Champions at the May prime lambs show at Skipton Auction Mart (Mon, May 5) were a pen of three 45-kilo Charollais lambs exhibited by Martin Preston, of the Bingley-based Robston Partnership.
Martin Preston, right, and judge Richard Binns, with the Skipton prime lambs champions.
Making the top price of £102 per head (227p per kilo), they were purchased by regular Skipton buyer Mick Etherington on behalf of Dan Woodend, of Woodends Butchers in Adel, Leeds.
Mr Etherington also bought the reserve champions, the first prize pen of 42-kilo Suffolk lambs shown by Graham Fort, of G&A Fort, Brighton House Farm, Steeton, for butcher brothers Mark and Darren Spauls for their two West Yorkshire shops in Burley-in-Wharfedale and Cottingley. The selling price was £100 per head (238p per kilo).
Both butchers have been regular past buyers of Skipton prime lambs champions and their latest acquisitions will be going on sale in their respective shops from this weekend.
Graham Fort was also third in the Suffolks class, his 38-kilo charges selling for £84 per head (221p per kilo) to show judge Richard Binns, of RC&B Binns Butchers, Saltaire. The 43-kilo runners-up from Mark Evans, of Steeton, sold for £90 each (209p per kilo) to Stuart Price Butchers, Crossflatts, Keighley.
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