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New Auction Record in Fantastic Rearing Calf Show at Skipton

In a fantastic show of rearing calves Phillip Summers set a new auction record, selling his champion for £710 at Skipton Auction Mart. (March 16)

Mr Summers, of Clayton, Bradford, had never won the calf championship at Skipton before.

Phil Coleman, of sponsors Forfarmers, with Phillip Summers and his champion calf, and judge Samantha Asquith.

Phil Coleman, of sponsors Forfarmers, with Phillip Summers and his champion calf, and judge Samantha Asquith.

His six-week-old British Blue bull, a suckler bred calf out of a pedigree Limousin cow and from a Genus sired Belgian Blue bull, emerged as champion at the Spring Calf Show and sold for a new auction record of £710.

Mr Summer came out above the Sowray family, of Bowes Green Farm, Bishop Thornton, who won a number of championships at Skipton in 2014.

However Shaun and Peter Sowray still had a good day with a Limousin bull, first in its class and reserve champion, selling for another high price, £630. The Sowrays also took first and second prize in the British Blue heifer category and second prize with a British Blue bull

Third prize for British Blue heifers was taken by JP & KE Hartley, of Beamsley, Bolton Abbey, while second prize Limousin bull was claimed by RD Metcalfe, of Grange Farm, Brearton, north of Harrogate, who also sold a Limousin cross heifer for £305, top price in class.

Other vendors such as Fred Houseman and John Marshall of Monk Ing had some strong runs with an average of £434 for British Blue Bulls. Strong prices were also received for Aberdeen Angus calves with bulls averaging £251 and heifers averaging to £268.

The show was judged by Samantha Asquith, of Otley, and sponsored by Forfarmers, which was formerly known as BOCM Pauls, the regular sponsors for Skipton’s calf shows.

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