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Kirkby Stephen Classic is the Bees Knees
2010-03-09

On Monday 8th March Harrison & Hetherington Ltd held their first Kirkby Classic show and sale of potential show cattle which proved to be a great success with a over flowing ring of prospective purchasers and vendors.

Bees Knees (Champion Beast) Andrew Marston of Messrs D & CE Marston (vendor) and Louise Todd (judge)

Bees Knees

A fantastic turnout of cattle were put on show and judging was in the capable hands of Miss Louise Todd, Manor Farm, East Torrington, Market Rasen and was kindly sponsored by Border British Blue Club, B & B Dairy Group, Caltech, Carr’s Billington, Jobsons Animal Health, Novartis, Graham Edwards Trailers and the British Limousin Cattle Society.

The championship was finally awarded to Bees Knees, a superb Limousin cross heifer from Messrs D & C E Marston, Easegill Head, Wharton, Kirkby Stephen.  This April born heifer was sired by Soleil and out of a British Blue cross cow, later being knocked down at £2,500 to the judge.  The reserve championship went to the second prize Limousin heifer, consigned by Messrs JS & JO Dodd, West View, Temple Sowerby.  Shania a March born heifer by Sulky and out of a Limousin cross cow, realised £2,650 and joins the Harrymans, Keskadale herd.  The whole sale of show cattle averaged a fantastic £1,195. 

Show Results

Class 1 - Limousin Bullock

1st        Messrs G Sowerby, Terrys Farm, Ormside, Appleby - £1000 to TWH          (Farming) Ltd

2nd       Messrs J W Watson, Whygillhead, Little Asby, Appleby - £810 to T Davie

3rd        Messrs D & C E Marston, Easegill Head, Wharton, Kirkby Stephen - £820 to AJ Geary

4th        Messrs M & E M Wilson, Arngill House, Lunedale, Middleton-In-Teesdale -          £1,120 to JV Hodgson

5th        Messrs KD & L Armer, Scar Sykes, Newbiggin On Lune, Kirkby Stephen -            £760 to D Barker

Class 2 - Limousin Heifer

1st        Messrs D & C E Marston, Easegill head, Wharton, Kirkby Stephen - £2,500 to     DT Todd Farming

2nd       Messrs JS & JO Dodd, West View, Temple Sowerby, Penrith - £2,650 to KD Harryman

3rd       Messrs JE & DJ Hutchinson, Hebblethwaite Hall Farm, Cautley, Sedbergh -        £920 to HR Hayton & Son

4th        Messrs JE & DJ Hutchinson, Hebblethwaite Hall Farm, Cautley, Sedbergh -        £900 to HR Hayton & Son

5th        Messrs J W Watson, Whygillhead, Little Asby, Appleby – Not Sold

Class 3 - British Blue Bullock

1st        Messrs E Wilson, White Hills, Scorton, Richmond - £1,000 to CN Bentley

2nd       Messrs E Wilson, White Hills, Scorton, Richmond - £1,050 to CN Bentley

3rd       Clive & Robert Owen, Ravenseat, Keld, Richmond - £760 to J Maughan

Class 4 - British Blue Heifer

1st        Messrs E Wilson, White Hills, Scorton, Richmond - £1,200 to TWH (Farming)     Ltd

2nd       Clive & Robert Owen, Ravenseat, Keld, Richmond - £1,080 to TWH (Farming)    Ltd

Class 5 - Baby Beef

1st        Ruth Stevenson, Howgill Foot, Kaber, Kirkby Stephen - £1,300 to W Richardson & Son

2nd       Ruth Stevenson, Howgill Foot, Kaber, Kirkby Stephen - £940 to CN Bentley

Champion - D & C E Marston, Easegill head, Wharton, Kirkby Stephen (Limousin Heifer)

Reserve Champion - Messrs JS & JO Dodd, West View, Temple Sowerby, Penrith (Limousin Heifer)

A good entry of store cattle forward sold to a great trade for all classes sold.  The highlight being a consignment of British Blue heifers topping a £1,550 from Messrs K & G Whithead, Thwaite Farm, Thwaite, with the 6 sold averaging £1,110.  The whole sale averaged £805.29 for a generally younger show of cattle.

