An outstanding British Blue heifer was chosen as supreme cattle champion at Skipton Auction Mart’s annual Christmas prime stock shows and sales. (Sunday, November 28)
Jonathan Timm, left, with his Skipton Christmas prime beef supreme champion, joined, from left, buyer John Penny, sponsor Graham Guy, of Guy Machinery, and Keith Downs, vice-chairman of Craven Cattle Marts, presenting the trophy to William Timm.
Timos Ellie, a home-bred June, 2009-born daughter of the premier French-bred Genus sire, Gitan Du P’Tit Mayeur, was exhibited by father-and-son William and Jonathan Timm, of Cote House Farm, Horsforth. Mr Timm Snr presented the supreme beef Christmas champion at Skipton in 2008 and reserve supreme champion last year.
Twenty-year-old Jonathan has notched up a remarkable 27 wins on the exhibition circuit this year with British Blue and Limousin-cross show animals from the Timm family holding, which just days after the show was due to up sticks and move lock, stock and barrel to pastures new in Scotland at Raven Farm, Stirling.
Their 575kg 2010 Skipton female and supreme champion, earlier chosen as the first prize home-bred animal, headed the show prices when selling for £2,815 (£4.90/kg) to West Yorkshire wholesale butchers John Penny & Sons, of Rawdon, Leeds.
Mr Penny also added to his shopping list when paying the second highest price of the day at £2,066 (£4.70/kg) for the reserve supreme show champion, the first prize 14-month-old 440kg British Blue-cross heifer from Hailey Baines, of Middop Farm, Gisburn.
Both the champion and reserve champion are destined for Bradford butcher John Summers, of Druids Street, Clayton, who will mature the prize-winning beef in readiness for his customers’ Christmas tables.
On behalf of its butcher customers, John Penny & Sons also bought the prime beef champion and reserve champion at the previous week’s English Winter Fair in Birmingham, along with the champion and reserve champion prime beef cattle and title-winning prime lambs at the Christmas shows in Pateley Bridge. “We buy the best 52 weeks a year, not just at Christmas,” noted Mr Penny.
Martin Brown, standing left, receives the Skipton Christmas prime lamb champions trophy from Keith Downs, vice-chairman of Craven Cattle Marts, with buyer George Cropper, right. With the title-winning lambs are, from left, Pippa Stirk, Val and Hannah Brown.
In the sheep section, the prime lambs supreme championship fell for the first time to Martin and Val Brown, of Beechwood House Farm, Newton-le-Willows, Bedale, who were stepping up on their reserve supreme championship successes at Skipton’s Christmas shows in both 2008 and 2009.
Their pen of three 51kg Beltex-cross lambs – unusually two of the lambs were from the same ewe – was the pick of the trimmed 40kg or more Continental lamb class entries and were also chosen as lowland champions and the best pen from a regular CCM vendor.
They sold by far the highest price in show at £500 per head (980.4p/kg) to Lancashire butcher George Cropper for his stall in Accrington Market, who also bought Martin and Val Brown’s first prize pen of 39kg Continental-cross trimmed lambs for £120 each (307.7p/kg).
The business, founded by Mr Cropper’s father, also named George, is this year celebrating its landmark 50th anniversary. Mr Cropper Jnr said the Skipton acquisitions would first be housed on the family farm at Hapton before being prepared for sale to customers in time for Christmas.
The reserve champion pure-bred Beltex pen of 46kg lambs, also lowland reserve champions, came from Stephen Pepper, of Windle House Farm, Oxenhope. The trio had earlier won the championship at this year’s Keighley Show and reserve championship honours at Countryside Live, Harrogate.
They sold for £140 a head (304.3p/kg) to Andrew Atkinson, Kettlesing, on behalf of his butcher brother Gordon, who runs Elite Meat in Starbeck, Harrogate. The business also acquired the second prize pen of 44kg Contintental-cross trimmed lambs from Ian Lancaster, Pendleton, Clitheroe, for £120 per head (272.7p/kg). They will be matured for ten days before going on sale.
John Summers Butchers was one of the most prolific buyers on the day in all sections. They also bought the first and second prize winners in the Limousin-cross bullock class, paying £1,408 (284.5p/kg) for the 495kg first prize animal and overall male champion from David Bamforth, of Hoyle Bottom Farm, Wainstalls, Halifax, who has won the monthly prime cattle championship at Skipton eight times this year. The second prize 590kg steer from Matt Townsend, Laneshawbridge, was acquired for £1,207 (204.5p/kg).
John Summers Butchers also sourced champion prime pork, paying £206 per head (200p/kg) for the title-winning pen of three 103kg Large White-cross pigs from John Midgley, of Dean House Farm, Luddendenfoot, Halifax – the first time the Calderdale dairy farmer has shown porkers.
In addition, the Clayton shop paid £127 each (136p/kg) for the second prize winners in the 86kg+ prime pigs class, exhibited by Mick Warren, Killinghall.
