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Belgian Blue Youngster Awarded Skipton Title
09/11/07

Belgian Blue heifers made the headlines at the annual autumn show of suckled calves and store cattle with show potential at Skipton Auction Mart. (Wed, Nov 7)

Neville and David Harrison, joined by judge Ian Townson, right, with their Skipton Belgian Blue store champion.

Neville and David Harrison, joined by judge Ian Townson, right, with their Skipton Belgian Blue store champion.

A debut championship success at Skipton was achieved by farming brothers Neville and David Harrison, of Slaidburn.

The brothers, who trade as G&M Harrison at Harrop Hall, clinched the title with a young, promising home-bred Belgian Blue-cross heifer by their stock bull Tamhorn Unity, out of a South Devon-cross cow.

Show judge Ian Townson, of Clitheroe, a well-known commercial beef showman, commented: “I was looking for something that could walk, had good, long, clean legs, with no waist or belly and a clean brisket – an animal that will feed itself and go on. The champion exhibited all these qualities and is a nice example of a heifer.”

Ian then transferred his interest to the ringside when purchasing the eight-month-old title winner for £740. The Harrisons landed a clean sweep of the prizes in the 2007-born heifers class.

Reserve champion was another home-bred Belgian Blue-cross heifer from Jimmy Baines, of Trawden, exhibited by son Paul. The 15-month-old sold for £800 to Jeff Burrow, of Kirkby Malham.

John Stephenson, of Bordley, topped the selling prices with a heifer at £870 and a bullock at £840, along with a further heifer at £780. JV Fox, of Clitheroe, sold his third prize bullock for £660, while the first prize Charolais from R Green, of Bashall Eaves, made £640.

The show formed part of what was a major day for cattle at the mart, with the 718 store animals forward, including 156 young feeding bulls, 220 steers, 297 heifers and 45 suckler cattle.

There were two further Slaidburn successes when A Rigby presented a Belgian Blue cow with Belgian Blue heifer calf to top the suckler cattle classes at £1,090, while R & A Wallbank headed the young bulls prices with a Belgian Blue that sold for £630

Belgian Blue young bulls averaged £443, Limousins sold to £610 (av £432) and Blondes to £590 (av £503).

Belgian Blue steers averaged £510, with Limousins selling to a top of £680 (av £492) and Charolais averaging £584. Blondes sold to £590 (£482), Aberdeen Angus to £552 (£482), Simmental to £540 (£479), Saler to £535 (£504) and Parthenais to £530 (£510).

In the heifer classes, Belgian Blues averaged £469, with Limousins selling to £620 (£432), Blondes to £700 (£484) and Charolais to £682 (£511).

Also in the suckler cattle classes, a Belgium Blue cow with Belgian Blue bull calf sold at £720, with a Limousin-cross heifer with Limousin bull calf making £710 and a Limousin cow with Belgian Blue calf £700.

Prize Awards:
Best Bullock (2007 born) - 1, 2, 3 Coverhead Farms, Leyburn. Best Heifer (2007 born) - 1, 2, 3 G & M Harrison, Slaidburn. Best Bullock - 1 R Green, Bashall Eaves, 2 J Stephenson, Bordley, 3 JV Fox, Clitheroe. Best Heifer- 1 J Baines, Trawden, 2 &3 J Stephenson, Bordley. Best Charolais, sponsored by the North-East Charolais Club - 1 R Green, 2, 3 Coverhead Farms

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