It’s that time of year when the cheque books start coming out for potential show winners for both the summer and Christmas show season.
One market known for having some good quality youngstock on display is Skipton and their recent show and sale has been no exception.
Calderdale cattlemen claimed both championship and reserve championship honours on the recent Craven Champions Day, the annual high profile show and sale of store cattle with future show potential.
Adrian Leach, of Owlers Farm, Shackleton Hill, Hebden Bridge, landed supreme championship honours with his nine-month old Belgian Blue cross heifer, while fellow Hebden Bridge farmer, Brian Lund, of Walshaw Farm, took the reserve title with an eight-month old Parthenais cross (no doubt this could prove a contender for many any other breed titles on this year’s circuit).
The champion, home-bred out of a Gelbvieh-cross cow sold for £1,100 to a show man from Lancashire.
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Top price of the day at £1420 was paid for a Belgian Blue heifer from Kath Saffrey, of Halton West, sold to pedigree breeders and regualr show goers R A and N J Wheelwright, Halifax, who also paid £840 for Brian Lund’s home-bred reserve show champion.
Judge Bob Kingston, from Bridgewater, Somerset, said the show had produced some superb quality entries. “Both the champion and reserve stood out on weight, size and prettiness. By the time they get to Christmas, they will be just as they should be.”
Although the Walker family of Brennand Farm, Dunsop Bridge were bidding for a third consecutive supreme championship success at the show, they had to settle for reserve title honours in the halter-led classes with a home-bred Belgian Blue-cross heifer, a full sister to their 2006 champion. She sold for £700 to C R Nicholson, of Cawthorne.
The Charolais championship went to Coverhead Farms at Leyburn, with a home bred 13-month old heifer – her grand sire is the 28,000gns Maerdy Prime – exhibited by farm manager David Maughan. She made £760 when bought by C R Nicholson.