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John Fawcett Shines Again in Skipton Cattle Arena

Barden’s John Fawcett, who has been on sparkling form at Skipton Auction Mart this year with an excellent crop of young, up-and-coming cattle, landed a further championship success at the annual Spring store cattle with show potential fixture. (Wed, April 16).

John, of Dale Head Farm, who had already accumulated three young bull show wins at the North Yorkshire venue in 2014, secured his fourth title - this time with one of his ‘ladies,’ a 10-month-old home-bred British Blue-cross heifer.

Pictured with the Skipton store cattle with show potential champion, left, and reserve, are, from left, judge Stephen Maskill, reserve champion Jonathan Townley, title winner John Fawcett and sponsors’ representative Paul Drake.

Pictured with the Skipton store cattle with show potential champion, left, and reserve, are, from left, judge Stephen Maskill, reserve champion Jonathan Townley, title winner John Fawcett and sponsors’ representative Paul Drake.

The victor, which had earlier picked up first prize in its show class, was then nominated as champion by the judge, Hebden Bridge butcher Stephen Maskill, who described his chosen frontrunner as a “fine boned youngster with a lot of meat all over it.”

The heifer was sired by Viper, described by John as “the best bull I have ever had.” He acquired it from Dunsop Bridge’s Jeff Walker, also a familiar face at Skipton, with the same sire also responsible for John’s three young feeding bull champions.

Out of a Blonde-cross cow – “a plain one at that, they must have just clicked,” according to the vendor - the title winner sold for £1,280 to Pendle father and son farmers Matt and Ben Townsend, of Barnside Hall Farm, Laneshawbridge, who also purchased the champion at last year’s corresponding show.

In fact, the Townsends embarked on a real buying spree at this year’s renewal, with their 14-strong haul including all but one of the prizewinners, among them at £1,040 the reserve champion, the red rosette-winning Limousin bullock from Clapham’s Jonathan Townley, another tidy nine-month-old home-bred out of a British Blue cow. The vendor is another regular prizewinner at Skipton with his ‘bovine babies.’

The Townsends also paid top price in show of £1,320 for the second prize British Blue-cross heifer from the prolific Walker family, who farm at Brennand Farm, Dunsop Bridge.

In addition, they bought all three rosette winners in the Limousin-cross heifer show class, the first and third prize entries from James Huck, of Hubberholme, at £1,140 and £1,090 respectively, and the runner-up from Long Preston’s Clare Cropper for £1,320.

The Townsends’ final prize-winning acquisition was the first prize any another breed heifer, a Blonde-cross also from Jonathan Townley, at £1,080. All their Skipton purchases will be further improved at home, before returning to the sales ring.

Mr Townley also stepped up with the remaining prizewinner, the third prize British Blue-cross heifer, sold for £1,230 to Skipton regular Stephen Eastwood, of Emley, Huddersfield.

The show, sponsored by Massey Feeds, of Walton le Dale, and represented by their ruminant sales specialist Paul Drake, formed part of Skipton’s fortnightly sale of 520 head of cattle, comprising 370 bullocks and heifers, and 30 breeding cattle.

Trade on the day was described as decent, with plenty of interest in grazing and summering cattle, though buyers had an eye on prime trade when purchasing strong short keep cattle.

Young bulls sold to an overall Continental-cross average of £888 per head and a native average of £682, peaking at £1,320 for a British Blue-cross from Robert Davey, of Eldroth. The top price pen of five Limousin-cross bulls from the Towler family in Grindleton each achieved £1,070.

Store bullocks sold to a Continental-cross average of £1,023, with a native average of £877 and a section high of £1,190 for a nice pair of Herefords from Paul Drinkall, of Gargrave. Local vendors John and Alison Spensley, of Thorlby, produced the top price pen of three British Blue-cross bullocks, which each made £1,115.

Store heifers averaged £878 per head for Continental-cross entries and £820 for native breeds, with the show classes producing the leading prices. R Holmes, of Cross Roads, had the top price pen of three Blonde-cross heifers at £1,010 per head.

Breeding cattle sold to a top of £1,180 for a British Blue-cross heifer with Aberdeen Angus calf from James Pate, of Gisburn.

Also on the agenda was a dispersal sale of 24 suckler cattle from John Smith in Carleton. His Simmental-cross in-calf cows proved the leading performers when selling to a high of £1,020, with an average of £900.

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