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Robert Towers Double at Skipton Easter Spring Lamb Showcase

Red Rose sheep farmer Robert Towers secured a noteworthy championship and reserve championship double at the high profile Easter prime lamb show and sale at Skipton Auction Mart. (Mon, Apr 14)

Mr Towers, of Camp House Farm, Farleton, Lancaster, has multiple Skipton prime lamb championships and prize wins under his belt and was repeating his title-winning success at the mart’s 2013 Easter show.

Robert Towers, left, with his Skipton Easter prime lamb champions, joined by judge Mick Etherington.

Robert Towers, left, with his Skipton Easter prime lamb champions, joined by judge Mick Etherington.

His latest victors were an outstanding pair of 44kg Beltex-cross-Charollais prime lambs, which sold at a price-topping £148 each, or 336.4p/kg, to regular Skipton wholesale buyer Bowland Foods in Preston.

They were purchased on behalf of SR Hallworth Butchers in Whalley and will go on sale in the Accrington Road shop for customers’ Easter tables, with some succulent lamb roasts and other prime cuts assured. Owner Steve Hallworth has also sourced past Skipton prime lamb champions and prizewinners.

Mr Towers’ reserve champion pen of two 46kg pure-bred Charollais lambs fell to show judge Mick Etherington, of Wilsden, at £135 per head, or 293.5p/kg. A regular buyer of prime lambs for West Yorkshire retail butchers, Mr Etherington acquired the Skipton runners-up purposely for Woodend’s Family Butchers in Adel, Leeds.

Run by butcher Dan Woodend, the Otley Road business often buys prime lamb champions and other prizewinners at the North Yorkshire venue – the shop also snapped up the first Spring lambs of 2014 to be sold there this year. These, too, were bred by Mr Towers and Woodend’s Butchers latest top-notch acquisitions will also go on sale for the Easter market.

Well-known independent family butchers and meat wholesalers from across the region were again out in force at the ringside, as they competed for the pick of the season’s early Spring lambs for the Easter meat trade.

Mark Evans, of Tower Gate Farm, Steeton, reserve champion at the 2013 Easter show, was again prominent with the first and second prize Suffolk-cross pens, out of Texel ewes. The red rosette-winning 48kg pair sold for the day’s second top price of £143 per head, or 297.9 p/kg, to Kendall’s Farm Butchers for its shops in Pateley Bridge and Harrogate.

The 54kg runners-up fell for £130 per head, or 240.7p/kg, to Stanforth Burchers/CCM Quality Foods, for one of its wholesale arm customers Toogood Farm Shop in Wrightington, Wigan.

The third prize pair of 42kg Texel-cross lambs from S&M Craven, of Melbourne, York, sold for £129 each to Samuel Howarth Wholesale Butchers in Oldham.

With 189 Spring lambs forward, the overall selling average was £113.70 per head, or 266.4p/kg, with individual breed averages as follows: Texel £113.53 per head, or 278.4p/kg; Suffolk £118.58 per head, or 280.4p/kg; Charollais £118.43 per head, or 272.3p/kg, Down £94.59 per head, or 225.4p/kg.

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