Demand for quality pushes prime prices up at Skipton

Demand from butchers to source top quality locally reared meat saw prices topping at £1201 (216.6p/kg) for the 550kg champion a 13 month British Blue bullock at Skipton.



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Forward from local breeder L Bamforth and Sons, Wainstalls, Halifax, it was Keelham Hill Farm Shop, Bradford who snapped up the prime cattle champion.


David Bamforth also presented the reserve champion, a 495kg British Blue heifer, which became another Keelham Hill Farm Shop acquisition at £997 (201.5p/kg.


3356 prime lambs also passed through the ring at Skipton, with prices topping at £78 a head for north Craven sheep farmer Richard Frankland, rathmell  with his pen of five Beltex cross Texel lambs. These were aquired by Calderdale-based S and J Dorsey butchers for their shop in Borough Market, Halifax.



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 The overall reserve championship was awarded to the champion pen of Mashams from David and Roland Verity, of W&R Verity, Grange Farm, Bouthwaite, Ramsgill – the third year in succession they have lifted the title in the show, staged on behalf of Masham Sheep Breeders Association. 

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The victors sold for £60 each to judge James Dewhurst, buying on behalf of Stanforths Butchers, Skipton, who will be selling the lambs at their Mill Bridge shop from this weekend.


There was a second North Craven success in the Lleyns show, when the first prize was awarded to a five-strong pen from John Dugdale, of H & M Dugdale, Borrins Farm, Stackhouse, Settle, his charges selling for £62 a head to Roy Schofield, Todmorden.