The inaugural show of pedigree and cross-bred Limousin juvenile
cattle looks set to be a highlight of the 2007 pedigree beef
season at Skipton Auction Mart.
Peter Goldsborough, of Manor House, East Cowton, Northallerton,
tends his 2006 Skipton pedigree Limousin champion.
Dubbed “The Northern Limousin Extravaganza” and
supported by the North East Limousin Breeders Club and the British
Limousin Society, the fixture, to be held on Wednesday, May 9,
has attracted a long list of sponsors and will carry a prize
fund of £2,300.
James Cooper, of Tomschoice Limousins at Dacre, Harrogate, who
has helped organise the event, says: “We hope it will attract
Limousin cattle from all over the north of the country.
“It will prove an ideal opportunity to showcase Limousin
youngsters before the start of the main show season in a secure
show ring in front of an appreciative audience of both commercial
and pedigree farmers. We hope it will encourage people who do
not usually show to ‘have a go’ - this will, in turn,
help many local shows during the year.
“This is something we have wanted to put in place for a
long time and we are looking forward to a successful launch show
with a robust entry. We anticipate that it will become an annual
event in the northern calendar.”
Judge William Smith, of Millbrook Limousins in Ireland, is one
of the best-known breeders in the Emerald Isle and organisers
are confident that, in addition to strong home support, there
will be major Irish interest in the event.
The show takes place on the same day when up to 1,500 pedigree
and commercial cattle are expected in the market, and forms part
of “Craven’s Limousin Day,” a double-header
also featuring the annual show and sale of pedigree Limousin
breeding cattle, with classes for bulls and females. Entries
for both close on Monday, April 23.
The Northern Limousin Extravaganza is a special show – there
is no sale - for halter-led youngsters. The pedigree section
features three classes – for Limousin heifers and bulls
born in 2006, a third for pairs. In the cross-bred section, there
are two classes for Limousin-sired heifers and steers.
Show sponsors are I’Ansons Feeds, Zintec, TransAg, Farmway,
British Limousin Cattle Society, UK Sire Services, Filtermech
Plant Services, Ripon Landrover, Ripon Select Foods Ltd, Yorkshire
Agricultural Society, Showtime, HACS, North East Limousin Breeders
Club, Crossroads Truck & Bus Group, Pearson Farm Supplies,
Craven Cattle Marts Ltd, Tomschoice Limousins, Redcliffe Computers,
Bishopton Vets, Schering Plough, LEBC and the Yorkshire Post.
Entry forms for both shows are now available from Heather Stoney
at the main Skipton Auction Mart office on 01756 792375 or James
Cooper can be contacted on 07770 960549.
Skipton’s high profile pedigree beef season begins on April
25 with “Blue Wednesday,” the third annual show and
sale of pedigree Belgian Blue breeding bulls, cows and heifers.
Full details of all shows are posted at www.ccmauctions.com
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