Déjà vu was the order of the day at Skipton Auction Mart’s September prime shows when the previous month’s prime lamb and cattle supreme champions retained their titles, with both again falling to the same buyer. (Mon, Sept 3)
Pictured with the September prime lamb champions at Skipton are, from left, Gary Robinson, of sponsors Guy Machinery, exhibitors Frank and Robert Fielden, buyer James Robertshaw, of Keelham Farm Shop, and helper Alex Kiroakos.
Father and son Frank and Robert Fielden, of Speke Edge Farm, Todmorden, once more presented the prime lamb victors, while multiple prime cattle title winner Jim Baines, of Trawden, picked up yet another champion’s rosette.
James Robertshaw, of Keelham Farm Shop, Thornton, Bradford, stepped forward to snap up the prime lamb champions for the fourth month in succession and the prime cattle winner for the third consecutive month.
He paid £96 per head for the Fieldens’ victorious pen of five Beltex-cross lambs and £1,378, or 257.5p/kg, top price in show, for Mr Baines’ pure white 535kg British Blue-cross heifer champion. Keelham also secured the second prize Continental heifer, a Baines Limousin-cross, for £1,281, or 239.5p/kg.
With standalone show classes for multiple sheep breeds, the first prize and reserve champion pen of Texels from father and son breeders George and Peter Sunderland, of Sykes Gate Farm, Cragg Vale, Mytholmroyd, made £89 each when joining Dunbia Foods in Preston, who also paid £87 per head for the third prize pen of Charollais-sired lambs from David Hall, of Coniston Cold.
Texel show and class prices were headed at £98.50 each, or 246.3p/kg, for the second prize pen from Neil Tattersall, of Ellerton, York, acquired by Hartshead Meats in Oldham. Texels averaged £75.66 per head, or 186.7p/kg.
Mr Tattersall also achieved the day’s top price of £100 per head for a pen of Beltex lambs sold to Vivers Scot Lamb in Annan, as well as presenting the second prize and top price in show Beltex pen, another Vivers Scot Lamb acquisition at £97.50 a head, along with the third prize Texel pen from Ellis Bros, of Addingham Moorside, at £94.50 each.
Beltex lambs sold to an overall average of £84.85 per head, or 222.8p/kg, with by-weight prices peaking at 257.9p/kg for a pen from James Garth & Son, of Keasden, Clapham.
A Charollais Society-sponsored show class saw the first prize winners from Philip Metcalfe of Otterburn, sell for £79 per head to meat wholesalers John Penny & Sons in Rawdon, who also bought the second prize pen of lambs out of a Lleyn ewe from John Bowness, of Giggleswick, at £78 each.
Charollais class prices peaked at £92.50 each for a pen from J M Smith & Son, of Carleton, and a by-weight high of 220.0p/kg for another quality pen from Robert Towers of Farleton, Lancaster. The overall Charollais breed average was £74.14 per head, or 184.7p/kg.
A show class for Mashams again fell to 2011 victor David Verity, of Middlesmoor in Nidderdale, with his first prize winners selling for £79.50 per head, top price in show, to Andrew Atkinson, of Kettlesing.
Mr Verity also presented the second prize pen, which joined Vion Foods in Angelsey for £70 each. The same buyers also bought the top price by weight pen at 170.0p/kg from J Baker & Son, of Hart Farms, Hartlepool, along with the same vendor’s third prize Masham pen at £76 a head. The overall breed average was £70.93 per head, or 168.2p/kg.
The best of the Mule lambs came from North Craven’s David Booth, of WA & A Booth in Feizor. They headed the show prices at £77.50 per head when becoming a further acquisition by Andrew Atkinson, who also paid £74 each from the second prize pen from Calton’s Robert Crisp.
The third prize pen from Ken Dickinson, of Skipton, became another Vion Foods purchase at £70 per head. The overall Mule average was £67.83 per head, or 164.6 p/kg, with the by-weight high of 175.0p/kg falling to David Charnley, of Litton.
The Lleyn show class was won by Nick Speake, of Slitharo Ford Farm, Oakworth, his charges topping the prices at £77 per head when selling locally to Yorkshire Halal Meats for its supermarket in Keighley.
The overall Lleyn average was £69.29 per head, or 171.6p/kg, with a by-weight high of 180.5p/kg for a pen from Richard Paul, of Arncliffe. The same vendor also presented the third prize Lleyns, which made £74 per head when joining Kepak UK, of Wakefield.
Calderdale vendor Brian Lund, of Walshaw, Hebden Bridge, was also to the fore. He presented the second prize Charollais pen, knocked down for £81 per head to Woodhead Bros Butchers in Colne, the third prize Continental-cross pen bought for £90 each by Saltaire butcher Richard Binns, and the third prize Down-cross pen, which fell at £83 a head to Halifax meat wholesaler Gerald Medcalf.
Woodhead Bros made a second prize-winning acquisition at £81.80 per head with the runners-up in the Down-cross class from James Earnshaw, of Gargrave, while the class-winning pen from DW & S Throup, of Bradley, sold for £73 apiece to Rossendale’s Bobby Booth.
With another tremendous turnout of almost 5,000 prime sheep, the overall selling average was £74.54 per head, or 184.21p/kg.
Craven Cattle Marts’ livestock sales manager Ted Odgen said: “The lamb trade was above expectations given the prices reported elsewhere, with show sheep and smart Beltex-x-Texels all selling at 210-250p/kg.
“Vendors were well rewarded for fleshed lambs of any breed 40kg upwards and, as predicted, the only types at discounted prices were under-finished types. Commercial sorts were around 175-180p/kg, nice meated types 185-195p/kg and the smartest first-cross Continental lambs 195-205p/kg. Mule lambs were around £3 per head dearer on the week, averaging about £27 over the weight.”
Brian Lund also made his mark in the prime cattle show when presenting the reserve champion, the first prize British Blue-cross bullock, which made £1,206, or 225.5p/kg, on joining Simon Duerden, of Blacko. The overall average was 114.50p/kg, or £766.18 per head.
In a show for cull cattle, both the championship and reserve championship fell to Matt Mason, of Low Hall Farm, Appletreewick. Both were among four Mason Limousin-cross entries that made £989, £950, £894 and £818.
While meaty cattle remained good to sell, cull cows were slightly down on the week when averaging £681.57 per head, or 111.06p/kg, though lean and worn dairy cows formed a large proportion of the entry.
Nick Dalby and James Dewhirst judged the prime lamb show classes, again sponsored by Guy Machinery, with Ross Greenwood and John Thompson officiating in the Phillip Bolland Trailer Training-sponsored prime cattle show.
In the regular weekly sales, cull ewes were slightly up on the week to average £54.66 per head, selling to a high of £136.50 for a Texel from John Mellin, of Hellifield, while cast rams also performed better to average £81.75, with a high of £155.50 for another Texel from JC Crabtree & Son, of Bolton Abbey.
Rearing calf trade was again strong, the 68 entries achieving an overall average of £133.16 per head and selling to a high of £445 for a British Blue-cross bull calf from HJ & KL Blackwell, of Gargrave, which qualified for the Rumenco Calf of the Month Competition, along with a £230 black and white bull calf from P Sharp & Son, of Oakworth.
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