A baby heifer with a bright future stole the show on Craven
Champions Day, the annual show and sale of commercial store cattle
with future show potential at Skipton Auction Mart. (Wed, February
Tom Akrigg, left, with the Skipton store cattle with show potential
champion and judge Kevin Ludgate.
The six-month-old home-bred Limousin-cross heifer from Dalesman
Chris Akrigg, of Manor Farm, Cray, was first chosen as champion
in the halter-led classes before going on to take the overall supreme
championship in the hands of Mr Akrigg’s son Tom.
By the renowned Irish Limousin sire Rocky, out of a Limousin-cross
dam, the victor went on to impress in the ring when sold for the
show-topping price of £1,680 to Steven Swales, of York.
Judge Kevin Ludgate, a commercial cattle and sheep breeder from,
Tebworth, Bedfordshire, said the title winner stood out in a high-quality
show as “a lovely, kind animal with good potential for the
forthcoming show season.”
The reserve championship fell to a March, 2007, Belgian Blue-cross
heifer shown by Jonathan Townley, of E&M Townley, Nutta Farm,
Clapham. By the late Belgian Blue sire Ridge Dean Vespa, the home-bred
runner-up, out of a pure-bred Blonde d’Aquitane cow, sold
for £950 to RF Whitfield, a buyer from Cheshire.
Champion in the non halter-led section was a Belgian Blue heifer
from David Broadbent, of Green House Farm, Midgley, Hebden Bridge.
Shown by Linda Cropper, daughter of Jim Cropper, the renowned sheep
dog handler, it sold for £960 to David Wilcock, of Wigan.
Mr Wilcock also bought the reserve champion, a Blonde d’Aquitane-cross
heifer from Stephen Horsefield, Halifax, for £855, along
with a Belgian Blue bullock from David Broadbent at £880.
Robert Holroyd, Hebden Bridge sold a 16-month-old Belgian Blue
heifer to William Timm, Goole, for £1,080. A Belgian Blue
heifer from Brian Lund, Hebden Bridge, made £900 to Matt
Townsend, Laneshawbridge, the same price paid by JB Fenwick, Barnard
Castle, for a Belgian Blue bullock from Rowan Leach, Halifax. Another
BB bullock from John Stockdale, Burnsall, made £850 to JM
There were further Calderdale successes when Adrian Leach, of Shackleton
Hill, Hebden Bridge, supreme champion in 2007, this year won the
haltered Continental bullocks class with an eight-month-old Blonde
d’Aquitane, sold for £680 to RF Whitfield.
Brian Lund, reserve supreme champion last year, took first prize
in the haltered Continental heifers section with an 11-month-old
Parthenais-cross heifer, another JM Townsend acquisition at £845.
For good measure, Brian’s 21-year-old daughter Kate Lund,
who combines her family farming duties with a job in the catering
department at Calderdale Royal Hospital, was awarded first prize
in the young handlers class with a Belgian Blue-cross heifer. This
special class was sponsored by Huddersfield-based agricultural
merchant’s agent Janet Sheard.
Other sponsors this year were Skipton-based Wynnstay, who acquired
John Hatton Agriculture in the New Year, the North East Limousin
Breeders Club, the Yorkshire and North-East Branch of the Charolais
Cattle Society, BOCM Pauls and Pfizer Animal Health. In addition,
the supreme champion and reserve were awarded a FABBL Assurance
Scheme rose bowl by Shaun McWilliams.
A total of 69 budding bovine stars of the future were entered in
the show, an established early season fixture on the North of England
circuit. Previous shows have seen Skipton-bought store cattle progress
to further successes in exhibition arenas across the country.
Held alongside the fortnightly sale of almost 700 young bulls,
store and suckler breeding cattle, the day proved the busiest to
date this year at Skipton, yielding many contented vendors and
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