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Princes Crowned Champion at Pedigree Beef Highlight

The Toftgate pedigree Limousin herd of the Prince farming family from Nidderdale was awarded the champion’s crown at the Lingfields Beef Cattle Fair, CCM Skipton’s annual multi-breeds show and sale of pedigree beef breeding cattle. (Wed, May 29)

Chris and Caroline Prince, of Toftgate Farm, Greenhow, Pateley Bridge, saw their first prize 2012-born bull, Toftgate Hunter, progress to secure the overall title, courtesy of show judge Janet Sheard, who runs Low Common Farm Pedigree Limousins at Almondbury, Huddersfield.

Chris Prince with 2013 Lingfields Beef Cattle Fair champion, joined by judge Janet Sheard

Chris Prince with 2013 Lingfields Beef Cattle Fair champion, joined by judge Janet Sheard

The home-bred victor is by Homebyres Cutler, acquired by the Princes from John Logan in Kelso and a solid performer over the years on the Toftgate herd, before being sold on. The seventh calf of Toftgate Ultra, by the Driffield-bred Middledale Pickering, the champion, sold for 1,600gns (£1,680) to North Craven’s John Lambert, who trades as W&A Lambert & Son at Selside Farm, Horton-in-Ribblesdale.

The Towngate pedigree British Blue herd of Tim and Lisa Metcalfe, of Town Bottom Farm, Clayton, Bradford, which secured a championship and reserve championship double at the corresponding fixture last year, again performed well to clinch reserve honours with their first prize 2011-born bull Towngate Grundy, like the 2012 victor a son of their former stock bull Greystone Poncho. The runner-up returned home and will get another chance in the sale ring.

Lisa Metcalfe with the Lingfields Beef Cattle Fair reserve champion, joined by daughter Rosie and best friend Laurhen Phillips - both 11-year-olds are in their final year at Clayton Village Primary School - and show judge Janet Sheard.

Lisa Metcalfe with the Lingfields Beef Cattle Fair reserve champion, joined by daughter Rosie and best friend Laurhen Phillips - both 11-year-olds are in their final year at Clayton Village Primary School - and show judge Janet Sheard.

Top performer on price at 2,850gns (£2,992) was a two-year-old British Blue-sired bull from Simon Bennett, of Delph Farm, Silsden Moor. By his stock bull Brookfield Columbo, bred in Thirsk by Stephen Potter, out of a pure Limousin cow, the well-muscled bull joined TB Moorhouse & Son in Dacre, Harrogate, where he will be put to work.

The Oddacres pedigree Limousin herd of John and Claire Mason, from Embsay, again performed well at its local auction mart with the third prize 2011-born bull, Oddacres Guardsman, a Domino son. He caught the eye of previous buyers Ashfield Farms, of Lothersdale, when knocked down for 2,600gns (£2,730).

Charolais prices peaked at 2,000gns (£2,100) for Laverock Grouse, a 2011-born bull from W Richardson & Son, of Laverock Bridge, Kendal. The son of Thrunton Laird remained in the area when joining A Guy & Son, of Elslack.

The same selling price was achieved by a 15 month old Aberdeen Angus bull from the Fox Foot pedigree herd of RC Turnbull & Son in Coxwold, York. Foxfoot Accelerate, by Weydale Everest, also sold locally to W Stapleton & Son in Hellifield.

The fixture was the final show and sale in CCM Skipton’s 2013 pedigree beef season.

CCM’s general manager Jeremy Eaton commented: “Coming on the back of two successful pedigree sales, vendors naturally encountered a selective audience, though there remained plenty of strong demand for bulls ready to go to work, along with high quality junior bulls and native breed bulls too.”

It formed part of the fortnightly sale of over 500 head of cattle, which achieved sharper trade than its forerunner.

Young bulls were good to place, with over 200 head attracting additional buyers from the eastern counties, resulting in many four figure prices, an across the board selling average of £950 per head and a high of £1,510 for a Limousin-cross from JR Lancaster, of Bordley.

With an entry of 243 bullocks and heifers, the former continued to sell well, though it was the heifers that took a leap in demand, with younger heifers for summering dearer than the previous sale by some considerable margin.

Store heifers sold to a Continental-x average of £887.67 per head and a native average £603.24. Joint top price in sale of £1,290 fell to a Blonde-x from RD Thorpe, of Bolsterstone, Sheffield, and a Limousin-x from R&A Wallbank, of Slaidburn, who also topped the store bullock prices with another Limousin-x at £1,390. Bullocks achieved a Continental-x average of £933.47, native average £770.15.

Yearling cattle were out in force, among them some super runs, with the pens of three prizes all being won by cattle aged 10 to 13 months. Leading class performers, all with Limousin-x, were: Young bulls - D&FJ Leeming, Ramsgill, £1,070 per head, store bullocks - JR Carr, Bolton Abbey, £1,010, store heifers – E Simpson, Pateley Bridge, £1,000.

Breeding suckler cattle sold to a high of £1,590 for a British Blue-x second calver with Charolais-x bull calf from CH&C Fearnley, of Barden.

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