For good measure, John Summers Butchers also acquired the first prize 38kg pen of Continental-cross untrimmed lambs from Martin and Val Brown, Newton-le-Willows, for £130 each (342p/kg).
Mr Summers commented: “We always try to buy the best meat available from our local farmers. This is our biggest haul of champions and prize winners at Skipton to date – our customers are already licking their lips in anticipation!”
Cattle section judge Geoff Nutter, of Bowland Foods, Preston, was another major buyer at the ringside on behalf of his butcher customers. His acquisitions were:
The first prize 550kg British Blue-cross bullock and reserve male champion from Jimmy Baines, Trawden, at £1,180 (214.5p/kg) for Patton’s Family Butchers, Millom, Cumbria.
The first prize 575kg Continental bull, also from Jimmy Baines, at £1,067 (185.5p/kg) for Wilkinson Butchers in Ormskirk Market.
The second prize 640kg British Blue-cross heifer from William Timms at £1,942 (303.5p/kg) for David Ingham & Sons Butchers, Foulridge.
The third prize 555kg British Blue-cross heifer, also awarded a special prize for the best animal purchased at Skipton, from James Middleton, Arncliffe, at £1,190 (214.5p/kg) for Stephen Hallsworth Butchers, Whalley.
The third prize 430kg Limousin-cross heifer from Matt Townsend, Laneshawbridge, at £1,030 (239.5p/kg) for Richard Cardwell, of R & J Cardwell Family Butchers, Hambleton, Garstang.
The first prize 410kg Aberdeen Angus heifer from David Bamforth at £785 (191.5p/kg) for Geoff Moss, of Willow Farm Meat, Little Thornton, Cleveleys.
The second prize 550kg animal in the young handlers class, a British Blue-cross heifer, for £1,174 (213.5p.kg) to Adrian Livesey Butchers, Preston Market.
James Dewhirst, of Stanforths Butchers, Skipton, bought a total of four beef cattle, including the second and third prize winners in the other Continental-cross steers class - the 655kg second prize bullock from Hannah Slowen, Howden, Goole, at £1,242 (189.5p/kg) and the 565kg third prize winner from David Bamforth, Wainstalls, Halifax, at £1,059 (187.5p/kg).
Stanforths also bought two further British Blue heifers from David Bamforth at £1,156 (189.5p/kg) and £1,140 (£179.5p/kg).
Andrew Atkinson also purchased all three prize winners in the native or dairy breed steer class – the 560kg first and 550kg third prize winners from GW & JE Parker, Bradley, at £809 (144.5p/kg) and £773 (140.5p/kg) respectively, and the 555kg second prize winner from Gary Greenwood, Hawksworth, Guiseley, at £819 (147.5p/kg). From the same vendor, he also paid £780 (157.5p/kg) for the second prize native or dairy breed heifer.
Robert Wade, of New Laithe Butchers, Cross Hills, made three acquisitions in total – the first prize 475kg other Continental-cross bullock from Matt Townsend, Laneshawbridge, at £1,014 (213.5p/k), the 560kg first prize Limousin-cross heifer from Hannah Slowen, Howden, Goole, for £1,308 (229.5p/kg), also first prize winner in the young handlers class, and the 590kg second prize Limousin-cross heifer from David Bamforth, Wainstalls, Halifax, at £1,295 (219.5p/kg).
John Whiteside Butchers, Colne, bought a brace a prize winners – the 470kg first prize other Continental-cross heifer from Jimmy Baines, Trawden, at £1,135 (241.5p.kg) and the third prize 495kg British Blue-cross bullock from Matt Townsend, Laneshawbridge, for £1,111 (224.5p.kg).
Whitesides also bought the second prize 47kg pen of Continental-cross untrimmed lambs from Martin and Val Brown, Newton-le-Willows, for £115 per head (244.7p/kg)
Other exhibitors and buyers of prize-winning cattle were:
Second prize 475kg Continental bull from David Bamforth, Wainstalls, Halifax, to Ellisons Butchers, Cullingworth, for £835 (176.5p/kg).
Third prize 445kg Continental bull from Geoff Eccles, of H & F Eccles & Son, Wortshorne, Burnley, for £754 (169.5p/kg) to D & A Gregory & Sons Butchers, Bacup.
Second prize 450kg British Blue-cross bullock from Jonathan Timms, Horsforth, for £1,150 (239.5p/kg) to Roy Schofield, Todmorden.
Third prize 505kg Limousin-cross bullock from Matt Townsend, Laneshawbridge, for £1,108 (209.5p/kg) to M Leeming Butchers, Darwen Market Hall.
Second prize other Continental-cross heifer from Trevor Stoney, Pateley Bridge, for £1,135 (234.5p/kg) to Alpes Butchers Clitheroe.
