Brothers Shaun and Peter Sowray, of Bowes Green Farm, Bishop Thornton, clinched their second championship and reserve championship double in consecutive months with two home-bred British Blue bull calves at Skipton Auction Mart’s annual Christmas show and sale of rearing calves. (Mon, Nov 26)
Pictured with their Skipton Christmas calf show champion and reserve are, from left, Peter Sowray, his 14-year-old son George, Shaun Sowray and judge Liz Grange and daughter.
The Sowrays, prolific prizewinners at the North Yorkshire venue, lifted the Arthur Newman Trophy with their title-winning first prize bull calf, by the Genus sire ‘Gamma,’ out of a third-calving dairy cow, which achieved top price of the day at £580 when joining M Campbell, of Horton-in-Ribblesdale.
Show judge Liz Grange, who trades as DJ Grassam at Stockeld Park, Wetherby, then nominated the Sowrays’ second prize British Blue bull calf as her chosen reserve champion. By the Cogent sire, ‘Echo,’ out of a second calver, it fell to the same buyer for £380. For good measure, the Sowrays also presented the third prize in class, which became a £375 acquisition by Derek Taylor, of Burton Leonard.
The festive fixture attracted a solid turnout of 137 youngsters and a vast number of buyers at the ringside vying for every standard of calf. The overall average selling price was just shy of £165 per head.
Church Farm Enterprises, of Burton Leonard, performed well, presenting three top prices, all prizewinners - a British Blue-cross heifer calf at £241, an Aberdeen Angus bull calf at £245 and an Angus heifer calf at £170.
Frank Spence, of Sutton-in-Craven, also achieved three leading prices with prize-winning entries - a Charolais-cross bull calf at £342, a Limousin-cross heifer calf at £220 and a black and white bull calf at £192.
The top price Limousin-cross bull calf at £290 was presented by Town Head Farm Products, of Grassington, with G Hayton & EC Stocks, of Bolton Abbey, responsible for the top price Simmental-cross bull calf at £340. Show sponsors were BOCM Pauls.
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