A first-ever visit to Skipton Auction Mart by Nottinghamshire-based
Limousin cattle breeders Barry and Jill Heald and their son Matthew
paid rich dividends when the family landed championship spoils
at Skipton’s annual “Red Pedigree Event.” (Wed,
The 2007 Skipton pedigree Limousin champion takes to the winner’s
podium with handler Mark Phillips, left, and show judge Stephen
The Healds, from Home Farm, Grove, Retford, saw their 20-month-old
home-bred bull Coachhouse Agreeable awarded the title by show
judge Stephen Wilde, of Bradfield, Sheffield, who runs the Ewden
Vale herd of pedigree Limousins.
The victor is by Fedneyhouse Nelson, out of Coachhouse Sillhouette,
herself a product of Haltcliffe Picasso, the Heald’s main
stock bull, who won the East Midlands Limousin Breeders Best
Stock Bull and Progeny 2006. Agreeable went on to sell for 2,400gns
to a North Yorkshire purchaser.
For the second year running, the reserve champion was shown by
husband-and-wife team, John and Claire Mason, of Oddacres Farm,
Embsay. Their 15-month-old home-bred bull, Oddacres Basil” has
the same parents as the Masons’ 2006 runner-up, being by
the French stock bull Titan out of their own Oddacres Truffle.
Titan, standing with the Patereau herd in the Limoges region
of France, is out of the renowned cow Moumoute, full sister of
the famous Jacot, with the same bloodlines as many top crossing
bulls, including Rossignol, Requin, Saphir and Paul.
With such impressive breeding credentials and described as a
young bull with excellent future potential by the judge, it was
little surprise when the reserve champion sold for the day’s
top price of 3,000gns to Messrs Woof, of Leyburn.
The Spring show and sale of pedigree Limousins, part of Skipton’s
current pedigree beef show season, attracted a robust 30-strong
entry, including 20 bulls and 10 females, which saw a near 100%
It was followed the same afternoon by the “Northern
Limousin Extravaganza,” the inaugural show for juvenile Limousin
cattle. Both shows took place on a very busy day at Skipton,
with over 1,500 cattle in the mart.
Red Pedigree Sale Prices: Senior Limousin Bull to 2400gns av. £1725,
Intermediate Limousin Bull to 2600gns av. £1950, Junior
Limousin Bull to 3000gns av. £1881, Limousin Cow & Calf
to 1480gns, Limousin Heifer & Calf to 1420gns, Limousin Maiden
Heifer to 820gns
Chief Prices: AJ Mason 3000gns, 1750gns, 1600gns, JM & SM
Priestley 2600gns, Messrs Heald & Co 2400gns, JA Morphet & Son
1480gns, IK & AM Grisedale 1500gns, W Orme 1350gns, T & E
Priestley 1950gns, D & D Prince 1450gns, 1400gns
First Northern Limousin Extravaganza a runaway success
Craigatoke Limousin Bull Tops Carlisle Sale at 30,000 Guineas
Local success at Skipton Young Bulls Show