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Skipton gears up for Northern Limousin Extravaganza

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.

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

link Local success at Skipton Young Bulls Show
link Countdown commences to Skipton pedigree beef season
link New name on Craven Dairy Auction trophy

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