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Oak Tree championship success at Skipton Belgian Blue show

“Blue Wednesday” at Skipton Auction Mart - the third annual show and sale of pedigree Belgian Blue breeding cattle (April 25) – saw championship honours go to a well-muscled 15-month-old bull from John Pedley, of Oak Tree Farm, Barbon, Carnforth.

Richard Pedley, left, with his Skipton pedigree Belgian Blue champion, joined by judge Mark Hartley.

Oak Tree Acorn

The victor was exhibited by John’s son Richard and success was all the sweeter as the Pedleys were making their debut in the show ring at Skipton after establishing their Oak Tree Belgian Blue herd in the wake of foot and mouth. They have only started showing recently.

The champion, Oak Tree Acorn, is by the well-known and well-used Belgian-based sire Dafyd D’Ochain, out of Norbreck Stargazer, runner-up at the Carlisle Premier Female show in 2002.

Chosen on “muscle and size” by show judge Mark Hartley, of Nelson, who has the renowned Pendle pedigree Belgian Blue herd, the victor sold for 2,000 guineas to RD Atkinson, of Goole.

For the second year in succession, the reserve championship went to North Yorkshire husband-and-wife Belgian Blue breeders Stephen and Gill Potter, whose Brookfield herd is based at Westside, Topcliffe, Thirsk.

Their pedigree home-bred April, 2004, heifer, Brookfield Wilma, is by Histon D’Embise, the 1997 Royal Show supreme champion, out of their own Brookfield Tara, and appeared at the show with her two-month-old calf Brookfield Cara, by the Potters’ stock bull Brookfield Thurso. Mother and daughter sold for 1,800 guineas to a purchaser from Richmond, North Yorkshire.

Top price of the show was the 2,650 guineas paid for a March, 2005, pedigree bull from Eileen Wilson, of White Hills, Scorton, Richmond. Aprilton Ambrose, who has already been used on four cows, now settled in calf, is by Serum D’Anloy out of the home-bred Aprilton Riviera. It sold locally to K&M Berry, of Thornton-in-Craven.

Cheshire exhibitor T Okell, of Aston, Runcorn, sold a November, 2005, bull, Birdswood Aston Martin, for 2,300 guineas to G Worden, of Burnley, while an unregistered pure-bred bull from John Stevenson, of Bordley, made 2,200 guineas when purchased by TH Heslop & Sons, of Spofforth.

With cattle suitable for pedigree, commercial, beef and dairy herds, Blue Wednesday again attracted top genetics from some of the north’s leading breeders, along with a number of promising young bulls by leading Belgian-bred sires.

The show was sponsored by John Boothman Agricultural Services, of Barnoldswick, Carrs Billington Animal Feeds, and Skipton-based John Mason Printers.

It was the opening fixture in Skipton’s acclaimed 2007 “Pedigree Beef Season,” which features a series of high profile midweek shows running until June and has become one of the highlights of the northern calendar.

Bull – 1 JH Pedley, Carnforth, 2000gns to RD Atkinson, Goole, 2 GK & JW Stapleton, Skipton, 2500gns to C Whitelock, Gargrave, 3 T Okell, Runcorn, 2300gns to G Worden, Burnley.

Female –1 S & GA Potter, Topcliffe, 1800gns to Mr Bainbridge, Richmond.

Bulls to 2650gns, av £1,800 (5 realising over £2,000),
in-calf heifers to 750gns av £708,
heifer & calf to 1800gns

link Johnson Championship Four-Timer at Craven Dairy Auction
link Skipton gears up for Northern Limousin Extravaganza
link Countdown commences to Skipton pedigree beef season

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