Also on offer where some quality units of breeding cattle, which were very much sought after, a top price of £2,100 for a stunning outfit consigned by Messrs W & J Ousby, Bents farm, Newbiggin On Lune.  Several units broke the £2,000 barrier and several prospective purchasers left the ringside without success.  A Charolais bull consigned by Messrs D Curr & Son, Bowderhead Farm sold for £1,470.

Cast cows were forward in good numbers with a high proportion of dairy bred cattle.  Black & Whites topped at 125.50p (£975.14) for a cow consigned by Messrs J W Little, Row End, Soulby.  The top price per kilo being 127.50p (£957.53) from Messrs K A Brown & Sons, Asby Hall, with all cows averaging £640.92 (92.6p/kg).

Leading Prices

Bullocks

Limousin £1,120 Arngill House; £1000 Terrys Farm; £940 Howgill Foot; £940 (2), £910, £880 (3), £850 Eden Gate Holme Farm; £820 Easegill Head; £810 Whygillhead; £810, £770 Smardale Hall; £760 Scar Sykes; £750 (3) Ashfield; £680 Langrigg; £670 (2) Roans Farm

British Blue £1050, £1000 White Hills; £810, £770, £760 Ravenseat; £775 Thwaite Farm; £765 Langrigg; £755 Gawthorpe Hall

Charolais £725 (4), £895 (2), £870 (4), £820 (3), £750 (2) Helbeck Grange

Blonde £740 Stoneygarth; £650 Kelleth Rigg

Heifers

Limousin £2650 West View; £2500 Easegill Head; £1300 Howgill Foot; £1280 Thwaite Farm; £1000 Ravenseat; £920, £900 Hebblethwaite Hall Farm; £880, £860, £760 Langrigg House; £830 Greenside Farm; £810 Scar Sykes; £800 Tottlebank Farm; £750 High Stennersceugh

British Blue £1550, £1450, £1200, £870 (2) , £850 Thwaite Farm; £1200 White Hills; £1080 Ravenseat; £905, £890, £870, £790 Tottlebank Farm; £780, £770 Sunnyside; £775 Easegill Head; £750 Gawthorpe Hall

Blonde £805 Easegill Head; £700 Kelleth Rigg

 

Breeding Cattle

Breeding Bull

Charolais £1470 Bowderdale Head

Cow & Calves

Blonde x £2100 Bents Farm

Limousin £1900 Prospect Farm; £1600 Long Green; £1320 Buddle House; £1280 Thorn Bush Farm; £1020 Frith Holme

British Blue £1000 Skelcies Hall

 

Heifers & Calves

Limousin £2050, £1950 Riddings Farm; £1950 Green Farm; £1550 Thorn Bush Farm; £1080 Woodside Farm

British Blue £2000, £1200 Bents Farm; £1350 Green Farm

Bazadaise £1500 Green Farm

Blonde £1300 Bents Farm

 

In Calf Heifers

British Blue £1150 (2), £1100, £1020, £900 South View

Limousin £1100 Langrigg; £920 South View

 

Cast Cows

Per Kilo

Limousin 127.50p Asby Hall; 118.50p Villa Farm; 94.50p Croft House; 94.50p Thorney Gale

Black & White 125.50p, 99.50p Row End; 107.50p, 94.50p South House; 97.50p, 93.50p 88.50p (2), 87.50p Helbeck Grange; 93.50p, 88.50p Bridge End; 91.50p Swathburn; 86.50p Langford

British Blue 114.50p Abbey Park; 107.50p Asby Hall; 99.50p Tarn House; 97.50p Villa Farm

Per Head

Limousin £957.53 Asby Hall; £812.91 Villa Farm; £623.70 Thorney Gale

Black & White £975.14, £621.88 Row End; £822.38, £756 South House; £817.74, £758.29 Bridge End; £721.94 Swathburn; £679.58, £656.37, £608, £655.79 Helbeck Grange

British Blue £881.65 Abbey Park; £714.41 Tarn House; £710.78 Villa Farm

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