Well-supported opening September shows for prime cattle and lambs at Skipton Auction Mart saw all three champions purchased by West Yorkshire butchers. (Mon, Sept 1)
Jimmy Baines' Skipton prime cattle champion
A 13-month-old British Blue-cross youngster from Red Rose breeder Jimmy Baines, of Trawden, was pick of the prime cattle, selling for the top price in show at £1,079 (208p per kilo) to Nick Dalby, on behalf of James and Victoria Robertshaw, of Keelham Hall Farm Shop at Thornton, Bradford.
On a day when 3,634 prime lambs passed through the ring – the best entry of the year to date - North Craven sheep farmer Richard Frankland, of New Hall Farm, Rathmell, won his third prime lambs championship in as many months.
His pen of five 40-kilo Beltex cross lambs sold for show-topping price of £88 per head (220p per kilo) to show judge Mick Etherington, buying on behalf of Mark Spauls Butchers, for his two shops in Main Street, Burley-in-Wharfedale, and The Parade, Cottingley.
In addition, there was a special show and sale of Masham prime lambs of behalf of Masham Sheep Breeders Association, which, like the prime cattle show, was also judged by Mr Etherington, who awarded championship honours to David Verity, of W&R Verity, of Grange Farm, Bouthwaite, Ramsgill.
It was the second year in succession that the Verity family had sent out the title winners, with their pen of five 49-kilo lambs again purchased by Mr Etheringtron for £74 each on behalf of John Kearns Butchers, Market Square, Shipley.
The monthly prime cattle and lamb shows are sponsored by Guy Machinery, based at Skipton Auction Mart, and prizes were presented by sales executive Gary Robinson. The Mashams fixture was again sponsored to the tune of £200 by Skipton regular Les Thackray, of Mickley, Ripon.
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