2013-05-07   facebook twitter rss
Young Feathers Fly In for Skipton Prime Lamb Coup

What could well be the youngest-ever champions in the history of Skipton Auction Mart emerged at the May prime lambs show when seven-year-old Kylie Feather and her brother Harrison, just 14 months of age, from Cullingworth, were awarded the Spring lambs title on Bank Holiday Monday. (May 6)

The Charollais-cross- Beltex lambs were bought purposely for Kylie, a pupil at Wilsden Primary School, and her baby brother by their grandparents, Jan and Nicola Feather, who farm at Pear Tree Barn, Hainworth Shaw, Keighley. They are the children of the couple’s son Matthew and his partner Jane Drake.

Charollais-cross- Beltex lambs

With the CCM Skipton May Spring lamb champions are Nicola and Jan Feather, joined by their grandchildren and owners of the sheep Kylie and Harrison.

“We got them specially for the grandkids, who helped us out at lambing time. They are their first lambs and it was the first time we have ever shown at Skipton, so it’s a wonderful achievement,” said Mrs Feather. She and her husband breed sheep and suckler cows and also have a number of pedigree Limousin cattle.

The 52kg victors, which were bred from in-lamb ewes purchased from multiple Skipton prime lamb champion Robert Towers, of Farleton, Lancaster, went on to become the highest achievers in the sale ring when selling for the day’s top price of £140 each to Saltaire butchers Richard and Barbara Binns for their Bingley Road shop.

Mr Binns also made it a champions’ acquisition double when purchasing the prime cattle show victor, a 575kg Limousin-cross heifer from CCM Farmer of the Year Brian Lund, of Walshaw Farm, Walshaw, Hebden Bridge.

He again paid top price in show of £1,406, or 244.5p/kg for the daughter of a bull acquired from Janet Sheard, of Almondbury, Huddersfield. Fondly known as Bo, the sire has also produced other Skipton champions for Mr Lund.

The lambs will be available at R&C Binns Butchers from this weekend, while the beef will be fully matured before going on sale.

Back with the prime lambs, Robert Towers, of Camp House Farm, was also to the fore when presenting the reserve champion pen of Charollais-cross Spring lambs. The 40kg duo sold for £120 each, or 318.9p/kg, the day’s by-weight high, to Andrew Atkinson, of Felliscliffe, buying on behalf of Hartshead Meats in Ashton-Under-Lyne.

Mr Towers was also responsible for the third prize 37kg Continental pen, another Charollais-cross brace, which joined Bowland Foods in Preston for £118 each.

In the Suffolk Spring lambs show class, the first prize pen was consigned by Anthony Bolland, of Bolton Abbey, his 50kg charges knocked down for £129 to Nick Dalby, of Hartwith, buying on behalf of Kendalls Farmers Butchers for its two shops in Pateley Bridge and Harrogate.

Kendalls also acquired the second prize 47kg pen shown by Steeton’s Mark Evans for the top per head price of £132 each, with top price by weight of 288.4p/kg, or £124 per head, falling to the third prize pen from Derbyshire vendor Steve Buckley, of Buxton. The buyers were Halifax meat wholesalers Gerald and Robert Medcalf.

The 97 Spring lambs forward, a higher turnout than of late, sold to an overall average of £106.31 per head, or 265.8p/kg, some 15p/kg up on the week.

Prime hoggs were very good to sell, the overall average for the 1,717 turnout levelling at 200.5p/kg, or £83.46 per head, with the better end, regardless of weight, achieving 220-240p/kg. The day’s top by-weight price of 248.70p/kg fell to a Beltex pen from Oxenhope’s Stephen Pepper, with per head prices peaking at £123 for a pen of Texels from Jim Percival, of Haworth.

Skipton Mule hoggs champions

Raymond and Robert Johnson with their CCM Skipton Mule hoggs champions.

There were also standalone annual shows for breeding sheep. The show class for pens of five Mule hoggs with lambs at foot, all singles, was won for the second year running by Raymond and Robert Johnson, of Felliscliffe, Harrogate. They were described as “outstanding” by breeding sheep judge Neville Smith, of Lothersdale, who went on to purchase his chosen red rosette winners for £240 per outfit.

The second prize pen from Richard Hanson, of Melrose, York, made £190, and the third prize pen from Chris Gratton, of Warsill, £200.

