Lancashire Limousin cattle breeder Paul Fletcher earned a memorable Red Rose victory when sending out the supreme champion at Skipton Auction Mart’s annual “Red Pedigree Event.” (Wed, May 7)
The 2008 Skipton pedigree Limousin champion is pictured on the winner’s podium with exhibitor Paul Fletcher, left, and show judge Christopher Prince.
Paul, who runs his Siddall Limousin herd at Top O’Th Hill Farm, Birch, Heywood, and is a regular exhibitor at Skipton’s Spring and Autumn pedigree events, secured championship honours with his home-bred March, 2006, bull “Siddall Barney,” by the Neuphar son Sarkley Viking, out of Siddall Tanya, who is herself a product of Paul’s main stock bull Wintles Oak.
Also related on breeding to Limousin legends Broadmeadow Cannon, Roughley Capricorn and Broadmeadows Levis, the victor, who was making his debut in the exhibition arena, is just 1pt short on official figures of being among the top 1% of the breed.
Such credentials were reflected in the ring when the title-winner sold for the day’s top price of 2,900 guineas to D&S Hollings, of Peckett Well, Hebden Bridge.
The high profile show for pedigree Limousin breeding cattle attracted a 23-strong entry of bulls and females - quality livestock eminently suitable for pedigree, commercial, beef and dairy herds.
The reserve championship went to a home-bred July, 2006, breeding bull from the Brontemoor herd of Stephen Priestley, of SM & RJ Priestley, Hill Top Farm, Denholme, Bradford, who has regularly been among the Limousin trophies at Skipton in recent years.
“Brontemoor Bandaid” is by the Jersey son Sultan, who produced offspring to 9,000 guineas when successfully used as a sire by the Priestleys for four years, until being sold to UK Sires in Devon this February. The dam is Brontemoor Mandy.
The runner-up sold for 2,700 guineas to GH West & Son, of Fridaythorpe, Driffield, who also purchased the Priestleys’ first prize heifer for 1,000 guineas.
Breeding bulls averaged £2,174, with cows and calves selling to 1,500 guineas and maiden heifers to 1,400 guineas (av £1,163)
Show judge was Toft Gate pedigree Limousin man Christopher Prince, of Greenhow, Pateley Bridge.
Skipton’s annual Pedigree Beef season continues on Wednesday, May 21, with the Ling Fields Beef Cattle Fair - the annual multi-breed show and sale of pedigree beef breeding cattle and Spring breeding bulls. It culminates on Wednesday, June 4, with Blue Ladies Day, the annual show and sale of pedigree British Blue females.
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