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Hitchen Championship Double at Skipton Rearing Calf Show

Calderdale dairyman Stephen Hitchen secured back-to-back championship successes at the September rearing calves show and sale at Skipton Auction Mart. (Mon, Sept 26)

Stephen Hitchen, right, with his latest championship-winning calf at Skipton, joined by sponsor Keith Colley, of BOCM Pauls.

Stephen Hitchen

Victor at the August fixture with a British Blue bull calf, Mr Hitchen, of Ing Head Farm, Ludendenfoot, demonstrated his versatility when securing the title at the latest renewal with a four-week-old Limousin bull calf by the Genus sire Chytodden Conan - the first Objat son with semen available in the UK - out of a British Friesian cow.

It was the third calf championship success at Skipton for the fourth generation dairy farmer, who saw his September title winner sell to TM, JM & RT Watson, Ripon, for £320.

Top price in show at £390 fell to the first prize and reserve champion British Blue bull calf from Geoff Booth, of Lothersdale. The five-week-old youngster joined regular buyer Derek Taylor, of Burton Leonard.

British Blue bull calves averaged £312 and heifer calves £300, with heifer prices headed at £370 by Shaun and Peter Sowray, Bishop Thornton. Limousin bull calves averaged £245, peaking at £348 for an entry from Frank Spence, Sutton-in-Craven, while Limousin heifer calf prices, topped at £300 by Richard Close, Starbotton, averaged £207.

A good turnout of buyers, in particular for 28-day-old black and white calves, was mirrored by strong demand for younger black and white rearing types. Black and white bull calves sold to £188, Frank Spence again heading the class prices, and averaged £75.

The overall selling average for all calves was £157 per head. Judge at the BOCM Pauls-sponsored show was farmer Martin Hutchinson, of Halifax, who also runs a building and demolition business.

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