MARKET REPORT - SUNDAY 1ST DECEMBER 2013 PRESS LAMBS
The Brown family – husband and wife Martin and Val, and their daughter Hannah, of Beechwood House Farm, Newton-le-Willows, Bedale – retained their 2012 supreme champion prime lamb championship at Skipton Auction Mart’s sixth annual Lingfield Christmas primestock shows and sales.
Brown Beltex lambs reign supreme again at Skipton Christmas highlight
The Brown family – husband and wife Martin
and Val, and their daughter Hannah, of Beechwood House Farm, Newton-le-Willows,
Bedale – retained their 2012 supreme champion prime lamb championship at
Skipton Auction Mart’s sixth annual Lingfield Christmas primestock shows and
sales. (Sun, Dec 1)
The Browns, who constantly perform well at
the climax of Skipton’s primestock year, a seasonal highlight for the region’s
farmers, leading independent retail butchers and meat wholesalers, claimed the
2013 title with their first prize pen of three 36kg Beltex-cross trimmed lambs,
also lowland champions.
They sold for the day’s leading price of £420
per head to Lancashire butcher George Cropper. The three title winners had a
dead weight average of exactly 21kg, with a 58.3% killing out ratio.
Mr Cropper, who runs his shop in Accrington
Market with his daughter Clare, from Long Preston, also purchased the same
day’s lamb carcase supreme champion, another Beltex. All their acquisitions be
on sale in the run-up to Christmas.
The same class was also responsible for the
reserve supreme champion 36kg Beltex-cross prime lambs from Robert Garth and
Kelly Armitage, of Bentham, which fell for second top price of £175 each to
Skipton regular and show co-judge Anthony Swales, who runs Knavesmire Butchers
in Albermarle Road, York.
Mr Swales also bought two further
prize-winning pens for Knavesmire Butchers, the first prize 40kg Beltex-cross
untrimmed lambs, again from Robert Garth and Kelly Armitage, at £155 per head,
and the second prize 37kg Continental-cross untrimmed lambs from Stainforth’s
Richard Caton, at £140 per head.
The Brown family also sent out further
prize-winning Beltex-cross pens – the first prize 36kg untrimmed lambs, the
second prize 44kg untrimmed pen and the third prize 47kg trimmed pen. All three
fell to Vivers Scot Lamb in Anan for £150, £140 and £135 per head respectively.
Robert Garth and Kelly Armitage chipped in
further with the second prize 49kg Beltex-cross pen, sold for £140 each to John
Summers Butchers in Clayton, Bradford, with the first prize in class falling to
a 45kg pen from Stephen Pepper, of Oxenhope, which also sold to Vivers Scot
Lamb for a class-topping £145 per head.
Vivers also acquired two further third prize
Continental-cross pens - 43kg untrimmed lambs from Richard Caton at £135 each
and 37kg trimmed lambs from Sarah Eddleston, of Great Harwood, at £120 per
head. Neil Caton, of Stainforth, sold his third prize pen of 38kg
Continental-cross untrimmed lambs for £128 each to Ian and Mary Lancaster, of
The Suffolk-cross show class saw first and
second prizes fall to the Thompson family in Foulridge. Anthony Thompson sold
his 40kg runners-up to Roy Schofield, buying on behalf of meat wholesaler MJ
Birtwhistle in Worsley, Manchester, only to be surpassed by his young son Jack,
who saw his 46kg red rosette winners fall for a class-topping £110 per head to
Cross Roads butcher Paul Leadbeater.
In the show section for hill-bred prime
lambs, the championship was awarded to the first prize pen of three 53kg
Mashams from Kevin Wilson, of Blubberhouses. They sold for a section-topping
£95 per head to Hellifield’s Paul Watson.
Swaledale Foods, now based in Keighley, but soon to move to a new unit
in Skipton, bought the first prize and reserve champion
hill-bred 50kg Mule lambs pen from Joe and Nancy Throup, of Draughton, at £88
The business also acquired two further
prize-winning pens through its ringside representative and show co-judge James
Dewhirst - the second placed 55kg Mashams from Michael and David Wilson, of
Beckwithshaw, at £84 each, and the second prize 43kg Dalesbred lambs from David
Verity, of Middlesmoor, at £74 per head.
The Wilsons were also responsible for the
third prize 52kg Masham pen, sold for £79 per head to Halifax meat wholesalers J&E Medcalf, while Kevin
Wilson stepped up with the second prize 52kg Mule pen, which also fell to Paul
Watson for £79 each.
acquisitions were the second and third prize 45kg and 44kg Swaledale pens from
John Smith, of Carleton, and Skipton’s John Addyman at £76 and £70 per head
respectively, the first and third prize 45kg and 47kg Dalesbred pens from Frank
Carr, of Malham, and Joe and Trevor Stoney, of Pateley Bridge, at £72 and £75
apiece respectively, and the second prize other hill breed pen from Grain Farms
in Wadsworth at £74 per head.
regular Skipton buyer, Andrew Atkinson, of Felliscliffe, also acquired a number
a prize-winning pens, the first prize 46kg Swaledales from Calton’s Robert
Crisp at £74 each, the first prize 45kg other hill breed pen from Grain Farms
at £80 per head, and the third prize 44kg other hill breed pen for £74 each.
Mr Crisp was
also responsible for the third prize 46kg Mule pen, which joined Henry
Atkinson, of Felliscliffe, for £80 each.