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Suckled Calf Trade Soars at Skipton

Skipton Auction Mart’s annual show of 2012-born suckled calves and 2011-born store cattle with show potential produced robust averages, with suckled calves up £49.23 per head on the year and over year cattle recording an increase of £55.86 per head. (Wed, Oct 24)

The Wade family’s 2012 Skipton suckled calf champion

suckled calf champion

The show classes, which again attracted many regular vendors and buyers, formed part of the fortnightly sale of young feeding bulls, store bullocks and heifers, and breeding cattle, which attracted a strong turnout of over 500 head.

The suckled calf champion was the first prize British Blue-sired heifer from Robert Wade, of JA & JM Wade, Royd House, Cononley. Home-bred by the Wades’ stock bull, out of a Limousin, the victor sold for £1,040 to Matt and Ben Townsend, of Barnside Hall Farm, Laneshawbridge.

It proved a good day for the Wade family, who were lifting the suckled calf title for the first time. They also presented the second prize 2011-born heifer, sold for £1,300 to Claire Cropper and John Mellin, of Long Preston, the third prize 2012-born young feeding bull, knocked down for £1,100 to Stephen Swales, of Melbourne, York, and the second prize Limousin-sired suckled calf, a £910 acquisition by Mark Thompson, of Long Preston.

The reserve suckled calf championship fell to the first prize British Blue-sired bullock from JW Stockdale & Son, of Burnsall, sold for £1,050 to local buyer Jeff Burrow, of Hanlith.

Jeff Walker, of Dunsop Bridge, was again prominent, achieving the day’s top price of £1,400 with the first prize 2011-born heifer, a pure-bred British Blue by Dragon Blues Champ, which became another quality buy for the Townsends.

Mr Walker also performed well in the 2012-born classes, presenting the second prize British Blue-sired bullock, sold for £860 to Ian Swales, of Goole, and the second prize British Blue-sired heifer, a further Townsend family purchase at £800.

The Townsends also paid £980 for the first prize any other breed heifer, a Blonde from Peter Fawcett in Long Preston, and £1,160 for the third prize 2011-born heifer from Edward and John Parkinson, of Dunsop Bridge.

The Verity family’s 2012 Skipton young feeding bull champion

suckled calf champion
Stephen Swales was back in action when adding the first and second prize young feeding bulls to his third prize Wade acquisition. He paid £920 for the red rosette winner from Nidderdale vendor Keith Verity, of W&R Verity, Middlestean Farm, Stean, and £1,100 for the runner-up from Debyshire’s Stephen Buckley, of Doveholes, Buxton, who was showing young bulls for the first time at Skipton.

Sandra Blades, of Carnforth, who achieved a championship and reserve championship double at last year’s fixture, returned to send out two prizewinners – the first prize British Blue-sired heifer, sold for £805 to Ron Horsley, of Malton, and the third prize British Blue-sired heifer, which became a further Mark Thompson acquisition at £910.

Tim Longton, English president of the International Sheep Dog Society – he farms with his son Michael at Quernmore, Lancaster – presented the family’s annual consignment of predominantly Spring-born Charolais-sired suckler calves and the 51-strong entry produced the first prize bullock calf, which sold for £855 to Martin and Val Brown, of Newton-le-Willows, Bedale.

The Longtons have been showing and selling suckler calves at Skipton for some 30 years and Tim’s father, also Tim, is a former chairman of the Craven Suckled Calf Breeders Society.

Mother and son, Janet and James Huck, of Austwick, presented both the second and third prize any other breed-sired Blonde-cross heifers, the former joining Ian Swales for £830 and the latter Ron Horsley at £740.

Back with the older age group, John Butler, of Newhay, Rochdale, had the first and second prize 2011-born steers, which both fell to Stephen Eastwood, of Emley, Huddersfield, for £1,330 and £1,010 respectively.

Entries from Kath Saffrey, of Halton West, performed well on price. She had the top price 2011-born Limousin bull at £1,480 and the top price 2012-born young bull, a British Blue sold for £1,220. She also sold five other over year bulls at four figure prices.

A total of 260 2012-born suckled calves averaged £737.45 (+£49.23 on 2011), with 241 2011-born youngsters averaging £836.41 (+£55.86). Full results and prices are at

Anthony Swales, of Melbourne, judged the young bulls, with Phillip Summers, of Clayton, adjudicating in the bullock and heifer show classes. The fortnightly show was again sponsored by JACS Trade & DIY Warehouse, of Skipton.

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