Nidderdale success at Skipton prime cattle show A home-bred British Blue-cross heifer from Nidderdale’s Bernard Simpson, of Spring House, Heathfield, Pateley Bridge, was champion at the February prime cattle show at Skipton Auction Mart.

Mr Simpson stepped up on his reserve championship success at the opening New Year show with his home-bred daughter of a Tamhorn sire purchased at Skipton several years earlier and which has been responsible for the majority of his prizewinners at the North Yorkshire venue of late.


Out of a Limousin cow, the victor headed the day’s prices at £1,575, or 262.5p/kg, when becoming yet another championship-winning acquisition by Keelham Farm Shop in Thornton, Bradford, which also paid £1,354 for a second British Blue-cross heifer from Mr Simpson.


Keelham, which is due to open its second farm shop in Gargrave Road, Skipton, later this year, acquired five beef cattle in total, including, at £1,374 and second top price in show, the reserve champion, a home-bred Limousin-cross heifer by his well-proven Gunnerfleet stock bull from Simon Bennett, of Delph Farm, Silsden, who was making a welcome return to the prime cattle show arena at Skipton.


Their other acquisitions were the first prize Limousin-cross bullock from Skipton regular Jimmy Baines, of Trawden at £1,264, or 235.5p/kg, and a further heifer from David Bamforth, of Wainstalls, Halifax, at £1,176, or 228.5p/kg.


The monthly cast cattle show saw John and Gill Huck, of Hubberholme, land a championship and reserve championship double with their first and second prize beef-bred entries, both Limousins, knocked down at £934, or 134.5p/kg, and £915, or 131.5p/kg, respectively. The top price beef animal at £989, or 134.5p/kg, was a Blonde-cross from local breeders Keith and Jeanette Marshall, of Niffany.


The first prize dairy-bred entry from G Abbott & Son in Dacre, Harrogate, sold for £889, or 112.5p/kg, with black and white prices headed at £927, or 114.5p/kg, with a cow from Norman Bell, of Cowling.


Cull cows, which comprised 55 of the 69-strong prime cattle entry, sold to an overall average of £696.83 per head, or 104.90p/kg.