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Towers Four-Timer at Skipton Prime Shows
2010-07-06

A fourth consecutive title in the lamb classes, coupled with a champion and reserve champion buyers’ double in both the prime lamb and cattle shows, were the highlights of the monthly fixture at Skipton Auction Mart. (Mon, July 5)

Robert Towers with his Skipton July prime lamb champions, his fourth consecutive success.

Robert Towers with his Skipton July prime lamb champions, his fourth consecutive success

Robert Towers, of JD & V Towers, Farleton, Lancaster, made it four title wins on the trot with a pen of five Meatlinc-x-Charollais lambs. The 42kg Contintental-cross victors, described by the vendor as the best he had brought to market of late, were knocked down for show-topping price of £100 per head to Keelham Hall Farm Shop, at Thornton, Bradford.

The shop also snapped up the prime lamb reserve champions, the first prize pen of 42kg Down-cross lambs from RA & M Earnshaw, Gargrave, at £71 each. All the lambs will be on sale from this weekend.

Keelham Hall Farm Shop also pulled off a notable one-two when securing both the victor and runner-up in the prime cattle section. The shop paid £1,037 (209.5p/kg) for the July prime cattle champion, a 495kg British Blue-cross heifer from reigning Craven Cattle Marts’ Stockperson of the Year, Jimmy Baines, who has farms in both Trawden and Gisburn.

Keelham Hall’s reserve champion was the first prize 520kg British Blue bullock from L Balmforth & Sons, at nearby Wainstalls, acquired at £1,016 (195.5p/kg.

The shop’s buying spree continued with three further British Blue acquisitions from the Bamforths - a 520kg heifer for the day’s price top price per kilo of 215.5p, totaling £1,120, the first prize bullock at £1,016 (195.5p/kg) and the second prize heifer at £861 (191.5 p/kg).

It didn’t stop there. Keelham Hall also paid the highest gross price of the day at £1,241 (203.5p/kg) for the second prize British Blue bullock from Simon Bennett, of Silsden.

Keelham Hall Farm Shop is renowned for its constant quest for quality and solid support of local farmers. It has now acquired five of the seven Skipton prime cattle champions this year, along with many other beef and lamb champions and prizewinners over previous years.

Also in the prime beef classes, Jimmy Baines’ third prize heifer sold for £948 (195.5 p/kg) to T Kendall & Sons Butchers, Pateley Bridge, while British Blues from Brian Lund, Walshaw, Hebden Bridge, won first and second prizes in the young bulls class.

Both sold to J&E Medcalf Wholesale Butchers, Halifax, for £912 (161.5 p/kg) and £896 (154.5 p/kg) respectively. In the feeding cows section, Richard Maudsley, Rathmell, sold a British Blue cow for 149p/kg, or £1,025 gross.

While prime lamb prices experienced the usual seasonal wobble in the national average, the average price on the day was a creditable 157.54p/kg per head, or £63.66 each - 15p/kg or £6 a head up on the corresponding week in 2009, with numbers similar.

Show judge, Saltaire butcher Richard Binns, who also officiated in the prime cattle show, bought the second prize pen of Continental-cross 42kg lambs from Richard and Robert Greenwood, West Marton, at £78 each, while Robert Towers was also responsible for the third prize 43kg pen, which made £83.50 a head to Riley Bros Wholesale Butchers, Dunnockshaw, Burnley.

Mark Evans, Steeton, sent out the second and third prize Suffolks, sold at £80 and £75 apiece to Andrew Atkinson, Harrogate, and G Kirby & Son, Bishop Thornton. Mule lambs peaked at £62.50 a head for the first prize pen from JC&N Throup, Draughton, acquired by Paul Watson, Hellifield.

The prime cattle show was sponsored by Philip Bolland Trailer Training and the prime lamb show by Guy Machinery.

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