Back in the prime lamb classes, the champion hill lambs – a pen of thee 47kg Mules - were exhibited by Joe and Nancy Throup, of Berwick Intake Farm, Draughton. They sold for £125 each (266p/kg) to Dunbia Wholesale Butchers, of Preston.
Dunbia Foods also bought all three prize-winning pens of Swaledale lambs, paying £85 per head (202.4p.kg) for the 42kg victors from Ellis Bros, Addingham Moorside, along with the second and third prize pens of 46kg lambs from John Smith, Carleton, and Roy Nelson, Bordley, at £65 and £64 per head or 147.8p/kg and 139p/kg respectively.
Dunbia’s buying spree continued with the third prize pen of 49kg Mules from Ian Mellin, Airton, at £74 apiece (151.5p/kg) and the third prize pen of 46kg Masham lambs from Dave Charnley, Litton, at £70 a head (152.5p.kg),
The first prize Dalesbreds from Richard Close, Starbotton, clinched the reserve hill lamb championship, selling for £120 each (315.8p/kg) to the aptly-named Dalesbred Butchers, of Bentham, who also made it a clean sweep when purchasing the second and third prize Dalesbreds from Kevin Wilson, Blubberhouses, and David and Michael Wilson, Beckwithshaw, at £90 and £70 per head respectively.
Bobby Booth, of Rossendale, also acquired a number of prize-winning pens on behalf of his customer Worldwide Foods. They were headed by at £96 each (200p/kg) by the second prize pen of 48kg Suffolks from AnthonyThompson, Foulridge.
Mr Booth also purchased the second prize pen of 55kg Mashams from David and Michael Wilson Beckwithshaw, at £66 each (£120p/kg), and the second and third prize pens of other horned or hill breed sheep from Geoff Eccles, of H & F Eccles & Son, Wortshorne, Burnley, and John Shorrock, Burnley, at £69 (164.3p/kg) and £67 (167.5p/kg) respectively.
A pen of 41kg Jacobs from Gavin Haworth, of Skipton, breed promotion representative with Northern Area Jacob Sheep Breeders, won first prize in the other horned or hill breed class, selling for £74 a head (180.5p/kg) to Saltaire butcher Richard Binns.
David Verity, of W & R Verity & Sons, Grange Farm, Bouthwaite, Pateley Bridge, again won the Masham class, his pen of 56kg lambs selling for £78 apiece (139.3p/kg) to G Kirby & Son, Bishop Thornton, Harrogate, who also purchased the second prize pen of 57kg Mule lambs from K M & L Throup, Silsden Moor, at £77 each (135.1p/kg).
Anthony Thompson also presented the first prize pen of 50kg Suffolks, which topped the class prices at £105 each (210p/kg) when joining Sam Howarth Wholesale Butchers in Diggle, Oldham. The same buyer also acquired the third prize pen of Suffolks from Brian Lund, Hebden Bridge, at £82 apiece (178.3p/kg) and the second prize 38kg pen of Continental-cross untrimmed butchers’ lambs from Fox Farms, Clitheroe, at £82 each (221.1p/kg).
Other vendors and buyers of prize-winning pens were:
Second prize 49kg Continental-cross untrimmed lambs from Ellis Bros, Addingham Moorside, to C R Fawcett, Sandhutton, York, for £110 each (224.5p/kg).
Second prize 39kg Continental-cross trimmed lambs from Ian Lancaster, Pendleton, Clitheroe, to Andy Sanderson Butchers, Baxenden, for £100 per head (256.4p/kg).
Third prize 39kg Continental-cross trimmed lambs from John Dugdale, of H Dugdale & Son, Stackouse, Settle, to Dave Moore, Sowerby Bridge, for £105 each (269.2p/kg).
Third prize 47kg Continental-cross trimmed lambs from Jimmy Towler, of WA, V J & J A Towler, Grindleton, to Hamlet Butchers, Garstang, for £100 a head (212.8p/kg).
Michael Winchester judged the lowland lamb classes, with Paul Watson adjudicating in the hill lamb section.
Back with the pigs, the first prize 80kg trio from James and Deborah Ogden, Austwick, sold at £72 each (90p/kg) to show judge James Farrington, of Thirsk-based wholesale butchers Taste Tradition, who also bought the third prize 105kg trio from Kelly Armitage, Keasden, at £131 each (125p/kg).
An inaugural fodder charity show and sale of hay was well supported, with Chris Windle, of Windle Beech Winthrop, Skipton, both sponsoring and judging the competition. He awarded the inaugural title to the first prize to the first prize bale of meadow hay from Joe Coates, of Pot Haw Farm, Coniston Cold.
Chris then paid £50 for the title-winning bale, which was made short work of the following morning by his sheep! Victor Mr Coates bought the first prize bale of seed hay from K M Duckitt, Goole.
Main show sponsors were Farmers Guardian, Allflex, Guy Machinery and Philip Bolland Trailer Training.
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