Red Rose beef ‘baron’ Jim Baines landed yet another prime time double at Skipton Auction Mart’s July show and sale. (Mon, July 2)
Exhibitor Paul Baines, left, is congratulated by Keelham Farm Shop’s James Robertshaw, who bought both the prime beef champion and reserve at the July show at Skipton.
Mr Baines, who farms in both Trawden and Clitheroe, maintained his recent dominance of the monthly prime cattle show ring when his first prize home-bred Limousin-cross heifer progressed to lift the title, while he also secured the reserve championship with his class-winning British Blue-cross bullock.
Both sold to Keelham Farm Shop, of Thornton, Bradford, the 495kg victor at £1,230, or 248.5p/kg, outshone by the 495kg runner-up at £1,245, or a by weight show high of 251.5p/kg.
The day’s top price per head at £1,261, or 233.5p.kg, fell to a British Blue-cross heifer from Bernard Simpson, of Pateley Bridge. It too joined Keelham Farm Shop, along with a Limousin-cross heifer from the same vendor at £1,225, 235.5p/kg. Keelham made a fifth acquisition with a further Jim Baines heifer at £1,029, or 214.5p/kg.
Multiple prizewinner Mr Baines was repeating his May prime championship success at Skipton. This month, he also presented the second prize British Blue-cross heifer, which made £1,096, or 235.5p/kg when joining judge Richard Binns for his butcher’s shop in Saltaire.
Keelham Farm Shop’s James Robertshaw then stepped forward to purchase the champion prime lambs, a pen of five 37kg Beltex-cross shown by Frankland Farms, of Rathmell, for £125 per head, or 337.8p p/kg, by far the best price of the day.
Keelham is one of the single biggest purchasers of prime beef and lamb champions and prizewinners at the North Yorkshire venue, also snapping up both title winners last month. The Brighouse & Denholme Road outlet, which has it own sheep farms, is renowned for its support of farmers across the region.
It deals with over 250 Yorkshire producers and suppliers, and has won many awards in recent years, including being crowned Yorkshire Food Champion in the 2011 Countryside Alliance Awards, nicknamed the ‘Rural Oscars.’
Prime heifers over 590kg sold to an overall average of 235.1p/kg, the lighter weights averaging 205.9p/kg. In the 30 to 48-month prime cattle section, the overall selling average was £856.28, or 137.92p/kg. The per head high was £982 for a black and white from dairy farmer Peter Baul, of Bishop Thornton, the per kilo top 145.5p, or £873, for a Charolais-cross from Darren Beck, of West Marton
The 70-strong prime cattle entry included another excellent turnout of 55 cast cattle, ten of which made over four figures, selling to a high of £1,482 for a five-year-old Limousin bull from Geoffrey Wilson, of Malham. The overall average was £838.85, or 125.34p/kg.
Brian Lund, of Walshaw, Hebden Bridge, another prolific prizewinner in the Skipton beef arena, presented the cull cow champion for the second time this year. His four-year-old home-bred Parthenais-cross sold for £1,330, or a price-topping 178.5p/kg, to Halifax father and son wholesale butchers Gerald and Robert Medcalf.
The Medcalfs also paid £1,159, or 241.5p/kg, for Mr Lund’s British Blue-cross prime show third prize heifer, which is destined for one of their regular customers, Stephen Dorsey Butchers in Halifax Borough Market.
The reserve cull cattle championship was awarded to the second prize beef-cross animal, a British Blue from Alan Thwaite, of Airton, which made 157.5p/kg, or £1,024, and again fell to the Medcalfs, as did the same vendor’s third prize beef-cross entry, another British Blue sold at 149.5p/k, or £919.
Best of the dairy-bred show cull cattle was a black and white from Robert Crisp, of Calton, which sold for £1,104, or 142.5p.kg, to Dawn Meats at Carnaby, with per head class prices peaking at £1,162, or 143.5p/kg, for another black and white from Eshton’s James Wellock. The buyers were Stephen and John Thompson, of Gargrave.
