Keelham again snaps up Skipton prime show principals
A championship and reserve championship buyer’s double was wrapped up by Keelham Farm Shop at both September’s monthly prime shows at Skipton Auction Mart
The shop, in
Brighouse and Denholme Road, Thornton, near Bradford, which has bought
every monthly prime cattle champion to date this year, along with many of the
prime lamb title winners, further stepped up support for its local auction
mart, as the countdown continues to the 2015 launch of Keelham’s new flagship
farm shop in Gargrave Road, Skipton, right next to the mart site.
Robertshaw first struck in the prime cattle arena when securing the victor, the
first prize 490kg British Blue heifer from Jim Baines, of Trawden, which topped
the by-weight prices at 266.5p/kg, or £1,306, before adding the reserve
champion, the first prize 590kg British Blue bullock from Silsden Moor’s Simon
Bennett, at £1,419, or 240.5p/kg.
For good measure,
Keelham purchased a third prizewinner, the second prize bullock, also from
Simon Bennett, at £1,185, or 240.5p/kg.
Mr Robershaw then
hotfooted it to the prime lamb ringside to pay £89 per head for the champion
pen of five 43kg Texels from Scott and Laura Robinson, of Barnoldswick, also
securing the reserve champion 43kg Beltex pen from Tosside’s Trevor and Clive
Robinson at £88 each. Laura is Trevor’s daughter and championship and reserve
championship honours were reversed this month
Back with the prime
cattle, top gross on the day was the £1,468, or 264.5p/kg, paid for the second
prize 555kg Limousin-cross heifer from Nidderdale’s Bernard Simpson, of
Heathfield, Pateley Bridge. It fell to Saltaire retail butcher Dick Binns for
his Bingley Road shop.
The turnout of 57
cull cattle reflected the seasonal uplift both locally and nationally, with
those carrying finish improving in trade, though the overall average of £643.25
per head, or 101.45p/kg, was distorted by the large percentage of lean
lightweight dairies. However, with both processor and feeding buyer interest,
particularly for young cattle, these also met a good trade.
A standalone cull
cow show saw beef-cross honours falling to a Limousin from Robert Shepherd, of
Bewerley, Pateley Bridge, which sold for £935, while the first prize dairy cull
cow from JC&DJ Marshall & Sons, of West End, made £811.
An Aberdeen Angus
cow from Skipton’s Geoff Lawn was the leading beef-bred performer at £1,082,
with a by-weight top of 144.5p/kg for the second prize Limousin-cross cow from
Cray’s Chris Akrigg. Black and white prices peaked at £935, or 128.5p/kg, for
respective entries from WP Gratton, of Brimham Rocks, and
P&J Brown & Son, of Askwith.
The prime cattle
shows were judged by Richard Maudsley, of Rathmell, with Jim Holden, who buys
for Woodhead Bros Butchers in Colne, officiating in the prime lamb show
He was also present
at the ringside to pay £69 per head for his chosen first prize pen of 41kg
Suffolk-cross lambs from Skipton’s Geoff Lawn, along with the 45kg second prize
winners from James Earnshaw, of Flasby, at £71 each.
A prize show for
Masham prime lambs, sponsored by Masham Sheep Breeders Association, saw breed stalwart, Nidderdale’s David Verity, of Middlesmoor, land first and second prizes with 46kg and 47kg pens that
both sold to Swaledale Foods in Skipton for £69 and £71 per head respectively.
Local vendor Robert
Crisp, of Calton, won the red rosette in the Mule show class, his 46kg charges
selling at £68 each to Andrew Atkinson, of Felliscliffe, while another show
class for Lleyn prime lambs fell to a 40kg pen from Charles and Richard
Kitching, of Threshfield, bought for £61 per head by Hellifield’s Paul Watson.
A massive turnout
of 5,138 prime sheep saw increased supplies harder to sell than the previous
week, with the 4,208 prime lambs among them trading at an overall average of
£66.62 per head, or 157.6p/kg (SQQ 158.99p/kg), much in line with the
The day’s leading
gross and by-weight price of £117.50, or 293.8p/kg, fell to a Beltex pen from
Richard Maudsely, of Rathmell.
A very large show
of 930 cast sheep were easily sold, with trade as strong as recent weeks. Cull
ewes averaged £58.50 per head, peaking at £110.50 for a Texel pen from Henry
Atkinson, of Felliscliffe, while cast rams averaged £67.62 each, with another
Texel from JG Hall & Son, of Gargrave, the leading performer at £109.50.