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New Champion at Skipton Prime Cattle Show

Keelham Farm Shop swooped to buy the champion in a fine show of cattle at Skipton’s July Prime Show on Monday. (July 3)

Ben Townsend, of JM Townsend, in Laneshawbridge, emerged as champion with a 540kg British Blue cross heifer, which sold for 264.5p/kg or £1,428. The home-bred heifer, out of a three-quarters Blue cow and by a Blue sire, caught the eye of judge Martin Brown, of Leyburn, and gave the Townsends their first victory since January.

Ben Townsend with his prime champion, a British Blue cross heifer

Ben Townsend with his prime champion, a British Blue cross heifer
pic. Moule Media

Reserve champion was a pure bred Limousin heifer weighing 535kg, consigned by last month’s winners, the Critchley family, from Hutton, which sold to Jeff Burrow for 279.5p/kg or £1,495. They sold a second heifer for £1,401 or 259.5p/kg to Keelham Farm Shop.

The Critchleys - father Richard and his three sons, Robert, John and Thomas - from Mercer Farm, had won the championship for four months in a row and this time also took second prize in the bullocks, selling a British Blue cross to Countrystyle Meats for £1,448 or 258.5p/kg.

Top price per head was a 580kg British Blue cross heifer, sold by Jim Baines of Trawden, which made 259.5p/kg or £1,505 when selling to D&A Gregory & Son, of Bacup. Mr Baines also took third prize in the bullocks, selling a Limousin cross to JR & A Blades for £1,394 or 259.5p/kg.

JR Metcalfe, of Balderby Park, took first prize in the bullocks, selling a British Blue cross steer to Keelham for £1,496 or 253.5p/kg.

Charles and Richard Kitching, of Threshfield, were also among the top prices, selling a Limousin cross steer for £1,377 or 257.5p/kg to Hamlet’s Butchers, of Garstang, and a Limousin cross heifer for £1,356 or 253.5p/kg to D & A Gregory & Son.

The entry of 80 prime cattle included 43 cast cattle, with a better show of dairies and a higher percentage of heavy cows carrying finish. There was a slight improvement in trade on the week with particular interest in the young cows, Holstein Friesians selling to 165.5p/kg, and only four cows below 100p.

Black and whites averaged 122.54p/kg, with the top price reached by DM Smith, of Poole in Wharfedale, selling for £1,233 or 165.5p/kg. J Caygill & Partners of Rylstone sold seven black and whites for prices ranging from £961 to £1,173.

P Fortune, of Tosside, headed the Continental prices with a Limousin cross selling for £997 or 145.5p/kg, while A Thompson Farms Ltd sold a British Blue cross for the same price and price by weight. DG Boothman, of Halton East, sold an Aberdeen Angus for £1,133 or 136.5p/kg. J Shorrock, of Cliviger, Burnley, sold a Shorthorn for £1,008 or 133.5p/kg. The overall cull cow average was £855.22 or 124.55p/kg, well up on the previous month.

Two mature bulls were also sold, a Blonde from TB Moorhouse, of Dacre, for £1,192 or 144.5p/kg, and a Limousin from JR & A Blades, of Hawes, sold for £1,149 or 145.5p/kg.

First-time champion at Skipton prime lamb show

Giggleswick farmer Mick Hewitt won his first championship at Skipton Auction Mart in the monthly prime show.

Judge Nick Dalby, of Hartwith, selected Mr Hewitt’s pen of five Beltex-crosses, got by a Critchley tup. He sold the 39kg lambs for £101 each, or 259p/kg to Hartshead Meat Co in Mossley, who also bought the reserve champion and second prize Continental pen, for £98 apiece from TA Robinson.

Lambs were a better trade than anticipated with an overall average of 214p/kg looking a nice result on the day. Commercial lambs with a bit more weight on board were keenly contested and would be 10p/kg dearer than the lighter commercial lambs (37kg-39kg).

Better lambs generally sold from 230p to 250p, with the top price per kilo at 263.4p/kg for a pen of Beltex from Henry Atkinson, of Felliscliffe.

JA Stoney & Son, of Pateley Bridge, reached the top price per head, of £118, selling a pen of Texels to Countrystyle Meat of Lancaster, while Ellis Bros sold a pen of Beltex for £113.50 per head. Other notable prices were 263.1p/kg for Texels from Rob Paisley, of Ilkley. Third prize in the Continental class was taken by D&A Livestock, of Haverah Park, who sold for £90 a head to Vivers Scot Lamb. They also came third in the Down-cross class, selling for £94.50 to Paul Watson, of Hellifield.

ML Evans, of Steeton, took first and second prize in the Down-cross show class, with two pens of Suffolks, selling the first prize pen to Swaledale Foods for £109 per head and the second prize pen to Keelham Farm Shop for £106 per head. GR & SM Wearmouth reached top price per head for Suffolks, selling for £110 per head.

JC&N Throup, of Draughton, won first prize in the Mule show class, selling a pen of 39kg lambs for £78 apiece to Paul Watson. Mules averaged £77.64 per head or 180.91p/kg with top price per head reached by JM Daggett, of Burnsall, at £83.50, and top price per weight going to A Todd at 202.4p/kg.

Spring lambs saw an overall average of £85.95 per head or 214.64p/kg.

Cull ewes averaged £61.52 per head, with John Turner’s Texels selling to £103.50, while cast rams averaged £75.21, with top price from JGE Heseltine, of Bolton Abbey, for Texels at £92.50.


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