The prime cattle show classes were again sponsored by Philip Boland Driver Training, of Silsden. Cull cattle judge was Preston’s John Thompson.
The monthly Guy Machinery-sponsored prime lamb show, again judged by James Dewhirst, who buys on behalf of Stanforth Butchers in Skipton, attracted a robust turnout of 23 pens of Continental crosses, five pens of Suffolks and five pens of Mules
Frankland Farms, represented by brothers Richard and Chris Frankland, were winning their third title of 2012. They sell around 1,500 Beltex-x-Texel lambs each season at Skipton and at the latest renewal were also responsible for the top price 38kg Texel pen at £106 per head, or 278.9p/kg, bought by Yorkshire Halal Meats for its supermarket in Keighley.
The reserve championship was awarded to the first prize pen of 48kg Suffolks from Skipton regular Mark Evans, of Steeton, selling for £89.50 per head, or 194.6p/kg, to Andrew Atkinson, of Kettlesing, on behalf of Alec Traves Wholesale Butchers in Escrick, York.
In addition, Mr Evans presented the second prize Suffolk pen, sold at £87 each to the Calderdale-based Medcalfs, buying on behalf of Far Barsey Farm Shop in Barkisland. The same buyers also paid £79.50 per head for the third prize pen of 41kg Continentals from Paul Baines, of Trawden.
The second prize 39kg Continental pen from George Sunderland, of Hebden Bridge, made £87 each when also joining Yorkshire Halal Meats, supplemented by the second prize pen of Mules from Ken and Linda Throup, of Silsden Moor, at £73 per head.
Dunbia Foods, of Preston, paid £73, top price in class, and £68 per head respectively for the second and third prize pens of Mules from local vendors Joe Throup, of Draughton, and Ashley Caton, of Otterburn.
Heading the Suffolk prices at £94 each, or 200p/kg, was John Airey, of Elslack, while Charollais lambs sold to a per head high of £99 from DN Smith, of Lothersdale, and a by weight top of 191.9p/kg from Bernard Ogden, of Eldroth. A pen of Mules from Frank Throup, of Silsden, was best by weight at 175.7p/kg.
Craven Cattle Marts’ livestock sales manager and auctioneer Ted Ogden noted: “The total entry of 2,147 prime sheep was similar to the previous week and while a reduction in prices was anticipated, the overall selling average of £73.17 per head, or 183.14p/kg, for every lamb in the mart was actually dearer than the end of last week.
“This was a decent result, given that the Standard Quality Quotation - the SQQ is only for lambs weighing up to 45kg - on the EBLEX website for England & Wales stood at 182.04p/kg.
“The majority of lambs forward were either Texel or Beltex, the smartest end generally achieving 210p to 230p, while commercial Texel types from Mule ewes were 180-195p/kg, depending on weight. Heavier types made 175-185p/kg, first-cross Suffolks selling at around 175-180p/kg.”
With 339 cast ewes and rams among the turnout, the former averaged £66.98 per head and the latter £94. The best of the ewe pens at £120 each came from Glusburn’s David Towell, with Robert Greenwood, of West Marton, heading the ram prices with a Texel at £126.50.
“Cast sheep found an increased attendance of buyers, with nice lean types finding a particularly good enquiry,” added Mr Ogden.
Craven Cattle Marts also announced the launch of a new calf prize incentive targeting youngsters not participating in its monthly shows. Sponsored by ruminant nutrition supplement manufacturer Rumenco, there are £50 prizes in two classes at the normal weekly sales for the top-priced Continental and black and white or native breed calves.
The first qualifiers from the opening July sale were the leading performer, a £335 British Blue-cross heifer calf from Ken Wright, of Airton, and the best of black and whites from JC & DJ Marshall, of West End, which made £160.
Mr Wright also headed both the Salers-cross heifer and bull calf prices at £310 and £300 respectively, with the Marshalls further chipping in with the best Limousin-cross bull and Aberdeen Angus calves, which both made £260.
The Limousin-cross heifer calf prices were headed at £310 by G & PS Fleetwood, of Mirfield, with the 36 rearing calves forward selling at an overall average of £152.19.
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