Pateley Bridge farmer Bernard Simpson, of Heathfield, took both champion and reserve honours at Skipton auction mart’s first primestock sale of 2013, when 84 prime cattle turned out.
The winner, a British Blue-cross heifer weighing 485kg, was bought by James Robertshaw of Keelham Farm Shop in Thornton, Bradford, for 260.5p/kg, top price by weight, or £1,263. Mr Simpson’s reserve champion was a Limousin-cross heifer, which achieved the leading per head price at £1,377, or 257.5p/g when it was bought by show judge Saltaire butcher Richard Binns.
Robert Crisp, of Calton, stepped up with the first prize pen of ten horned prime lambs, weighing 45kg and selling for £58.50 per head, top price in class, to Andrew Atkinson Livestock, of Felliscliffe, Harrogate.
And young Nidderdale farmers Shaun and Peter Sowray of Bishop Thornton won champion and reservce in the rearing calf show. The show had an overall turn out of 121 youngsters, and the Sowray brothers won with two British Blues. The bull calf winner sold for the day’s to price of £470, with the heifer calf reserve making £400. Both went to new buyers Nigel and Maria Mason of Scunthorpe.