21 December 2001

Abattoir host to primestock show

CUMBRIA farmers consigned an excellent turnout of primestock for the annual Penrith Christmas Primestock Show, even though foot-and-mouth rules prevented a traditional event.

This years event was forced to judge all entries as carcasses, but this did not deter established primestock showmen from supporting the show.

Staged at North West Food Products abattoir in Blackpool, it produced a supreme championship for Douglas Bowes of Ulverston with a Belgian Blue x Blonde heifer.

The heifer, which realised £8.20/kg to return £2993, was bought by Paul Libberton acting on behalf of businessman David Whelan. Mr Whelan, who owns the JJB Sports retail chain and the JJB Stadium at Wigan, plans to serve beef from the champion at the directors lunch prior to the Wigan v Bournemouth football match on Boxing Day.

The reserve champion and winner of the Cumbrian Fellbred award was a Limousin sired heifer from John Little, Renwick, Penrith. It sold to the Cumbrian Fellbred meat marketing scheme at 300p/kg.

Roger Cranston was buying cattle for his familys 12 butchers shops in Cumbria, but also judged the 155 beef and 380 sheep carcasses.

More than 250 farmers and buyers gathered for the carcass auction, for auctioneer Stuart Bell of Penrith Farmers and Kidds to level beef cattle at 304p/kg and lambs at 285p/kg.

The lamb championship was won by Peter and Thelma Richardson, Bassenthwaite, near Keswick, with three-quarter-bred Texel crosses. The lambs realised 300p/kg to butcher Richard Harrison, of Wigton, Cumbria. &#42