Jimmy Baines again demonstrated his prowess as a top-notch breeder of beef champions when exhibiting the title winner at the July prime cattle show at Skipton Auction Mart. (Mon, July 4)
Paul Baines is pictured with his father Jimmy’s Skipton July prime cattle champion, joined by show judge James Dewhirst, right.Mr Baines, who has farms in both Trawden and Clitheroe, secured his fifth prime beef championship in successive months with a British Blue-cross heifer, shown by his son Paul, who also works as a stockman at CCM Auctions.
It achieved the top gross price of the day at £1,212, or 216.5p/kg, when sold locally to Jeff Burrow, Hanlith, a regular buyer at Skipton on behalf of his retail butcher customers.
Mr Burrow also paid top price by weight in show at 218.5p/kg, totaling £1,125, for the reserve champion, another British Blue-cross heifer, from Bernard Simpson, of Spring House Farm, Heathfield, Pateley Bridge.
The sire of the reserve is Volcanic, acquired by Mr Simpson after becoming champion at a high profile British Blue breed show and sale at Skipton several years ago. He also bred the dam of the runner-up. A lifelong farmer, Mr Simpson raises suckler cattle and breeds Mule lambs at his Nidderdale holding.
Prime heifers averaged 180.20p/kg and prime steers 151.32p/kg.
Robert Towers, centre, with his Skipton July prime lamb title winners, joined by his 18-year-old daughter Josie and show judge James Dewhirst.The prime lamb championship fell to another Lancastrian and regular Skipton title winner Robert Towers, of Camp House Farm, Farleton, Lancaster. His first prize pen of five 41kg Continental class winners, by a Blue Texel ram out of Charollais-cross ewes, sold for £97 a head to Yorkshire Halal Meat Supplies, which also paid £87 each for the first prize pen of 44kg Mules from Ashley Caton, Otterburn.
All the prize winning lambs will go on sale at Shans Premier Multicultural Halal supermarket in Alice Street, Keighley, established four years ago, which specialises in selling locally produced meat.
Director Ali Shan said the company bought between 300 and 400 ewes and prime lambs on a weekly basis from Skipton Auction Mart, the majority sold through its own supermarket, with others supplied to customers of Shan’s meat wholesaling arm.
The first prize and reserve champion pen of 47kg Suffolks from South Craven vendor Mark Evans, Steeton, a regular prize winner at Skipton, also headed the show prices at £104 per head when joining H Lee & Sons Butchers in Castlegate, Thirsk.
The shop, which has its own abattoir in Thirsk, is now in the hands of brothers Simon and Giles Lee, the fourth generation of the family to run the long established business. Their father Harry continues to work at the shop.
Simon said: “We are currently buying 75% of our prime lambs from Skipton and our latest prize-winning acquisitions will be on sale in the shop from early next week.”
Mr Evans also presented the second prize pen of 48kg Suffolks, which joined Calderdale butcher buyer Stephen Maskill for his shop in Hebden Bridge at £97 each.
With the anticipated seasonal increase in prime lamb numbers, the selling average was up around 9p/kg on the week, giving an overall average of £82.65 per head or 205.1p/kg.
James Dewhirst, who buys on behalf of Skipton-based Stanforths Butchers, adjudicated at both shows, which were sponsored by Philip Bolland Trailer Training and Guy Machinery.
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