A multiple past champion and a title-winning debutant stole the limelight at Skipton Auction Mart’s April prime shows and sales.
Jimmy Baines, left, with his Skipton April prime cattle champion, joined by judge James Dewhirst.
Red Rose showman Jimmy Baines, who farms in both Trawden and Clitheroe, sent out the prime cattle victor for the second month in succession – and the umpteenth time in total, while North Yorkshire sheep farmer Andrew Phillips, of RL & AR Phillips, Fir Tree Farm, Burton Leonard, landed his first prime lamb championship.
Mr Baines’ champion, a 490kg British Blue-cross heifer, sold for top call by weight in show at £210p/kg or £1,027 to Jeff Burrow, Malham. Mr Baines also had the British Blue-cross bullock reserve champion, which joined the same buyer at 196p/kg. Both are destined for Mr Burrows’ retail butcher customers.
The leading per head price on the day at £1,059 (161p/kg) fell to the second prize bullock from local vendors John and Alison Spensley, Thorlby, who also presented the third prize bullock, sold at £992 (158p/kg). Both fell to show judge James Dewhirst, buying on behalf of Stanforths Butchers, Skipton.
A prize-winning heifer from Simon Bennett, Silsden, hit four figures when selling for £1,023 (190p/kg) to Saltaire butcher and regular Skipton buyer Richard Binns. Best quality prime heifers averaged 180p/kg and prime steers 158p/kg.
Andrew Phillips, right, with his Skipton April prime lamb champions, joined by judge James Dewhirst.
First-time prime lamb champion Andrew Phillips saw his five-strong pen of 51kg Texel-cross-Beltex title winners head the class prices when selling at £120 per head to Andrew Atkinson, Kettlesing, who also acquired Mr Phillips’ second prize pen of 49kg Continentals at £114 each.
In addition, the same buyer also purchased the first prize winners in the two other show classes – a pen of 50kg Swaledales from Roy Nelson, Bordley, at £95 a head, and the 50kg Suffolk-cross victors from Brian Church, of Askwith Otley, at £107.50 apiece.
Spring lambs sold to a top of 297.4p/kg or £124 per head for single entries from PA & NS Tattersall, of Ellerton, York, with an overall average of 288.5p/kg. In total, the 2,211 prime sheep forward sold to an overall average of 206.51p/kg, or £83.47 per head.
Skipton Auction Mart’s farmstock sales manager and auctioneer Ted Odgen said: “The monthly showcase for the best butchers animals from Craven saw flying trade in all departments, with good averages achieved throughout.
“Notably, 39 pens of hoggs sold for in excess of £100 - the dearest trade to date this season. In addition, 49 pens of ewes sold for £100 or more, as another excellent average of £90 per head was recorded for cast ewes and rams.”
Show sponsors were Philip Bolland Trailer Training and Guy Machinery, both based in Skipton.
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