PETER Waring, who runs the Winton pedigree dairy herd with son, James, at Field House Farm, Cherry Burton, Beverley, made another long journey west well worthwhile when consigning both the champion and reserve at Skipton Auction Mart’s opening June Craven Dairy Auction show and sale. (Mon, June 6)

Their title winner, courtesy of show judge Colin Whitelock, of Gargrave, was the first prize cow, Crosbymoor Daredevil Amanda, a 2018-born Bomaz Daredevil daughter, out of a dam who gave over 14,000kg at 4.42% and 3.05% in her third lactation. Herself a second calver fresh on May 22 and giving 37kg, the victor sold for £1,950 to J Critchley from Hutton, Preston.

The Warings’ reserve champion was a home-bred newly calven heifer, Winston Shottle Dellia, from the legendary Dellia family and by the equally legendary dairy sire, Picston Shottle. The dam, Winton Atlanta Dellia, was bred from six generations of VG and EX cows, with her October, 2019, daughter, fresh on May 18 and giving 30kg, commanding £2,050 when claimed by JP&KE Hartley.

The Waring family herd was first established in 1948 and currently milks 170 cows, also producing its own dairy ice cream, home-made by James’s wife Becky.

Incalf cows sold to £1,850 and an average of £1,450.

A total of 47 rearing calves were put forward, with Blue bulls averaging £399 with all quality 4-week-old bulls with good colour £400-£460. A top price was received by M&R Smith, Winterburn, at £470.

Blues sold at an average of £399, with M&R Smith topping at £470. Aberdeen Angus averaged £276, with M Fewster reaching £300.

GD&A Midgeley had the best Char at £485, ahead of the £475 average. Black and whites averaged £55, with Wood Bros topping at £138.

Blue heifers saw plenty of trade and averaged at £286, with JP&KE Hartley fetching £390. Angus heifers averaged £155, and Limousins went to £300.