Calderdale cattlemen claimed both championship and reserve championship
honours on “Craven Champions Day,” the annual high profile
show and sale of store cattle with future show potential at Craven
Cattle Marts’ Skipton Auction Mart. (Wed, February 14).
Adrian Leach with his Skipton store cattle with show potential
Adrian Leach, of Owlers Farm, Shackleton Hill, Hebden Bridge, landed
supreme championship honours with his nine-month-old Belgian Blue-cross
heifer, while fellow Hebden Bridge farmer, Brian Lund, of Walshaw
Farm, took the reserve title with an eight-month-old Parthenais-cross
The champion, home-bred out of a Gelbvieh-cross cow, is by the same
sire as Adrian’s title-winning top-priced Belgian Blue heifer
at the Spring 2006 Skipton show of store cattle with show potential.
This year’s victor, which headed the non halter-led section,
sold for £1,100 to a show man from Lancashire.
Top price of the day at £1,420 went to a Belgian Blue heifer
from Kath Saffrey, of Halton West, sold to RA & NJ Wheelwright,
of Halifax, who also paid £840 for Brian Lund’s home-bred
reserve show champion, best of the halter-led entries and by a prolific
sire in the Grimsby-based Willow Green herd.
A total of 70 budding bovine stars of the future, a record entry,
took part in this well-established event on the North of England
show circuit. Past shows have seen many Skipton-bought cattle go
on to bigger and better things in exhibition arenas across the length
and breadth of the country.
Judge Bob Kingston, from Bridgewater, Somerset, said the show had
produced some superb quality entries. “Both the champion and
reserve stood out on weight, size and prettiness. By the time they
get to Christmas, they will be just as they should be. I judged them
on this potential,” he said.
JC Walker & Son, of Brennand Farm, Dunsop Bridge, bidding for
an unprecedented third consecutive supreme championship success at
the show, this year had to settle for reserve title honours in the
halter-led classes with a home-bred Belgian Blue-cross heifer, a
full sister to their 2006 champion. It sold for £700 to CR
Nicholson, of Cawthorne.
Reserve champion in the non-haltered classes was a Continental heifer
from W&M Orme, of Hawes, sold for £610 to a buyer from
The Charolais championship went to Coverhead Farms at Leyburn, with
a home-bred 13-month-old heifer – her grand sire is the 28,000
guineas Maerdy Prime - exhibited by farm manager David Maughan. She
made £760 when bought by CR Nicholson.
The show offered £800 in prize money, 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 Janet Sheard.
Held alongside the fortnightly sale of almost 800 store and breeding
cattle, the day attracted a phenomenal public turnout and many satisfied
sellers and buyers, in particular purchasers seeking quality animals
for the 2007 show circuits.
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