A five-week-old Belgian Blue-cross youngster from Bill Pinder,
of Longstripes Farm, Newton-in-Bowland was champion at the annual
Christmas calves show at Skipton Auction Mart. (Mon, Nov 27)
The 2007 Skipton Christmas calves champion strikes a pose in the
sales ring as exhibitor Bill Pinder, second from right, is congratulated
by judge Paul Drinkall. Also pictured are sponsors Mark Platts
and Nicola Worsley.
One of 121 calves stepping forward for the fixture, the title
winner also topped the selling prices in the show classes at £240
when knocked down to Lincolnshire buyer Michael Fane, who was purchasing
the Skipton victor for the third year in succession.
He then went on to pay £232 for the reserve champion, a Limousin
bull calf from Richard Spence, of Low Jack Field Farm, Sutton-in-Craven,
who also presented the runner-up last year.
Top call in the sale at £246 went to a Belgian Blue bull
calf not entered in the show from N Jennings & Sons, of Cowling.
The first prize and top price Belgian Blue heifer from James Wellock,
of Eshton, was bought for £188 by show judge and near neighbour
Paul Drinkall, of Gargrave, who also paid a class-topping price
of £162 for a Limousin heifer from Richard Spence.
D & J Herd, of Hebden, had the best Charolais bull calf, sold
for £200 to Peter Lambert, of Leyburn, while in the native
breeds section an Aberdeen Angus bull from David Smith, of Sutton-in-Craven,
also caught the eye of Michael Fane at £197.
An Angus heifer calf from Mrs W A Brown, of Earby, sold for £68
to Miss S J Illingworth, of Queensbury, while a black and white
bull calf shown by Colin Whitelock, of Gargrave, found a new home
on the east coast when purchased for £122 by Whitby-based
R E Stainthorpe.
The show had dual sponsors in J Hatton Agriculture, of Skipton,
represented by Nicola Worsley, and Norbrook Pharmaceuticals, of
Carlisle, whose regional representative Mark Platts was in attendance.
Skipton vendors and purchasers can now look forward to “Craven’s
Prime Christmas” - the annual festive shows and sales of
prime cattle and prime lambs, on Monday, December 3, when a total
of four trophies and £300 in prize money will be on offer.
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