Showmen from both sides of the border were leading lights at the November prime shows at Skipton Auction Mart. (Mon, Nov 5)
Brian Lund, right, with his Skipton prime beef champion and reserve, joined by judge Phil Summers.
In the prime cattle section, Calderdale’s Brian Lund, of Walshaw, Hebden Bridge, secured championship and reserve championship honours, while the title-winning prime lambs were shown by father and son Richard and Mark Ireland, of Whalley.
Mr Lund, a multiple prizewinner at the North Yorkshire venue, achieved his double with the first prize bullock and heifer, both home-breds by the same Limousin sire from Kirklees breeder Janet Sheard, of Almondbury, Huddersfield.
The title-winning bullock, out of a pure-bred Parthenais cow, sold for £1,049, or 238.5p/kg, to Halifax meat wholesalers J&E Medcalf, Halifax, who were buying the victor on behalf of a local customer, Halifax Borough Market butcher Stephen Dorsey, who regularly sells prize-winning Skipton beef and lamb.
Mr Lund’s reserve champion heifer, out of a British Blue, became another quality acquisition by Keelham Farm Shop at Thornton, Bradford, when sold for the top per head price of £1,283, or 237.5p/kg.
With the Skipton November prime lamb champions are,
from left, judge Nick Dalby, and exhibitors
Mark and Richard Ireland.
In the monthly prime lamb show classes, the Ireland family’s title-winning 41kg Texel pen sold for the day’s top per head and kilo price of £118, or 287.8p, when joining regular buyer Saj Shan, of Yorkshire Halal Meats for its supermarket in Alice Street, Keighley.
Back with the cattle, top price by weight at 241.4p/kg, or £1,224, fell to the third prize Limousin-cross heifer from Neil Tattersall, of Ellerton, York, and will also be enjoyed by prime beef aficionados in West Yorkshire after being purchased by Saltaire butcher Richard Binns.
The second prize British Blue-cross heifer from Trawden’s Jimmy Baines sold for £1,224, or 224.5p/kg, to retail butcher Charlie Clough, of Queensbury.
The Medcalfs also paid the top per kilo price of 141.5p, or £969, for the champion in a show for cull cattle, the first prize beef-cross animal, a Limousin from John Beckwith, of Gargrave.
Meat wholesalers bought all other prizewinners. Dawn Foods, of Carnaby, Bridlington, acquired the second and third prize beef-cross breeds, an Aberdeen Angus from Peter Shackleton, of Hetton, at 117.5p/kg, or £958, and a British Blue-cross from Richard Caton, of Stainforth, at 131.5p/kg, or £881. They also paid 111.5p/kg, or £875, for the second prize dairy-cross entry from G Abbott & Son, of Dacre.
The Wakefield-based Kepak Group purchased the first prize dairy-cross cull cow and reserve show champion from Jeremy Taylor, of Broughton, for 121.5p/kg, or £960, also paying 109.5p/kg, or £794, for the third in class from Peter Baul, of Bishop Thornton.
Cull cow per head prices peaked at £963, or 127.5p.kg, for an Aberdeen Angus from David Plews, of Kettlewell, which joined John Thompson in Samlesbury, Preston.
A total of 40 cull cows sold to an overall average of £634.86 per head, or 98.35p/kg, similar trade on the week, with meated sorts again good to sell and dairy types a touch dearer.
Prime cattle aged 30-48 months showed an improvement on the week, selling to an overall average of 132.26p/kg, or just shy of £872 per head, with the Beckwiths again to the fore when achieving top price by weight of 185.5p/kg, or £1,076, for a Limousin heifer also acquired by Red Rose buyer John Thompson. The leading per head price at £1,093, or 114.5p/kg, was achieved by a black and white heifer from John Whitaker, of Laneshawbridge, this falling to Gargrave’s John Thompson.
Returning to the prime lambs, the Continentals class was also responsible for the reserve champion pen – another success for Neil Tattersall. Having presented both the champions and reserve champions the previous month, he again secured reserve honours with a 41kg Beltex-cross pen sold for £89 each to Hartshead Meats in Ashton-Under-Lyne.
Wholesaler Dunbia Foods, of Preston, purchased a total of five prize-winning pens through its local representative Paul Watson, of Hellifield, to a high of £75 per head for the third prize 38kg Continental pen from Jim Scriven, of Elslack.
Ringside regular Andrew Atkinson, of Kettlesing, also bought four prize-winning pens on behalf of his customers to a high of £71.80 per head for the second prize 50kg Mules from Robert Crisp, of Calton. He also paid £70.50 each for the first prize pen of Suffolks from all-rounder Brian Lund.
Richard Caton again performed well when presenting the top price by weight Beltex pen at 245.5p/kg, with the Garth family, of Keasden, leading the per head prices at £98.
With over 3,000 prime lambs forward, trade was sharper on the week when achieving an overall average of £66.56 per head, or 158.9p/kg, with notably strong demand for bigger lambs. Smarter sorts again regularly topped 200p/kg, while trade for hill-bred lambs was similar.
Phil Summers, of Clayton, judged the prime cattle show classes and Hartwith’s Nick Dalby and Winterburn’s James Dewhirst the prime lambs, with Phillip Bolland Trailer Training and Guy Machinery again sponsoring.
Entries were up for the weekly rearing calf sale, with the 55-strong turnout averaging £109 per head and selling to a high of £295 for a Blonde bull calf from Cowling’s Andrew Ogden. This, along with the £235 top price British Blue-cross heifer calf from RL Wright & Son, of Airton, qualified for the Rumenco Calf of the Month competition.
With eight loads of produce on offer, per bale prices peaked at £27 for rye grass hay (hestons), £25 for meadow hay (hestons), £3.40 for 1st quality small bale hay, £2.50 for 2nd quality and £25.50 for haylage.
Attention now turns to the high profile Christmas shows at Skipton on Sunday, November 25, the climax of the primestock year for both farmers and butchers from the region.
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