A top price of 4,800gns was achieved at the Skipton Mart’s spring show and sale of pedigree bulls and females this week.
Taking the top price was a two year old bull from the Gallaber pedigree herd of Tommy and Jennifer Sedgwick and their son Ian. Gallaber Freddie (pictured above) is a son of Melbrek Charriot and out of Ronick Parahute-sired Gallaber Umist, this one is a half brother to the family’s Rocky-bred Gallaber, who sold for 5,000gns at last year’s fixture.
This one was bought by brothers David and Martin Wilson of Crimple HEad Farm, Beckwithshaw, Harrogate. They plan to use him on Limousin X cows in their commercial suckler herd.
Meanwhile the title of supreme champion was awarded to the first prize intermediate bull and male champion from the Copperhurst herd of Red Rose pedigree breeder Andrew Howarth, based at Hurst Farm, Whitefield, near Bury.
Copperhurst Fuller (pictured above) is an August 2010 born son of the Genus bull Chytodden Conan, out of the Ronick Hawk daughter Greavepark Vester, bred by Harold Isherwood in Bacup. He sold for 3,400gns to AR and J Alsop & Sons, of Dacre, Harrogate.
The reserve supreme championship fell to one of the junior bull class winners and reserve male champion, the 15-month-old Tomschoice Galahad from the North Yorkshire pedigree herd of James and Sarah Cooper at Dacre, Harrogate.
A son of Sympa, out of the Ronick Member daughter Tomschoice Diva, the 2012 runner-up (pictured above) joined RC Robinson & Partners, of Newton Kyme, Selby, for 3,200gns.
Other Leading Prices
Meanwhile the first prize senior bull, Coach House Fairfax, an April 2010 born son of Coach House Amos, out of the Haltcliffe Hercules cow Coach House Aylla from Nottinghamshire breeders Barry and Gill Heald, of Home Farm, Grove, Retford, sold for 4,500gns. The buyer was Mark Throup of Malham.
Also achieving 4,500gns was the second prize intermediate bull, Boldventure Frederick, from W&A Holden, of Higher Bold Venture Farm, Oswaldtwistle, Accrington. The well-bred son of the 10,000gns world record sire Haltcliffe Vermount, out of the consistent Ronick Hawk daughter Tophill Ursula, joined A Kaye & Son, of Dunford Bridge in the Peak District.
And John and Claire Mason, who run the Oddacres herd at Embsay, achieved 3,100gns for their 14 month old Oddacres Grizzly. By the herd’s stock bull Homebyres Dizon, and out of Oddacres Dazzler, this one was bought by D and S Hollings, Pecket Wel, Hebden Bridge.
From the same herd, a top call of 3,100gns was achieved for the female champion Oddacres Figurine (pictured above), the first calf of Oddacres Dot. The buyer was Bill Cowperthwaite or Malham Moor.
Meanwhile the reserve female champion, also from the Masons, Oddacres Golden out of the Plaisant daughter Uracile, sold for 1,700gns to RH and C Ayrton, of Abbeystead in the Forest of Bowland.
Senior bulls averaged £3,948, intermediate bulls £3,315 and junior bulls £2,746, an overall average of £3,091. Averages in the female section were senior maiden heifers £1,899, junior maiden heifers £1,317, in-calf heifers £1,85, and heifers with bull calves £2,573. Cows with bull calves sold to 1,850gns and cows with heifer calves to 2,800gns.