Meat and milk producers were on the menu at Skipton Auction Mart for a triple header – with the monthly prime cattle and lamb shows supplemented by a special Craven Dairy Auction. (Mon, June 1)
Peter Baul with his June Craven Dairy Auction champion.
In the dairy ring, the championship fell to the first prize newly calven Holstein Friesian heifer from Peter Baul, of M Baul & Partners, Watergate Farm, Bishop Thornton, Harrogate, who were winning the title for the third time.
By the Semex sire Shoremar James, the home-bred victor, which had calved a week before the show and was giving 30kg, sold for £1,920 to John Whittaker, of Laneshawbridge, Colne, who also paid £1,640 for the reserve champion.
This was the first prize newly calven cow from the Whinhill Holstein Friesian commercial herd of father-and-son farmers Malcolm and Robert Swires, of Haverah Park, Beckwithshaw, Harrogate. The home-bred runner-up, a second calver giving 35 litres, was by another Semex sire Comestar Lheros. Judge was Brian Moorhouse, Bell Busk.
There was strong demand for the second herd dispersal sale of in-calf dairy cattle from Richard Wood, of High Cliffe Farm, Lees Moor, Crossroads. Best of his 18-strong consignment at £1,760 was a cow carrying its third calf. S G Midgley, Malton, sold a 20-month-old maiden heifer, a daugher of Shottle, for £1,500.
Red Rose showman Jimmy Baines, who has farms in both Gisburn and Trawden, again landed the prime cattle championship, courtesy of judge James Dewhurst, with an 11-month-old white British Blue-cross heifer, sold for £1,059 (219p/kg) to a new purchaser at Skipton, Cross Meats, of Bacup.
Cross Meats is run by Philip and Raymond Cross, who have been farmers and butchers for over 30 years. They have three markets stalls in Bacup, Rawtenstall and Shaw, near Oldham, and the champion beef will be fully matured before going on sale to customers in all three markets.
Last year, Mr Baines became the first Craven Cattle Marts’ Stockperson of the Year, a new annual award to recognise the contribution of regular vendors, with points won at livestock shows throughout the year. He obviously doesn’t intend the give up the title without a fight!
First time vendor David Bamforth, of Hoyle Bottom Farm, Wainstalls, Halifax, sold his 485kg Charolais-x-Blonde D’Aquitaine heifer for £960 (198p/kilo) to near neighbours Keelham Hall Farm Shop, of Thornton, Bradford.
The prime lamb championship fell to a pen of five 37kg Beltex-x-Charollais youngsters from Robert Towers, of Camp House Farm, Farleton, Lancaster. Mr Towers, also champion at the April show, sold his latest title winners for £94 per head to show judge Mick Etherington, buying on behalf of Stuart Price Butchers, Crossflatts, Keighley. They achieved the day’s top price per kilo at 254.7p
The reserve champions, a pen of Suffolk-cross lambs, came from Richard Shepherd, of FM Shepherd & Sons, Pateley Bridge, his 48kg charges selling for £98 to each to Andrew Atkinson, Kettlesing.
P & J Sedgwick, Trawden, headed the individual prime lamb prices with a pen of 51kg Charollais, acquired at £112 per head by Nick Dalby, Harrogate. The overall average selling price of the 429 Spring lambs forward was 221p/kg.
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