South Yorkshire sheep farmers John and Alison North, of Fenwick, Doncaster, secured back-to-back monthly championship successes at the September prime lambs show and sale at Skipton Auction Mart. (Mon Sept 5)
John North is pictured centre with his Skipton prime lamb champions, joined by helpers, including co-judges James Dewhirst, second from right, and Richard Binns, right, who bought the title winners.
As in the previous month, the Norths landed the title with a pen of five Texel-cross lambs, their 47kg charges heading both class and show prices at £116 per head, or 246.8p/kg, when joining co-judge Richard Binns for his butcher’s shop in Bingley Road, Saltaire.
The third prize pen of 43kg Continental lambs from Richard and Patsy Hodgson, Skipton, also sold well at £91 apiece to Kendalls Farm Butchers, which has shops in Pateley Bridge and Harrogate.
Also as in August, Nidderdale’s David Verity, of Middlesmoor, presented the first and second prize Masham wether pens. His 54kg red rosette winners sold at £77 each, top price in class, to Andrew Atkinson, Kettlesing, with the 48kg runners-up joining Ali Shan, of Yorkshire Halal Meat Supplies, for Shans Premier Multicultural Halal supermarket in Alice Street, Keighley, at£75 each.
Shan’s Supermarket also paid the class-topping price of £74 a head for the first prize Mule wethers from Robert Crisp, Calton, while the best of the Suffolks, a 45kg pen from James Earnshaw, Flasby again headed the class prices at £81 each when bought by co-judge James Dewhirst on behalf of Stanforths Butchers, Skipton.
There was a special show class for lambs from a Lleyn dam, with both first and second prizes falling to David Wood, of Earby. His 43kg victors were knocked down at £70 per head to Vion Foods, of Anglesey, the 41kg runners-up joining Kepak UK,Wakefield, at £68.50. Both Vion and Kepak also bought other prize-winning pens.
The overall selling average for Spring lambs was £71.75 per head, or 171.17p/kg.
In the monthly prime cattle show, James Middleton, of Arncliffe, clinched the championship with the first prize Limousin-cross bullock. The 565kg title winner sold for 227.5p/kg, or £1,280, to Jeff Burrow, Hanlith, who regularly buys at Skipton for his retail butcher customers.
Jimmy Baines, of Trawden, who had won the title for the previous six months in succession, narrowly missed out on yet another championship success when his first prize 560kg British Blue-cross heifer became reserve champion, also selling for £1,280 – top price by weight at 228.5p/kg – to Saltaire butcher Richard Binns.
Mr Baines was also responsible for the second prize Limousin-cross heifer, which joined Kendalls Farm Butchers for £1,119, or 221.5/kg. There was another four figure selling price at £1,018 (172.5p/kg) for a Hereford-cross bullock from George Parker, Bradley.
Prime heifers averaged 161.6p/kg and prime steers 176.9p/kg. The prime lambs show was sponsored by Guy Farm Machinery, the prime cattle show by Phillip Bolland Trailer Training.
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