Craven Cattle Marts' reigning Stockperson of the Year, Red Rose showman Jimmy Baines, enhanced his chances of retaining the title when sending out the prime beef champion for the second month in succession at the August show at Skipton Auction Mart. (Mon, Aug 2)
Lynne Baines, left, with the family's August prime cattle champion at Skipton, joined by judge and buyer Richard Binns.
Mr Baines, who farms in both Trawden and Gisburn, secured his latest success with a home-bred Limousin-cross heifer that sold for the show-topping price of £1,185 (219.5p/kg) to the show judge, Saltaire butcher Richard Binns.
Mr Binns was buying on behalf of his son Paul, another butcher who runs Binns Quality Meats at Bradford's Oastler Shopping Centre. The same business also acquired the 1st price bullock from L Bamforth & Sons, Wainstalls, Halifax, at £967 (203.5p/kg).
The prime lambs title fell to a pen of five 41kg Texel-cross-Beltex from Robert Fielden, of Speke Edge Farm, Todmorden, who also won the corresponding Skipton fixture last year. Richard Binns again adjudicated at this show and once more acquired the champions for the top call of £96 per head, this time for his own shop in Bingley Road, Saltaire.
The reserve champion 49kg Masham lambs from W&R Verity, Middlesmoor, Pateley Bridge, sold for £78 each to Paul Watson, Hellifield, on behalf of Dunbia Foods, Preston.
The prime cattle show was sponsored by Philip Bolland Trailer Training and the prime lamb show by Guy Machinery.
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