Huck family claim Skipton suckled calves championship
At Skipton Auction Mart’s annual autumn highlight for this year’s crop of suckled calves and over year store cattle with show potential, Austwick mother and son, Janet and James Huck, presented both the champion and reserve in the 2016-born suckled calf show class. (Wed, Oct 26)
The champion was a Blonde heifer, out of a three-quarter Limousin cow, sired by Shapfell Esquire, which made £1,240 when selling to Thomson Bros, of Pickering. The Hucks’ reserve champion, another Blonde, sold for £1,180 to Edwards Farm Butchers in Burnley.
Peter Fox, of Withgill, Clitheroe, was responsible for the first prize 2015-born bullock, a classy Limousin-cross, which sold for £1,390, the day’s top call, to Lincolnshire’s K Littleworth & Sons, from Horncastle, and another which took second prize and sold for £1,280 to Bolster Moor Farm in Golcar, Huddersfield.
Mr Fox also took second and third prize for 2015-born heifers, again with two Limousin-crosses, which sold for £1,370 and £1,320, and became further Bolster Moor acquisitions.
Sheila Mason, who runs the Keasden Head pedigree herd in Clapham, took first prize for over year heifers with a lovely Blue-cross, which sold for £1,290 to Kirkby Malham’s Jeff Burrow.
Jonathan Townley, of Clapham, won the 2016-born bulls class, with a home-bred March-born British Blue, which joined regular buyer Stephen Swales, a farmer and butcher in York, at £1,080.
The show formed part of Skipton’s fortnightly cattle sale, which attracted an entry of 515 head, among them 86 young feeding bulls and 418 bullocks and heifers.
A seasonal shortage of good quality strong bulls saw top-end cattle getting away at £1,100 and upwards, while 2016-born cattle met a good trade for high quality types, with seven-month-old bulls making £900 - £1,120, though second quality stock was harder to place.
The youngest cattle met a good audience of both finishers and customers looking for cattle to grow on. Top price in the young bulls section of £1,340 fell to a Limousin-cross from Silsden Moor’s Simon Bennett. The overall Continental-cross average was £818 per head.
In the store section, trade was rather mixed, Regardless of age, the smarter end was easily sold, but anything very commercial or a plain dairy-cross was harder to cash in. Suckled bullock calves were a strong trade, the best end nicely in the £900s up to £1,000-plus. That was also the case with heifers, although plain sorts soon slipped below £700.
Store bullocks achieved a 2015-born average of £905 per head and £773 for 2016-born. Pen prices in each category were headed by Don Leeming, of Ramsgill, with five Limousin at £1,145 each, and £940 each for a trio of Limousin from Alan Twell of Spalding in Lincolnshire.
Store heifers averaged £891 for 2015-born and £725 for 2016-born, with pen prices peaking at £1,000 each for three 2015-born Limousin from ABJ&S Witt, of Worsthorne, and £845 each for four 2016-born Limousin from George Fleetwood, of Mirfield.
The seven beef breeding cattle penned for sale sold to a high of £1,440 for a Saler cow with Charolais heifer calf at foot from Robert Gemmell, of Bradshaw, Halifax, while a small entry of beef-bred feeding cows averaged £595 per head.
The next fortnightly sale on Wednesday, November 9, also features annual pedigree shows for Shorthorn and South Devon cattle.