A FATHER-and-son dairy farming duo from Cowling was the cream of the crop at a Skipton Auction Mart event.

Norman and Chris Bell, who run a 90-strong Mireclose pedigree Holstein herd, took championship honours at the fortnightly Craven Dairy Auction.

And their home-bred Mireclose Secretariat Amanda made the day's second highest price of £2,750 when it sold to Richard Sutcliffe, of Queensbury.

It was a second championship success for the Bells, who resumed showing dairy cattle at the auction mart around a year ago to boost the herd's profile.

The father and son also made a name for themselves in March. At an online working sheepdog sale they paid a whopping £2,600 for a Welsh-bred pup, which Chris says is doing well on the farm.