MARKET REPORT - SUNDAY 1ST DECEMBER 2013 PRESS CARCASS
A total of 51 lamb carcases were put forward for judging in a standalone competition class that again proved an integral and highly popular feature of Skipton Auction Mart’s annual Christmas primestock shows and sales.
Cropper repeat coup at CCM Christmas lamb carcase
A total of 51 lamb carcases were put forward for
judging in a standalone competition class that again proved an integral and
highly popular feature of Skipton Auction Mart’s
annual Christmas primestock shows and sales. (Sun, Dec 1)
Breeders and feeders from Craven and further
a magnificent show of carcases, with lambs delivered to the mart and weighed
live, before slaughter at John Penny and Sons in Rawdon, with delivery back to
the Stanforths Butchers meat plant on the CCM site.
Carcases were individually graded by EBLEX
and created keen interest among butcher buyers and one local restaurateur who snapped
up five carcases. The fixture built on the success of last
year’s inaugural event when producing an overall
average price of £114.66 per lamb, compared to £104.50 in 2012.
As last year, Beltex-sired carcases clinched
the leading honours, with the championship awarded to the first prize under-35kg Continental entry from
Bentham’s Robert Garth and Kelly Armitage with a carcase weighed
in at 29kg alive, but returned at 17.5kg, with a killing out percentage of
60.34% and a grade of E3L.
The victors, who also sent out the same day’s
reserve supreme prime lamb champions, saw their title-winning carcase sell for
a new event high of £300, or £17.14 per kg, to the show judge, Red Rose butcher George Cropper,
whose shop is in Accrington Market.
who runs the shop with his daughter Clare – she lives in Long Preston – also
bought last year’s title-winning lamb carcase. On the same day at this year’s
renewal, he also swooped to buy the 2013 Christmas prime lamb champions.
The reserve champion carcase came from
Coverham’s David Findlay, whose 37kg Beltex lamb returned at 20.9kg, or 56.48%
killing out and an E2 classification, before selling for £200, or £9.57p/kg, to
buying on behalf of his butcher’s shop in Albermarle Road, York.
Mr Swales bought a total of five prize-winning
carcases – the second and third prize 35-40kg Continental entries from Bill
Logan, of Stainforth, and Michael Hall again at £135 and £155 respectively, the
second prize under-35kg Continental carcase from Hannah Brown, of
Newton-le-Willows, for £170, and the first prize native breed carcase shown by
Carleton’s Ian Bell for £112. All will be on sale to Knavesmire Butchers’
Daguzan, who runs Le Bistro des Amis in Skipton’s Jerry Croft, became the first
restaurant owner to acquire top-notch locally produced lamb at the fixture by
purchasing five carcases, all but one of them prizewinners.
the third prize under-35kg Beltex lamb carcase from 2013 Skipton Christmas
prime lamb champions Martin and Val Brown, of Newton-le-Willows, for £170, the
third prize Swaledale lamb carcase from Burnsall’s JW Stockdale & Son at
£88 and the second prize native breed Cheviot lamb carcase from David Findlay
also added the first prize Dalesbred lamb carcase from Richard Close, of
Starbotton, for £85, along with a second Dalesbred carcase from Middlesmoor’s
All five lambs, which then passed
through CCM Quality Foods’ meat preparation unit at the auction mart,
run by Skipton-based Stanforth Butchers, who again sponsored the show, will now appear in various prime cuts on
the menu at Le Bistro des Amis in the run-up to Christmas.
Luc, who was making his first-ever visit to an auction
mart, said: “It was an incredible experience – an education. We always try to
buy our meat from local farmers – and you can’t get much more local than
Skipton Auction Mart. I’ll definitely be back.”
George Cropper Jnr, of Baxenden, paid £150 for the
first prize 41-44kg Continental carcase from local vendor Michael Hall, of
Scosthrop, Airton, on behalf of the Roaming
Rooster Farm Shop, near Nelson.
Alan Parnaby was also in the thick of the action when buying a total of seven
carcases on behalf of Dales Butchers for its two outlets in Ingleton and Kirkby
Lonsdale. They included the third prize hill lamb carcase, also from JW
Stockdale & Son, for £80, and the second prize Swaledale lamb carcase shown
by Roy Nelson, of Bordley, at £78.
was also responsible for the first prize Swaledale carcase, sold for £89 to
Stanforths Butchers, which also paid £84 for the third prize Dalesbred carcase from Kevin
Wilson, of Blubberhouses. Both will be sold in the Skipton shop.
Stanforths also went to
£95 to secure the first prize hill lamb carcase from David and Michael Wilson,
of Beckwithshaw, on behalf of Hopper Lane Hotel in Blubberhouses.
David Findlay added to his successes with the first
prize native breed lamb carcase, knocked down for £74 to Watson Livestock in
Hellifield, while David Verity was also responsible for the second prize
Dalesbred lamb carcase, sold for £81 to John and Sarah Hartley, of Bashall
Les Grange, of Follifoot, stepped up with the
remaining prize winner, the third prize 41-44kk Continental carcase, which
joined JH Jackson, of Raygill, for £142.