The three principals at the opening New Year rearing calf show at Skipton Auction Mart all fell to new buyers from North Lincolnshire – Nigel and Maria Mason, of Crowle, Scunthorpe.


The Masons secured the champion and reserve, the first prize bull calf at £470, top price in show, and the red rosette-winning heifer calf, both British Blue-crosses, at £400.


Both were shown by brothers Shaun and Peter Sowray, of Bishop Thornton, Harrogate, who began the New Year as they ended the old by once more presenting the victor and runner-up.


The Masons also paid £405 for the top price Limousin-cross bull calf from Frank Spence, of Sutton-in-Craven.


Predominantly arable farmers on their 2,300 acres, the Mason family also runs a Charolais suckler herd. They buy quality calves to fatten up and sell on after 13 months. “We were as pleased as punch with our first-ever CCM Skipton acquisitions,” said Mr Mason.


Frank Spence also headed the Limousin-cross heifer calf prices at £330 and the black and white bull calf class prices at £198.


The rearing calf show attracted a bumper turnout of 121 youngsters, achieving an overall selling average of £160.26 a head, with both British Blue and Limousin bull and heifer calf prices notably strong throughout.

 (CCM Auctions)