Millington Grange Estates steal the show at Skipton

The Millington Limousin pedigree herd stole the show at Craven’s Autumn Pedigree event, the annual Skipton Auction Mart seasonal showpiece for beef breeding cattle

Millington Grange Estate, near York, produced the show champion, Millington Hudson, a 20-month-old son of the highly regarded AI sire Wilodge Vantastic, out of Brockhurst Option, bred in Buckinghamshire by Doug Mash.
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Show judge Ian Moorhouse, who runs Fouldshaw Blondes in Dacre, Harrogate, backed his judgement by purchasing the title winner for 2,900gns (£3,045).

The victor is a full brother to Millington Humber, who also took his place in the bulls show class and picked up the third prize, going on to sell for 2,800gns (£2,940) to Paul Newbould, of Dallowgill, near Harrogate.

A useful entry of Aberdeen Angus bulls ready for immediate work found a satisfactory trade. The pick of them was the January, 2011-born Foxfoot King from Peter Turnbull, of Coxwold, York. The 2011 son of Gramarye Kilarmanjaro joined A and E Bristol, of West Bradford, for 1,050gns.

Standing reserve champion was the second prize bull, a 15-month-old British Blue from the Littlebank herd of H&S Maudsely in Rathmell, while the female champion was a February, 2012-born Limousin from Phil Summers Agricultural in Clayton, Bradford. Both returned home, but will no doubt get another chance to shine.

The show formed part of CCM Skipton’s fortnightly sale of young feeding bulls, store bullocks and heifers, and breeding cattle. It attracted a robust entry of 566 head, which sold well, with both strong cattle and wintering animals in good demand.

The native cattle breeds attracted a packed ringside of customers, with Aberdeen Angus again good to sell, complemented by several decent runs of Beef Shorthorn cattle, which found stronger prices on the year. Dairy-bred entries were also dearer than the previous sale.

Averages: Young bulls – Continental x £967.63, Native £455.89, store bullocks – Continental x £971.60, Native £781.82, store heifers – Continental x £901.40, Native £625.15. Top price in the non-show classes fell to a brace of British Blue-x young bulls from Eileen Wilson, of Scorton, Richmond, which both sold at £1,700 to Stephen Swales for his Knavesmire Butchers shop in Albemarle Road, York.