Gillian clinches reserve champion

success: Gillian Dewhurst and with the reserve champion, a newly calved heifer and the champion beast at the Brockholes Auction Mart Christmas sale
success: Gillian Dewhurst and with the reserve champion, a newly calved heifer and the champion beast at the Brockholes Auction Mart Christmas sale

Farmers throughout the area have been successful at Christmas shows and auctions.

At the Gisburn Auction Christmas Dairy Show, a Picston Shottle sired heifer, from the Feizor herd, was triumphant on December 6.

Pre-sale show judges, Alf and Andrew Townsend made quick work of the judging, despite an exceptionally strong entry in the pedigree class and had no hesitation in crowning WA and A Booth, of Austwick, Lancaster’s heifer the winner of the Directors’ Silver Challenge Trophy.

Giving 40 litres, she sold to the pre-sale judges for £2,900.

Bargh Bros, of Skipton, were next in the bidding stakes with their newly calved heifer, which sold to an undisclosed pedigree dairy farmer, who went on to purchase another quality newly calved heifer, this time from regular vendor, Jeremy Taylor, of Skipton, for £2,250.

Reserve Champion, a newly calved heifer came from John and Gillian Dewhurst, of Whittingham, was claimed by JJ and JD Graves, of Carlisle for £2,150.

Best commercial heifer came from Stuart Forshaw, of Alston, Longridge, a more traditional type selling to Cheshire based dairy farmer W E and O Blockley.

The in calf section saw the champion award go to DE Richardson, of Samlesbury, selling a Scooby Doo sired heifer due December to Tom Green, Wigan for £1,800.

Winner of the coloured class was Geoff Abbot, of Wigan, with a pedigree Montbeliarde which sold to GR Parkin and Sons, York for £1,100.

Also, at the Brockholes Arms Auction Mart Christmas Show and Sale at Claughton on Brock, Garstang butcher Tim Hamlet was the successful bidder for the champion beast - a Charollais Heifer weighing 535 kg and shown by Sean Forshaw, of Alston, Longridge, which sold for £1,808.