Brothers Trevor and Clive Robinson, of Middle Brayshaw Farm, Tosside, made a sparkling debut at Skipton Auction Mart’s November prime lambs show by securing the championship with a pen of five Beltex-cross-Texels. (Mon, Nov 2)
Clive Robinson, right, with his champion pen of Skipton prime lambs,
joined by judge James Dewhurst.
Their 47kg charges headed the selling prices at £83 a head when acquired by Gerald Medcalf, of Jagger Green, Halifax, on behalf of Calderdale-based butcher John Dean, who runs Far Barsey Farm Shop in Saddleworth Road, Barkisland – the second month in succession that the shop has purchased the Skipton prime lamb champions.
The reserve champion pen of 45kg Texel-cross lambs from James Farrington, Helmsley, sold for £71 each to another regular butcher buyer Paul Kendall for his shop in High Street, Pateley Bridge.
For good measure, Kendall’s also purchased both the prime cattle champion – for the second consecutive month – and the reserve champion.
David Bamforth with his Skipton November prime cattle champion
The title winner, a 530kg British Blue heifer from L Bamforth & Sons, Hoyle Bottom Farm, Wainstalls, Halifax, also prime beef champions in September, sold for £1,105 (208.5p/kg) and will be prepared for sale in Kendall’s Farm Butchers’ second shop in Skipton Road, Harrogate.
The runner-up, a 495kg Limousin-cross heifer from Jimmy Baines, Trawden, a multiple award winner at Skipton’s prime shows, is also destined for Kendalls’ Pateley Bridge shop after being bought for £889 (179.5p/kg).
Back in the prime lamb classes, Calton-based Robert Crisp’s first prize pen of 49kg Mules sold for £66 a head to Andrew Atkinson, Kettlesing, who also paid £65 apiece for the first prize pen of Suffolks from Bobby Turner, Draughton.
Both vendors and buyers are now looking forward to Skipton Auction Mart’s high profile 2009 Christmas prime livestock shows and sales, on Sunday, November 29. The fixture was staged for the first time on a Sunday last year and was voted an overwhelming success, as the mart sought to replicate the atmosphere and sense of occasion of the former Smithfield Christmas Fatstock Show in London.
It also proved an excellent stage for Skipton to more effectively promote retail interest in livestock among customers from the regional meat trade and allow them to meet farmers in person. There was lively trading throughout, with exceptional prices achieved for the individual cattle and lamb champions and prize winners, as butcher buyers sought to source the pick of the region’s prime beef and lamb for customers’ Christmas tables.
“It promises to be bigger and better than ever this year,” said Skipton Auction Mart’s general manager Jeremy Eaton.
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