Friday 23 February, 2024

British Blue claims Skipton supreme

Reigning champions successfully defended their titles at Skipton’s Farmers Guardian supported Christmas prime cattle show and sale

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Prime cattle champion from the Stephenson family
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Prime cattle champion from the Stephenson family

The Stephensons, father John, son, also John, and daughter Laura, Bordley, claimed the overall championship for the fourth time in five years with their 630kg 16-month-old home-bred British Blue-cross heifer, under judges, retail butchers Phil Gregory, Bacup, and Phil Parkin, Howden. It sold for the day's top per kilo price of £4.54 (£2,863) to Jon Black, Wakefield.

The Stephensons also stood third in the same show class with a 610kg Limousin-cross heifer which sold for 369p/kg (£2,253) to Hagg Lane Farm, South Duffield

June Dowie and Jennifer Hyslop, Settle, secured overall reserve supreme with their first prize 630kg steer and male champion, Turbo Tam, an 18-month-old all-black home-bred Limousin-cross. It made 351p/kg (£2,214) when becoming one of 19 acquisitions by the principal purchaser Robert Pearson, of Ralph Pearson Wholesale Butchers, Bradford.

Reserve champion from Jennifer Hyslop and June Dowie
Reserve champion from Jennifer Hyslop and June Dowie

From the same home, Fools Gold, a 780kg home-bred Charolais-cross steer stood runner-up in the heavy class and was another Pearson acquisition at £2,648 (339p/kg).

Both the male and female reserve championships fell to home-bred class winners from John and Clare Mellin, Long Preston. The latter, a 565kg Limousin-cross by a home-bred bull, sold at 377p/kg (£2,132) to Kitson and Sons Butchers, Crathorne.  The male reserve, a 560kg Blue-cross, sold at 375p/kg (£2,097) to Knavesmire Butchers.  

A special prize awarded to the best beast purchased from CCM Skipton went to a 650kg Limousin-cross from the Critchley family, Hutton, which made 344.5p/kg (£2,239) again to Pearsons.

The Critchleys also finished runners-up in a Continental heifer show class with a 565kg heifer which sold at 389p/kg (£2,200) to David Green, of K. and J. Green Butchers, Chorley.

The un-haltered champion from Jim and Christine Scrivin, Elslack, was a 550kg 550kg first prize Blue-cross heifer which was also the best home-bred beast and made 357.5p/kg (£1,966).

 Champion lambs sell for £500/head

Defending champions,  Adrian and Kathryn Leach, Hebden Bridge, successfully retained the prime lamb supreme title with a Beltex trio, all out of home-bred ewes and by Blackadder The Greatest Showman.

The 41kg victors were first tapped out as winners of their Continental-cross class, then trimmed, lowland and supreme champions by Clare Mellin, Long Preston, who later claimed them for the top price of 500/head (£12.19/kg) for Cropper Family Butchers and Deli, Accrington.

Prime lamb champions
Prime lamb champions

Clare also paid £4.51/kg (£170/head) for the reserve trimmed, reserve lowland and reserve supreme champion lambs, the first prize 37kg Beltex-cross trio from Jon Midgley, Luddendenfoot.  

The Leach family also sold the third prize 45kg Beltex-cross lambs for £4.41kg (£200/head) to Knavesmire Butchers.

The runners-up in both trimmed lamb show classes, again Beltex-crosses, came from Brian and Linda Lund, Walshaw, with their 39kg trio making 428p/kg (£170/head), the heavier 42kg pen makig 433p/kg (£185/head) both to Vivers Scotlamb.

The third prize under 40kg trio, 36kg Beltex from James Towler and Sammy Fawcett, Grindleton, made £5.55/kg (£200/head).

Ellis Bros, Addingham Moorside, stood both champion and reserve - this for the third year running - in the untrimmed lambs section with red rosette-winning three-quarters home-bred Beltex trios. Their first prize 47kg pen made 436p/kg, £205, the first prize 30kg trio 483p/kg, £190. Ellis Bros also consigned the third prize 45kg pen, another Knavesmire Butchers buy at 437p/kg, £200

Clinching the hill lamb championship for the third year running were the Hutchinson family, Faceby, with a trio of 52kg Scottish Blackface wethers which were knocked down at £140/head (265p/kg) to Swaledale Foods, Skipton.

The reserve hill champions also became a further Swaledale Foods purchase at 227p/kg, £125. These were the first prize 55kg North of England Mule wether lambs from Kevin Wilson and family, Blubberhouses.

 Beltex crosses take carcase honours

William and Michael Oldfield, Newsholme, clinched the supreme championship in the lamb carcase competition.

The brothers claimed top honours with their 41-44kg Continental class winner, a home-bred Beltex-cross with a live weight of 41kg, deadweight 23.9kg, killing out percentage 58.2 per cent and AHDB grading of E2. It sold to the judge, George Cropper, for the top price of £460.

Mr Cropper also paid £310 for the reserve champion, another Beltex-cross and first prize winner in the under 41kg class from Clive and Trevor Robinson, Tosside. It had LW34kg, DW20.7kg, KO60.8 per cent, E2.

Pietrains claim pig supreme

Daniel Thackray, Prospect House Pietrains, Fewston, was supreme champion in the prime pig show classes for pens of three.

He was crowned champion with his first prize cutters, 94kg pure Pietrain by Warbuton Obertus 4 out of home-bred sows which sold for top price of £3.50kg (£329) to judge, Luke Swales, Knavesmire Butcher.

Pig champions

From the same home, the second prize 77kg trio made 220p/kg (£169.40/head) to Stephen Taylor, W. Taylor and Son Butchers, Bamber Bridge, who also paid 280p/kg, £300, for the 107kg first prize winners from the baconers class and overall reserve champions from Tom Dyas and Callum Smith, who trade as W. Berry, Doncaster

 Auctioneers: CCM.

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