Budding bovine stars of the future are set to line up on “Craven
Champions Day,” the first major cattle show of the year at
Craven Cattle Marts’ Skipton Auction Mart next Wednesday, February
Crowds pack into the cattle ring at Skipton at last year's Craven
Already, a 50-strong entry bodes well for the success of the annual
show and sale of cross-bred and pure-bred cattle with commercial
show potential, a well-established fixture on the North of England
Among the contenders are some classy Limousin, Belgian Blue and Parthenais
animals, with notable consignments expected from both regular cattle
vendors at Skipton, along with a number of new faces.
The show will be held alongside the fortnightly sale of up to 800
store and breeding cattle, making it a major day in the calendar
for both vendors and purchasers, but in particular for buyers looking
for quality animals for the 2007 show circuits.
Past fixtures have seen many Skipton-bought cattle go on to bigger
and better things in exhibition arenas across the length and breadth
of the country.
A highly experienced showman from Devon will judge this year’s
event, which will offer prize money to the value of £800, donated
by six sponsors - the North East Limousin Breeders Club, the Lancashire
and Yorkshire Charolais Breeders Club, BOCM Pauls, KW Alternative
Feeds, Pfizer Animal Health and agricultural merchant’s agent
At last year’s Craven Champions Day, the biggest public turnout
in years at Skipton saw excellent trading levels achieved and confidence
is high that the show will once again make a major impact.
Belgian Blues ruled the roost in 2006, when JC Walker & Son,
of Brennand Farm, Dunsop Bridge, took championship honours for the
second year in succession. The family will be back again this year
in a bid to make it an unprecedented hat-trick of title wins.
The fortnightly sale of cattle begins at 9.45am with young bulls,
followed by store bullocks and heifers. Show judging commences at
10.30am in the courtyard, with the champion and other prizewinners
offered for sale at 1.30pm. Breeding cattle will sold at 12noon through
the main ring
Calderdale cattle coup at Craven Champions Day
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