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Cull Cows Excel at CCM Prime Shows

Phenomenal trade for cull cows was seen at CCM Skipton’s March prime cattle show fixture, with all classes in demand as buyers sought superior ‘ meaters and steakers’ with proven provenance. (Mon, March 4)

It was a trio of four-year-old black and white cull cows from the commercial herd of multiple Craven Dairy Auction champions Malcolm and Robert Swires, of Haverah Park, Harrogate, that really caught the eye when achieving the day’s three leading prices and taking first and second prize in the dairy-bred show class. All had excelled in their job at home.

CCM Skipton March prime lamb champions

The principal 965kg performer, also cull cow champion, sold for £1,404, or 147.5p/kg, the next best at 920kg making £1,357, or 144.5p/kg, with the third at 815kg knocked down for £1,177, or 145.5p/kg. The top-performing trio, which averaged £1,313, all fell to Dawn Meats in Carnaby, Bridlington.

Reigning CCM Farmer of the Year, Brian Lund, of Walshaw Farm, Walshaw, Hebden Bridge, further added to his 2013 tally when presenting the reserve cull cow champion, a ten-year-old British Blue-cross, sold for a top price per kilo weight of 169.5p, or £1,220, to Halifax meat wholesalers Gerald Medcalf & Son.

The black and white cast cow average was a shade over £891 per head, or 128.20p/kg, with meated dairy cows selling at 135p/kg-plus and steakers 127p/kg-plus. Meated beef types sold to 169.5p/kg, with an overall cast cow average of £883.89 per head, or 131.37p/kg.

Mr Lund also made his mark in the main prime show classes when presenting the second prize and top price by weight Limousin-cross home-bred heifer, by the same sire as Mr Lund’s February prime cattle champion, a stock bull acquired from Janet Sheard, of Almondbury, Huddersfield.

It sold for 249.5p/kg, or £1,435, to Keelham Farm Shop in Thornton, Bradford, as the multi award-winning Brighouse & Denholme Road outlet - thereigning UK Farm Shop of the Year - again held true to its policy of sourcing locally bred prize-winning prime cattle and lambs for its new butchers shop.

The first prize steer and reserve prime beef champion, a Limousin-cross from John Beckwith, of Gargrave, also performed well in the ring when falling for 245.5p/kg, or £1,092, to regular Saltaire butcher buyer Richard Binns.

The third prize British Blue-cross heifer from Roger Wood, of Cross Roads, Keighley, achieved the day’s leading per head price of £1,578, or 235.5p/kg, when purchased by Karl Luck, of KLS Farm Meats in Halifax.

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