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Hartleys Secure Championship at Skipton Calf Show

The New Year started in style at Skipton Auction Mart with a great show of rearing calves and a busy ringside.

Alan Middleton, of JP and KE Hartley, Beamsley, Bolton Abbey, emerged as the champion with his first prize British Blue-cross bull calf, beating last year’s winners, the Sowrays, into second place, which sold for £540.

Barry Lawson, of sponsors Cogent, with Alan Middleton, of JP and KE Hartley, and his champion rearing calf

Barry Lawson, of sponsors Cogent, with Alan Middleton, of JP and KE Hartley, and his champion rearing calf

The champion was out of a second calver Holstein, sired by Genus Fertility Plus, and sold for the top price of £570.

JP & KE Hartley also claimed second and third place in the Native-cross bull class, selling for £308 and £238, while the class was won by JT & E Thomber, of Clitheroe, who sold for £258.

Reserve champion, a British Blue-cross heifer, was put forward by Sutton-in-Craven’s Richard Spence, of F Spence, another consistent frontrunner in the Skipton calf ring, beating Church Farm Enterprises, who took second in this class, and C & SB Whitelock who were third. The reserve champion was sold for £380.

F Spence also took first prize in the Black & White bull class, selling for a price of £250 with JT & E Thornber picking up second, selling for £220 and FA Holmes & Son third, selling for £190. Thornber and Holmes also finished second and third in the Native-cross heifer class, which was won by J Rushton.

Father and son Fred and Mark Houseman, who trade as Church Farm Enterprises at Burton Top Farm, near Burton Leonard, won first and third prize in the Continental-cross male stirk class, picking up £435 and £415, with JC Marshall coming in second and selling for £515. Church Farm went on to win first and second prize with their Continental-cross heifer stirks, which sold for £340 and £320 with GT Booth coming third and bringing in a price of £370.

The quality on offer was befitting of any show and a large ringside of buyers bid freely to secure what they could.

The show was judged by Sam Beachell, of Driffield, and sponsored by Cogent.

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