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Record Selling Average at Skipton Young Bulls Highlight

A record all-breeds average of £1021.60 per head selling to a total of 21 different buyers, an outstanding British Blue show class and a buying spree by the show judge, among them the two principals, were the highlights at the annual Spring show and sale of young feeding bulls at CCM Skipton. (Wed, March 20)

Sheila Mason, of Keasden Head Farm, Clapham, consigned the supreme champion, the first prize British Blue-sired bull, a home-bred 14-month-old by the Baron Du Bois Bauloye son Bringlee Bouncer, bred in Market Drayton, Shropshire by Graham Brindley, and also responsible for Sheila’s champion at Skipton Auction Mart’s inaugural Christmas show and sale of store cattle last December.

Champion Feeding Bull

Champion Feeding Bull

The 2013 title winner sold for £1,550 to adjudicator Adrian Stansfield, of Hawthorne House Farm, Barnsley, a multiple buyer of store cattle at CCM Skipton, who also paid £1,600, top price in show, for his chosen reserve champion, the second prize British Blue-sired bull from Jeff Walker, of Brennand Farm, Dunsop Bridge. The 11-month-old was by the Walker family’s former home-bred stock bull Brennand Eddie.

Reserve Champion Feeding Bull

Reserve Champion Feeding Bull

Mr Stansfield also went to £1,260 to secure the first-prize Charolais-sired entry, a home-bred out of a Blonde cow, from Andrew Bailey, of Cornfield House, Eldroth.

Also among Mr Stansfield’s 15 individual purchases on the day was the third prize Limousin-sired bull from local vendor Nathan Tiffin, of Roughaw Road, Skipton, at £1,340. All acquisitions will be finished by the buyer before finding their way back into the food chain.

A stout entry of 269 young feeding bulls produced excellent trade, with over 150 bulls selling for £1,000 or more, including every rosette winner in the show classes. The overall Continental-cross average of £1,030.70 per head was well up on last year’s £902.

The British Blue-sired show class attracted an entry of 26 high-class young bulls, which sold to an overall average of £1,147, compared to £932 in 2012.

Title winner Shiela Mason sold further British Blue-sired entries at £1,550 and £1,340 twice, with the third prize winner in class from Trawden’s Hayley Baines selling for £1,380 to Stephen Swales, of Haverland Farm, Melbourne, York, a regular buyer at the fixture.

Mr Swales also paid £1,290 for the third prize and top price Blonde-sired young bull from Ribble Valley exhibitors Saddle End Farms in Chipping. Both will be further fattened on the farm, before being sold as prime quality beef at Knavesmire Butchers in Albermarle Road, York, run by Mr Swales’ son Anthony.

CCM Farmer of the Year Brian Lund, of Walshaw, Hebden Bridge, achieved £1,430 and £1,370 with two British Blue-cross entries.

First and second prizes in the Limousin-sired show class both fell to Stuart and Richard Harker, of Grayrigg Hall, Kendal, the red rosette winner joining Stuart and Deborah Robinson in Littondale for £1,390, the runner-up Kirkby Malham’s Jeff Burrow for £1,420, top call in class. The Harkers also sold further Limousin-sired entries at £1,410, £1,400 and £1,340.

Brian and Richard Coates, of Westhouse, Carnforth, secured the second and third prizes in the Charolais-sired show section, sponsored by the Yorkshire Charolais Breeders Club. Both joined another regular Skipton buyer Stephen Eastwood, of Emley, Huddersfield, at £1,160 and £1,030 respectively. Top price in class at £1,230 fell to John Greenhalgh, of Bashall Eaves, Clitheroe, his entry joining Andrew Boak, of Langton, Malton.

In the remaining show class for any other Continental-sired young bulls, the first prize winner, a Blonde-cross, was presented by Fred Saunders, of Ulverston, selling again at Skipton for the first time since 2009. It became another Andrew Boak acquisition at £1,210. The third prize Blonde-sired entry from John Cowperthwaite, of Eldroth, sold for £1,080 to J&JR Appleby, new buyers from Somercotes in Lincolnshire.

The pick of the Simmental-cross at £990 came from Robert Weatherhead, of Pateley Bridge, while the top price Aberdeen Angus-cross from J&D Barritt, of Foulridge, sold for £750.

The top price pen of four Limousin-cross bulls from Nidderdale vendors RJ Challis & Son, of Middlesmoor, each sold for £1,140 when joining the Watson farming family in Ferryhill, County Durham.

The show was sponsored by roller shutter doors company Mendore, of Great Harwood, Blackburn. It formed part of the fortnightly sale of 619 head of cattle, which also incorporated 337 store bullocks and heifers.

Local vendor James Drake, of Carleton, achieved prolific successes in both with a windfall of seven top breed prices. His top performers in both sections were Charolais-cross, a bullock at £1,365 and a heifer at £1,165. The same vendor also presented the top price pen of five Limousin-cross bullocks, each sold for £1,010, and the top price £1,130 pen of three Limousin-cross heifers.

British Blue-crosses again performed best on price, peaking at a heady £1,580 for a heifer from returning Cumbrian vendor Fred Saunders, bought by Matt Townsend, of Laneshawbridge, and £1,390 for a bullock from John Stockdale, of Burnsall, which became a further Stephen Eastwood acquisition.

Store bullocks sold to an overall Continental-x average just shy of £1,016 per head and a native average of £822.31. The Continental-x store heifer average was £875.56, with a native average of £655.80.

Breeding cattle also sold well and to a high of £1,950 for a Limousin X heifer with Limousin X heifer calf.

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