North Craven prime lambs took championship honours at a well supported
and high quality July show at Skipton Auction Mart, (Mon, July
2) which saw recent improved trading levels maintained.
Richard Caton, right, and judge Andrew Finch with the
Skipton July prime lamb champions.
Richard Caton, of H Caton & Sons, Neals Ing Farm, Stainforth,
clinched the title with a five-strong pen of 40-kilo Texel-cross
lambs, purchased for the day’s top price of £67 per
head (168p/kg) by Mick Etherington, on behalf of Stuart Price Butchers,
of Crossflatts, Keighley.
Price’s Butchers is a regular buyer of Skipton prime lamb
champions and the latest acquisitions will be going on sale to
appreciative customers at the Lime Court shop from Thursday, July
Stuart Price said: “We are great believers in procuring locally
produced, fully traceable top quality lambs and other meat products
through recognised, reputable sources at every opportunity.
“More and more of our customers want to know where the meat
they eat comes from and, backed with full support documentation
from Skipton Auction Mart, we are more than happy to supply them
with this information.”
With a healthy entry of almost 2,000 lambs, well over double the
numbers at the previous week’s sale, judge Andrew Finch,
of Preston-based Dunbia UK, had a tricky task. He noted: “It
was a good show of lambs, continentals in particular, ideal for
both butchers’ and export markets.”
The reserve championship went to David Hall, of Church Close Farm,
Coniston Cold, who won the overall title at the June show of prime
lambs, sold for tables at his neighbouring Coniston Hotel through
a true gate-to-plate local supply partnership.
David’s July runners-up, a pen of 38-kilo Rouge-cross continental
lambs, made £55.50 each (146p/kg) when bought locally by
Ross Greenwood, of Carleton.
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