A Simmental-cross bull calf ended the long championship-winning streak of British Blue youngsters when chosen as title winner at the July rearing calf show at Skipton Auction Mart. (Mon, July 18)
Geoff Mellin’s Skipton July rearing calf
The June-born victor was shown by Geoff Mellin, of Slippery Stones Farm, Oakworth, and is a son of a Simmental sire used successfully by the West Yorkshire breeder for ten years. The title winner joined David Albutt, of Driffield, for £330.
Show judge Thomas Atkins, of Oldfied, described his chosen champion as a “nice, tidy, blocky calf with good confirmation and shape.”
Mr Mellin also presented the second prize Continental bull calf, another Simmental-cross. A second generation dairy farmer, he explained: “We are coming out of milking and plan to sell 10 of our 16 remaining dairy animals, including the mothers of today’s champion and second prize winner, at Skipton in September. We will keep a number of Simmental heifers to go on to a suckler herd.”
The reserve champion was the first prize British Blue bull calf from David Smith, of Bent Farm, Sutton-in-Craven, which headed the show prices at £395 when acquired by Derek Taylor, of Burton Leonard, a prolific buyer of calves at Skipton of late, including the title winner at last month’s show.
Mother and son, Joan and Michael Heron, of DL & DM & J Heron, Bramhope, had a good day, clinching both first and second prizes in the native-cross bull and heifer calf classes, all by Aberdeen Angus sires, out of British Friesian dams, along with the red rosette in the black and white calf class with a pure-bred British Friesian.
The first prize British Blue heifer was shown by James Wellock, Eshton, who also had the second prize British Blue bull calf. Best of the Limousin bull calves came from JP & KE Hartley, Beamsley, who also chipped in with the first prize Continental heifer stirk.
John Blackwell, Bank Newton, was responsible for the first prize Continental male Simmental-cross stirk, with Robert Crisp, Calton, taking the main prizes in native calf class with a brace of black and whites.
British Blue bull calves averaged £324 and heifer calves £268, with Limousin bull calves averaging £278 and heifer calves £252. The overall selling average across all breeds was £147. Sponsors were BOCM Pauls and Midgley Motors.
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