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Cumbrian Success at Skipton Store Cattle Show

Cumbria provided the champion and a first-ever title win at CCM Skipton for Ulverston’s Fred Saunders at the annual Spring store cattle with show potential fixture at Skipton Auction Mart. (Wed, April 17).

Showing for only the second time at Skipton Auction Mart, Mr Saunders, who farms at Maidenlands Tarn with his wife Carol and son Dean, secured victory with his first prize British Blue-cross heifer, a 12-month-old home-bred by Ridgedean Dallas, acquired from Michele Wilde in Soulbury, Leighton Buzzard, out of a pure British Blonde cow.

Pictured with the Skipton store cattle with show potential champion, left, and reserve champion, are, from left, judge Ian Swales, debut title winner Fred Saunders and runner-up Richard Maudsley and his 16-year-old daughter Beth.

Pictured with the Skipton store cattle with show potential champion, left, and reserve champion, are, from left, judge Ian Swales, debut title winner Fred Saunders and runner-up Richard Maudsley and his 16-year-old daughter Beth.

He saw his inaugural Skipton champion sell for a show-topping £1,340 to Matt and Ben Townsend, of Laneshawbridge, regular buyers of cattle at the fixture and the mart in general. Mr Saunders also sold three further British Blue-cross heifers at £1,230, £1,200 and £1,180.

The Towsends acquired all three prize winners in the British Blue-cross heifer show class, the runner-up from David Broadbent, of Midgley, at £1,320, and the third prize entry from Stephen Horsfield, of Mytholmroyd, at £1,230.

As in previous years, British Blue-sired entries again dominated the fixture, with 2012 champions Richard and Wendy Maudsley, who run the Littlebank herd in Rathmell, again to the fore when turning out the reserve champion, the first prize British Blue-cross bullock.

Shown by their 16-year-old daughter Beth, the runner-up, like last year’s victor by their home-bred bull Littlebank Ernie, made £1,240 when joining another regular Skipton buyer Jeff Burrows, of Hanlith.

The Maudsleys also presented the third in class, which joined the same buyer for £1,200, while the second prize winner from Messrs Mason & Gardner, of Chapel-le-Dale, became a further acquisition by the Townsends at £1,180.

Richard and Valerie Brown, of Kirkby Malham, were responsible for the first prize Limousin-cross heifer, which fell for £980 to Lincolnshire buyer Michael Read, of Horncastle, who also paid £870 for the second in class from Long Preston’s Peter Fawcett. The third prize winner from Jonathan Townley, of Clapham, was knocked down for £995 to Ernie Wardle, of Monyash in Derbyshire.

In the remaining show class, the red rosette-winning any other breed heifer, a Blonde-cross also from Stephen Horsfield, found a new home in Easingwold with Michael Thuey at £1,060.

Judge was Goole suckler cow breeder and arable farmer Ian Swales, with the show forming part of the fortnightly sale of 504 head of cattle, among them 317 stores, of which bullocks sold to a Continental-x average of £944.66 per head and a native average of £866.80. The Continental-x average for heifers was £855.70, with a native average of £783.63.

First-time vendors JR Birkhead Farms, of Kearby, Wetherby, headed the store bullock prices with two Limousin-cross entries that each achieved £1,310, while John and Alison Spensley, of Thorlby, sold seven bullocks of mixed breeds at four figure prices to a high of £1,290. John Walmsley, of Pleasington, Blackburn, presented the top price pens of Limousin-cross bullocks, all 12-month-old youngsters that sold well - three at £1,060 each and four at £1,040.

The Spensleys were also prominent with store heifers, achieving £1,405 with a Blonde-cross, along with the highest priced Limousin-cross at £1,250. John Beckwith, of Gargrave, had the top price pen of three pure-bred Limousin heifers at £1,215 per head.

Also forward were 187 young feeding bulls, though with premium and strong bulls in short supply trade was slightly easier on the fortnight, with a Continental-x average £914.35 and native average of £615.00.

Thomas Robinson, of Slaidburn, had the best price of the entire day with a British Blue-cross at £1,450, while Matt and Ben Townsend also entered the sales ring to sell a Limousin-cross young bull at £1,320.

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