The first prize pen of five Continental-cross hoggs with lambs – Texels with Beltex-cross single lambs - from Skipton’s John Stapleton also achieved £240 per outifit when joining Cheshire buyer DJ Jackson, of Northwich. Thomas Boothman, of Linton, exhibited the second prize pen, sold for £200, with the third prize falling to a pen from Shaun Richards, of Hapton, and selling for £225.

Some quality outfits of pure Texel ewes with lambs from James and Diane Stenton, of Pickering, sold up to £335 per outfit – this for the first prize winners in the show class for five Continental ewes with lambs. The Stentons also presented the second prize pen, which made £290 per outfit.

The first prize pen of five Mule ewes with lambs from L Simpson & Son, of Pateley Bridge, made £210, with the runners-up coming from Robert Metcalfe, of Brearton.

First-time entrant Geoffrey Wilson, of Gordale Farm, Malham, showed both the first and third prize pens of ten geld Mule hoggs, which sold at £148 and £138 per head respectively to the same local buyer, Matt Mason, of Low Hall, Appletreewick. Granville Fairburn, of Apperley Bridge, had the second prize pen, which made £102 each.

A total entry of 1,752 breeding sheep attracted customers drawn from a very large area. Better geld Mule hoggs traded at £130 up to £148, Continental geld hoggs £125-£160, with commercial sorts around £100 per head. Hoggs and lambs also sold well, with quality outfits, both Mule and Continental, trading at £180-£240. Mule hoggs and singles lambs averaged £191 per outfit.

There was keen competition for the 285 cast sheep consigned for sale from a full ringside of buyers, with prices around £5 better on the week. Cull ewes averaged £58.06 per head, top call of £131.50 falling to a Texel pen from D Gray, of Silsden. Cast rams averaged £82.96 another Texel from Trevor Parker, of Earby, the leading call at £121.50.

Skipton May cull cow champion

John Akrigg with his father Chris’s CCM Skipton May cull cow champion.

Back in the prime cattle ring, another quality entry of 36 cast cattle had their own show classes, with the first prize beef-bred cull cow, a British Blue-cross from Cray’s Chris Akrigg, progressing to become overall champion and selling for £1,191, or a by-weight top of 180.5p/kg, to Gerald and Robert Medcalf. The second prize winner, another British Blue-cross from CJ Lumb, of Upper Exley, Halifax, achieved the top per head price of £1,228, or 158.5p/kg, on joining Dawn Meats in Carnaby, Bridlington.

The red rosette-winning dairy-bred cull cow from G Pickersgill & Sons, of Hawksworth, sold for 154.5p/kg, or £973, again to Dawn Meats, who also paid £1,106 for the top price black and white from M Ryder & Sons, of Haverah Park Harrogate.

A total of nine cull cows achieved four figure prices, selling to an overall average of 134.46p/kg, or £857.44 per head.

In the class for clean cattle over 30 months, top price of £1,397, or 205.5p/kg, fell to a British Blue-cross heifer from S Blackburn, of Queensbury.

A small entry of 29 rearing calves met a roaring bank holiday trade, with black and whites enjoying the best of the business with a selling average of £98.17 per head and a top of £185 for a strong entry from WP Gratton, of Brimham Rocks.

John Marshall, of Dacre, also achieved sold trade for a run of 12 bucket-reared black and white bulls. Continental calves were out of the top drawer, with four-to-six-week-old youngsters averaging £356 each.

Top price of the day at £425 fell to a British Blue-cross bull calf from JP & KE Hartley, of Beamsley. The overall selling average was £137.61 per head.

In the weekly produce sale, small bale hay sold to £92 per tonne, round bale hay to £42 per bale and small bale hay to £3.60 per bale.

At the previous Wednesday’s fortnightly cattle sale, which attracted an entry of 668 head, young feeding bulls were dearer than the previous fixture, with an increased attendance of buyers at the ringside covering all the Eastern counties from the Midlands up to the top end of County Durham.

In the store cattle section, Continental and native breed bullocks for both short term keep and summering were good to sell all day long, with a huge ringside of potential customers queuing up to buy them.

Heifers also found a better trade than recent sales, with short keep cattle particularly good to sell, while a few more buyers are beginning to come out looking for summering cattle now that the weather appears to be on the turn for the better and helping the trade for grazing heifers.

The respective Continental-cross and native averages were: Young bulls £945.71 and £702.76, store bullocks £973.67 and £852.09, and store heifers £838.28 and £581.88. Of the 78 beef breeding cattle, the pick on price at £1,880 was a British Blue-cross heifer and calf outfit from JG Hall & Son, of Gargrave.

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