There’s no keeping a good Limousin man down – certainly as far as renowned West Yorkshire breeder Steven Priestley is concerned at the moment.
The Skipton pedigree beef breeding cattle Limousin champion, Brontemoor Carnoustie.
Steven, who trades as JM & SM Priestley and runs his prolific Brontemoor herd from Hill Top Farm, Denholme, Bradford, sent out the supreme champion at the annual multi-breeds show and sale of pedigree beef breeding cattle at Skipton Auction Mart. (Wed, May 27)
Just a fortnight earlier, Steven had first presented the supreme champion bull at Skipton’s annual show and sale of pedigree Limousin breeding cattle, then followed up later the same day when one of his heifers secured the reserve pedigree and reserve female championships at the 2009 Northern Limousin Extravaganza, also held at Skipton.
At the latest fixture, the final show in the mart’s annual pedigree beef season, Steven landed the victor’s spoils with a well muscled young Limousin bull, the August, 2007-born Brontemoor Carnoustie, by the Ocean son Seaview Upstart, who is a recent addition to the Priestley siring ranks and whose progeny was making its first appearance at Skipton.
The dam is Steven’s own Brontemoor Islay, a daughter of Haltcliffe Egidus, with the champion selling for 2,600 guineas to WH Marsden, Crossgates, Leeds.
The reserve champion was another promising young Limousin bull, the 17-month-old Bewick Christmas from Kirklees breeder Andrew Roberts, of Oldfield, Honley. He is by the French sire Ionesco, out of Bewick Unicorn, bred by RH Leonard Ltd, of Aldbrough, Hull. Mr Roberts, who also runs a cattle foot trimming business, sold his runner-up for 1,800gns to Miss J M Thompson, Darley, Harrogate.
Top price in show at 3,500gns fell to an October, 2007, Limousin bull, Hartlingtontop Cavalier, from local father and son breeders Cliff and Mark Walker, of Burnsall. The son of Norman Arnie, out of Hartlingtontop Acorn, remained in the area when joining John Cowperthwaite, Eldroth.
The Walkers also sent out the top-priced Charolais bull, the July, 2007-born Wharfedale Cyclone, which attracted a bid a 1,950gns from another local buyer, John Mellin, of TH Mellin, Black Lane Ends.
Brian Lund, Walshaw, Hebden Bridge, sold his April, 2007, Parthanais bull Walshaw Charlie Boy, for 1,580gns to fellow Calderdale farmer M Hutchinson, Mixenden.
One of the youngest animals on show, an 11-month-old British Blue maiden heifer from brothers Alan and Graham Coates, of Stainforth, sold well when acquired for 1,450gns by near North Craven neighbour Martin Sharp, who also farms in Stainforth.
The Coates brothers are increasingly making their mark in the British Blue world. Their Skipton entry Greystone Dapple is a true home-bred, being by Greystone Atomic out of Greystone Orpine.
Senior Limousin bulls averaged £2,266, with junior Limousin bulls selling to 1,950gns (av £1,398) and senior Charolais bulls to 1,950gns (£1,767)
Judge was Huddersfield-based agricultural merchant's agent Janet Sheard, with the show attracting a local sponsor in Simon Foster, of farm waste collection business Farm XS, of Calton, Skipton.
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