The countdown is on to the 2007 “Pedigree Beef Season” at
Skipton Auction Mart, featuring a series of high profile midweek
shows between late April and June, which has become one of the
highlights of the northern calendar.
The action begins on April 25 with “Blue Wednesday,” the
third annual show and sale of pedigree Belgian Blue breeding
bulls, cows and heifers. Once again, the fixture is expected
to attract top genetics from a number of the north’s leading
breeders, along with promising young bulls by leading Belgian-bred
The show will target sires that meet the requirements of both
pedigree and commercial buyers to generate further interest in
the breed’s beefing qualities.
Next up on Wednesday, May 9, is “Craven’s Limousin
Day,” a double-header featuring the annual show and sale
of pedigree Limousin breeding cattle, with classes for bulls
and females. Potential entrants should note that only halter-led
animals will qualify for the show, entries for which close on
Running alongside this event is a special show - no sale - for
halter-led pedigree and cross-bred Limousin youngsters. Supported
by the North East Limousin Breeders Club, it offers a prize fund
Skipton’s “Ling Fields Beef Cattle Fair,” the
annual multi-breed show and sale of pedigree beef breeding cattle
and Spring breeding bull sales, takes place on Wednesday, May
23. Again, there are special classes for bulls and females, plus
a halter-led requirement for all entries, which close on May
9. A special Spring pen-judged show and sale of commercial cows
and heifers with calves is also scheduled on May 23.
The pedigree season concludes on Wednesday, June 20, with the
third annual “Blue Ladies Day,” a show and sale of
pedigree Belgian Blue females, with a special invitation for
pedigree bulls. Entries close on May 23.
To foster additional interest, all shows will run alongside weekly
sales of store cattle, young bulls and suckler breeding cattle.
Skipton Auction Mart is also hosting another major beef event
on Thursday, May 17, the UK’s national beef event, “Beef
Expo 2007,” organised by the National Beef Association.
A show of top suckled calves and store cattle features a prize
fund of £4,000, including £800 for the overall champion
and up to £550 for the reserve, depending on class and
section placings. The 10 classes include three for Continental
steers, three for Continental heifers, two for pure-bred steers
and heifers, and two for native bred steers and heifers.
The entry fee is £5 per entry for members of the National
Beef Association and £10 for non-members. Closing date
for entries is April 17.
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