West Yorkshire Limousin cattleman Steven Priestley landed an unprecedented
third successive championship success – and saw his victor
sell for a new mart record price - at the annual multi-breeds show
and sale of pedigree beef breeding cattle at Skipton Auction Mart.
(Wed, May 23)
Steven Priestley with his Skipton pedigree beef breeding cattle
Limousin champion, joined by judge Eileen Wilson.
Steven, of JM & SM Priestley, Hill Top Farm, Denholme, Bradford,
notched his first championship win in 2005, following up by sending
out both the champion and reserve champion last year. This time around,
it was another excellent young bull from the Priestley’s Brontemoor
herd that stole the show on his debut in the exhibition arena.
The September, 2005, bull – Brontemoor Apenzeller – by
the AI sire Sarkley Panther, out of the home-bred Brontemoor Romance,
also made a lasting impression in the ring, selling for the day’s
top price of 3,100 guineas, a new mart record for a pedigree bull,
to E & MA Procter & Son, of Kirkby Stephen.
The Priestleys also sold another Limousin bull, the July, 2005,
Brontemoor Arrowmint, by Procters Subaru, out of the home-bred
Brontemoor Rolo, for 2,000 guineas to JR Carr, of Bolton Abbey.
Reserve champion was another show debutant, a January, 2006, Blonde
D’Aquitaine bull exhibited by Ian Moorhouse, of TB Moorhouse & Son,
Fouldshaw Farm, Dacre Harrogate, who are beginning to make their
mark on the show circuit, stepping up on their second and third
in class at last year’s Skipton show.
Their 2007 runner-up, Fouldshaw Bouncer, is a product of Hillhead
Umpire, standing in Ireland, himself a son of the French-bred Palace.
The dam is the Cheshire-based Bridge Odile. Unsold on the day,
Bouncer can be expected bounce back to further success in the show
Judge Eileen Wilson, of Scorton, Richmond, who breeds pedigree
Limousin, Belgian Blue and Blonde D’Aquitaine cattle, said: “In
a good show of young bulls, with all breeds well represented, the
champion stood out as a long, clean modern-day bull carrying flesh
in all the right places. The reserve was also a very good example
of the breed.”
The show saw a turnout of 25 breeding bulls and ten females and
representation from Limousin, Belgian Blue, Charolais, Blonde d’Aquitaine,
Aberdeen Angus and Saler pedigree breeds. Many came from noted
breeders, offering plenty of appeal for pedigree, commercial, beef
and dairy herds.
The fixture brought down the curtain on Skipton’s 2007 “Pedigree
Beef Season” series of midweek shows, which began last month
and has grown to become one of the highlights of northern calendar.
To foster additional interest, all shows ran alongside weekly sales
of store cattle, young bulls and suckler breeding cattle.
Blonde D'Aquitaine Bull – 1 TB Moorhouse, Dacre,
2 J & JE Bradley, Litton, 3 JR Ingle, Gainsborough.
Bull – 1 JM & SM Priestley, Denholme, 2 AJ Mason, Embsay,
3 JM Dodsworth & L Wrightson. Other Continental Bull - 1 K
Gamble, 2 AB Woodhouse.
Pedigree Female – 1,2&3 Rigel
Other Chief prices:
Bulls: Blonde - JR Ingle 1600gns, B.Blue -
K Gamble 1250gns. Limousin - AJ Mason 1800gns, 1200gns, T & E
Priestley 1200gns. Females: Limousin Cow & Calf - AJ Mason
1550gns. Saler Heifer - Rigel Pedigree 900gns, 800gns. Blonde -
J & JE Bradley 700gns.
Bulls: Limousin 3,100gns av £1,500,
Blonde 1,600gns av. £1,275. Charolais 1,350gns, B.Blue
Females: Limousin Cow & Calf 1,550gns, Saler Heifer
900gns av. £892, Blonde Heifer 700gns, A.Angus Heifer, 400gns
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