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Pendle Farmers Work Magic at Skipton Prime Show

Pendle beef and sheep farmers landed the championship spoils at the October prime shows at Skipton Auction Mart. (Mon, Oct 7)

Matt and Ben Townsend, of Barnside Hall Farm, Laneshawbridge, were prime cattle champions, while Anthony Thompson, of Higher Broach Farm, Foulridge, secured the prime lamb championship. Both were making a successful return to action after a break from the show arena.

Ben Townsend with the CCM Skipton October prime cattle champion

Ben Townsend with the CCM Skipton October prime cattle champion

The Townsends’ victor, a pure-white British Blue-cross steer which originated from a store cattle sale at CCM Skipton, tipped the scales at 610kg and sold for the day’s leading price of £1,632, or 267.5p/kg, to show judge James Dewhirst, buying on behalf of Stanforths Butchers in Skipton.

Mr Thompson’s prime lamb champions, a pen of five 46kg Beltex-crosses, also headed the day’s prices when falling for £105 each to Yorkshire Halal Meats for its supermarket in Alice Street, Keighley.

Trawden’s Jim Baines, prime cattle champion at the previous three monthly shows, just failed in his bid to make it a four-timer when awarded the reserve championship with his first prize 490kg British Blue-cross heifer, which achieved the day’s top by-weight price of 274.5p/kg, or £1,345.

The Townsends were also responsible for the reserve champion in a standalone show for cast cattle with a Limousin-cross cow sold at £914 to Halifax meat wholesalers Gerald Medcalf & Son. Champion was another Limousin-cross from M Ryder & Sons, of Haverah Park Harrogate, which made the leading per head price of £976.

John and Gill Huck, of Hubberholme, led the by-weight price at 141.5p/kg with a further Limousin-cross, also acquired by Gerald Medcalf & Son. The 40 cast cattle forward sold to an overall average of £631.36, or 96.12p/kg.

With the October prime lamb champions at CCM Skipton are, from left, co-judge James Dewhirst, Wynnstay’s Nicola Worsley and vendor Anthony Thompson

With the October prime lamb champions at CCM Skipton are, from left, co-judge James Dewhirst, Wynnstay’s Nicola Worsley and vendor Anthony Thompson

Another massive turnout of 4,601 head of prime sheep incorporated 3,950 lambs, which found a ready ringside, resulting in a 10p/kg increase on the week at 172p/kg, or £72.21per head overall. Continental and Suffolk lambs were £4 to £6 apiece dearer on the week, with export weights generally £30 to £34 over the weight and the smartest end 190p to 240p/kg.

In fact, all weights were good to sell, notably Mule lambs and heavy lambs of all breeds, as buyers sought to fill orders ahead of the forthcoming ethnic festival.

Yorkshire Halal Meats sourced two further first prize pens – 50kg Mules from Calton’s Robert Crisp at £80 per head and 49kg Mashams from David Verity, of Middlesmoor, at £70 each.

The reserve prime lamb championship fell to the second prize Continental Beltex-cross pen from Burton-in-Lonsdale’s Robert Garth, his 48kg charges selling for £98 per head to Kendalls Farm Butchers for its shops in Pateley Bridge and Harrogate.

The third prize 39kg Continental pen from George Sunderland, of Cragg Vale, Hebden Bridge, sold for £91 per head to Hellifield’s Paul Watson, on behalf Dunbia Foods in Preston, who also paid £75.50 each for the second prize pen of Mules from Chris Ryder, of Blubberhouses.

Woodhead Bros Butchers in Colne snapped up both the first and second prize 44kg and 43kg Suffolk pens from Flasby’s RA&M Earnshaw and Grindleton’s David Towler at £80 and £76.50 per head respectively.

The third prize 39kg Suffolk pen from CD&RF Kitching in Threshfield sold well at £91 each to Rossendale’s Bobby Booth, buying for Worldwide Foods in Manchester, who also secured the third prize 44kg Mule pen from T&C Robinson, of Tosside, at £72 per head.

David Verity also presented the second prize 49kg Masham pen, knocked down at £79 per head to Felliscliffe’s Andrew Atkinson, on behalf of Thompson Wholesale Meats in County Durham.

James Dewhirst and Hartwith’s Nick Dalby were co-judges, with the prime lamb show classes again sponsored by Wynnstay.

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