A British Blue-cross “baby” with a potentially bright
future took championship honours for Ken Fawcett & Sons, of
Dale Head Farm, Barden, at the annual Spring show and sale of young
feeding bulls at Skipton Auction Mart. (Wed, March 26)
Pictured with the Skipton young bulls champion are exhibitor John Fawcett, right, and judge Keith Bowes
It was the second year in succession that the Fawcetts had clinched
the title with a ten-month-old home-bred BB-cross youngster. Like
their 2007 victor, it is by the British Blue Society-registered
Brookfield Vaughan, bought from Stephen Potter, of Thirsk, and
now in its third year as a sire on the Fawcett suckler herd.
Exhibited by John Fawcett, the 2008 champion sold for the top price
of £960 to Steven Swales, of York, who also bought last year’s
title winner for £800, signifying improved trading levels
this time around.
In addition, Mr Swales paid £715 to secure the reserve champion,
a six-months-old home-bred Limousin-cross bull from Richard Brown,
of R & VJ Brown, Kirkby Malham. The same buyer was also responsible
for the second highest price of the day - £900 for the third
prize British Blue bull from E & M Townsend, Clapham.
Judge was Keith Bowes, of Bilbrough, York.
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