By FWi staff

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 owns the JJB Sports retail chain and the JJB Stadium at Wigan.

He plans to serve beef from the champion at the directors lunch prior to the Wigan v Bournemouth football match on Boxing Day.

More than 250 farmers and buyers gathered for the carcass auction of 155 beef and 380 sheep, which levelled beef cattle at 304p/kg and lambs at 285p/kg.