Skipton Auction Mart’s first major show of cattle in 2012 takes place on Wednesday, February 15.
The Priestley family’s Skipton-bought 2011 Otley Show commercial champion.
Craven Champions Day, the annual show and sale of store cattle with future show potential, will again feature some 50 quality locally reared youngsters – steers and heifers aged from seven to ten-months-old.
A class for Charolais-sired cattle is being supported by the Yorkshire North-East Charolais Club, with additional show classes for Limousin, British Blue and other Continental-sired steer and heifer calves.
Ted Ogden, Craven Cattle Marts’ farmstock sales manager and auctioneer, said: “This high profile opener draws buyers from nationwide who are looking to acquire the cream of the crop from local hill farms for the summer and autumn show circuit.”
Last year, Jeff Walker, of Brennand Farm, Dunsop Bridge, secured a supreme and reserve championship double, plus top price honours at £1,200 with a Limousin-cross steer bought by Michael Priestley, of Clayton, Bradford. It went on to land the commercial cattle championship at Otley Show in May.
The closing date for entries this year is Wednesday, February 8. In the interim, a sale of 700 store and breeding cattle, on Wednesday, February 1, will incorporate the annual sale of bulling heifers.
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