The improved trade for beef cattle has been reflected in buyers’ willingness to secure champion cattle, lambs and pigs at this year’s English Winter Fair livestock showcase, Stafford County Showground (Nov 17-18) with a top price of £7300 being paid for the supreme cattle champion.
Gilbert Brooke's champion Roxy Rose with breeder Emily Jones (RHS), handler Paul Walker on halter and championship sponsor Chris Williams of Zintec.
That bid was made by B & T Kitson - which trades as The Yorkshire Butcher with shops in Northallerton and Stockton on Tees - for a Limousin-sired heifer called Roxy Rose exhibited by Gilbert Brooke of Alfrick, Worcester, and led by professional showman Paul Walker.
Show chairman Ray Nield said the sale was a fitting accolade for Mr Brooke’s support for the English Winter Fair and reflected the superb quality of livestock at the event. “On behalf of the show committee I was delighted Mr Brooke offered the Champion without reserve. It was a tremendous gesture of confidence not only in his champion but also of buyers’ support at the ringside.”
Auctioneer Mark Elliott of Bagshaws conducted the sale and saw strong bidding for the champion with Roxy Rose’s breeder Emily Jones showing keen interest along with Leeds-based quality meat supplier John Penny Meat. In the end, Anthony Kitson’s final bid of £7300 (£12.37/kg liveweight) secured Roxy Rose for the family business.
Speaking after the sale Mr Kitson said: “She a beautiful heifer. We’ve taken advice from Mr Brooke to let Roxy rest for a few weeks before she’s prepared for our retail shops.
“It was quite interesting during the auction as we’re customers of John Penny Meat and knew the company’s Mick Searle was also interested,” he explained.
John Penny Meat secured several other champions from the live and carcase competitions for clients.
Pedigree cattle judge Jimmy Mulholland purchased the show’s Reserve Champion, a Limousin crossbred heifer called Bang Tidy exhibited by TC Edwards ai Feibion from Corwen, North Wales, paying £3000 (£5.08/kg liveweight).
Best Pen of Lambs - a pair of dark-fleeced Blue Texel ewe lambs - exhibited by Steven and Sara Gibbons of Hay on Wye, Herefordshire, made £950 apiece (£19.34/kg liveweight) paid by AT Frogatt of Abbots Bromley, Staffs, believed to be retained for breeding
The Gibbons also took Reserve Pen of Lambs with a pair of Beltex ewe lambs which made £340 apiece (£7.37/kg liveweight) selling to Browns of Bedale, North Yorks, again for breeding.
Best Pen of Pigs went to first time exhibitors and first time entrants at the English Winter Fair Alan and Jackie Bretherton of Blackburn, Lancashire with a pair of pure Pietrain gilts. These were among several lots acquired by John Penny Meat making in this instance £170/head (£1.95/kg liveweight) and destined for its retail client FA Walker of Halifax.
Reserve Pen of Pigs went to Ron Fieldhouse of Tadcaster, North Yorkshire - whom also took Reserve pig carcase title at the EWF- with the live pigs also selling to John Penny Meat for £95/head (£1.49/kg liveweight) and destined for FA Walker of Halifax.
CARCASE HALL SALE RESULTS
Cattle carcase champion from Mike Rowlands of Llanldloes, Powys, sold for £1628 (£4.70/kg) to Owen Taylor & Sons of Derbyshire. Reserve champion from Bryan & Carole Wilson of Haughton, Staffs, sold for £1381 (£4.50/kg) to Robert Bowring, butchers, of Mansfield, Notts.
Lamb carcase champion from David Wadland of Aston le Walls, Northants, made £178 (£5.50/kg) to David Prince, butcher, of Ashover, Derbyshire. This buyer also took the Reserve lamb carcase from Stuart Clatworthy and family of East Huntspill, Somerset, paying £127.80 (£6.00/kg).
Live/Dead Lamb competition won by Robin Slade of Almeley, Hereford, saw the carcase make £125.40 (£6.00/kg) to Cropper’s butchers of Ackrington.
Champion pork carcase selected by agricultural students from Reaseheath College, Nantwich, made £203.67 (£3.10/kg) to B & T Kitson t/a The Yorkshire Butcher. The company also bought the Reserve pig carcase entered by Ron Fieldhouse of Tadcaster for £189.53 (£2.85/kg).
Topping the Turkey Classes was first time exhibitors Hannah Matkin of Belper, Derbys, and Carl Ellis of Ashover, Derbys, with a 48lb stag. It sold to John Salt of the Horsley Gold Club, Derby, for £160. The Club also secured the Reserve Champion Turkey - a 25lb hen from R Butler of Calow, Derbyshire - for £85.
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