An outstanding British Blue-sired 12-month-old bull from Calderdale showman Brian Lund, of Walshaw Farm, Walshaw, Hebden Bridge, proved the pick of a quality turnout when chosen as champion at the annual Spring show and sale of young feeding bulls at Skipton Auction Mart. (Wed, March 28)
Brian Lund, right, with his Skipton young bull champion and top price performer, being congratulated by judge Keith Bowe.
The home-bred son of Dean House Danloy, bred by Leslie Driver & Son at Oakenshaw, Bradford, was acquired by Mr Lund at Chelford two years ago and the victor, out of a British Blue-cross cow, is one of the sire’s second crop of calves.
He has also been responsible for other Lund prize winners at Skipton, including the second prize British Blue-sired heifer on Craven Champions Day, the annual show and sale of commercial store cattle with future show potential, in February.
The title winner also headed the show prices, returning to West Yorkshire when knocked down for £1,290 to Stephen Eastwood, of Emley, Huddersfield.
Brian Lund's young bull champion
Mr Eastwood also purchased two other red rosette winners, both presented by North Craven vendors - the top price Charolais-sired bull from brothers Brian and Richard Coates, of Westhouse, Ingleton, at £1,210, and the any other continental-sired bull, a Bazadaise-cross shown by Jonathan Townley, of Clapham, for £1,000.
Two further prize winning acquisitions for same buyer were the second prize Charolais-sired bull from Stuart and Richard Harker, of Grayrigg Hall, Kendal, at £1,085, and the third prize Limousin-sired bull from David Towler, of Grindleton, at £1,055.
A strong entry of 232 young feeding bulls produced good trade, with a total of 54 bulls selling for £1,000 or more, including the majority of the rosette winners.
British Blues were the leading performers, averaging £932, while the overall Continental-cross average of £902 was well up on the 2011 average of £782 per head.
The other two in Brian Lund’s top-class pen of three bulls also performed well, a second British Blue-cross making £1,230 and a Limousin-cross £1,040.
Judge Keith Bowe, of York, awarded the reserve championship to the first prize Limousin-sired bull presented for the second year in succession by Ted and John Brewer, of Bleasdale, Chipping. It sold for £1,210 to Richard and Vicky Brown, of Kirkby Malham.
Ringside regular Stephen Swales, of Melbourne, York, who had purchased the champion at the previous three annual young feeding bull shows, returned home with four prize winners at the latest renewal.
They were the second and third prize British Blue-sired bulls for £1,190 and £1,070, shown respectively by Jonathan Townley, and Stuart and Richard Harker, and the second and third prize any other continental-sired bulls – a Simmental-cross from Kath Saffrey, of Halton West, top price in breed at £920, and John Mellin, of Long Preston, for £860.
Brian Coates, joined by stepdaughter Lynette Taylor, with the first prize Charolais-sired bull.
Back in the Charolais-sired class, sponsored by the Yorkshire & North East Charolais Club, Brian and Richard Coates also chipped in with the third prize winner, which sold for £1,040 to Rob Matten, of Newsham, Thirsk. Both Coates rosette winners were by the same sire, Tibthorpe Dynamo, bred near Driffield by Mark Sykes, the class winner out of a British Blue cow, the third out of a Blonde cow.
The remaining prizewinner, the second prize Limousin-sired bull from David Verity, of Middlesmoor, sold for £1,050, again to Rob Matten, while the top price pen of three bulls – four Limousins from Welshman PR Roberts, of Bala, each made £1,050. Blonde-cross prices were headed at £855 by an entry from Peter Fawcett, of Long Preston.
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