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Prime performances at Skipton Christmas shows

The 2006 Christmas shows and sales of prime cattle and prime lambs at Craven Cattle Marts’ Skipton Auction Mart (Mon, Dec 4) were among the most successful in recent memory, producing excellent across-the-board trading levels – including a mart record price for the champion lambs.

Gathering around the Skipton Christmas prime lambs champions are, from left, sponsors James Reeday, of F Reeday & Son Trailer Services, and Sarah Throup, of Farmsense, exhibitors Richard and Patsy Hodgson, judge Colin Robinson, and Skipton Auction Mart chairman and trophy presenter Anthony Dean.

Skipton Christmas prime lambs champions

The lambs landmark was achieved when show judge, Grassington butcher Colin Robinson, paid £166 per head (360p/kilo) for the title-winning pen of five pure-bred Texel lambs - he described them as “the prefect butcher’s lambs” – exhibited by Richard and Patsy Hodgson, of Scale Hill Farm, Skipton, regular trophy winners at their local mart.

Prime cattle trade was also extremely buoyant, peaking at the £1,544 (260p/kilo) paid by Keelham Farm Shop, of Thornton, Bradford, for the champion three-quarters Limousin steer from Keith Downs, of Milner Field, Bingley.

Keelham Farm Shop is run by brother and sister James and Victoria Robertshaw, who regularly buy title-winning prime animals at Skipton. “We are firm believers in supporting local producers and local markets wherever possible. It means everything to us,” said Victoria.

There were other outstanding performances in both the beef and lamb classes, where quality stock was in big demand by butcher buyers or their ringside representatives as they sought to source locally produced, fully traceable prime meat for this year’s Christmas tables.

Keith Downs also presented the reserve show champion, a Continental heifer which realised £1,275 (245p/kg) when bought by show judge and Calderdale meat wholesaler Richard Bamford, of Halifax.

Back in the prime lambs classes, Calderdale farmer Brian Lund, of Walshaw Farm, Hebden Bridge, saw his first prize pen of Suffolks then go on to be chosen as reserve show champions, selling at £66 each £66 (150p/kilo) to Paul Watson, of Hellifield.

The mules class was sponsored by the Skipton branch of the North of England Mule Sheep Association, with committee member Kevin Wilson, of Blubberhouses, on hand to present the victor’s rosette to winning exhibitor David Newbould, of Stan Brae View, Dallowgill. A trophy for the Swaledales classes was lifted by John Smith, of Carleton.

Other sponsors were Farmway, F Reeday & Son Trailer Services, Farmsense and the Kingsway Veterinary Group.

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