Ribble Valley successes at monthly Skipton prime shows Ribble Valley exhibitors landed the spoils at Skipton Auction Mart’s October prime shows, the Baines family in Gisburn consigning the cattle champion, the Whalley-based Irelands the title-winning lambs.

The Baines’ beef cattle victor was a 550kg British Blue-x heifer that headed the by-weight prices at 330.5p/kg, or £1,818, when becoming one of three acquisitions by Robertshaw’s Farm Shop in Thornton, Bradford.
First-time prime cattle vendors, R&E Cowperthwaite of Settle, made an immediate impact when presenting the first prize and reserve champion 500kg Blue-x steer, sold at 325.5p/kg, or £1,627, to Knavesmire Butchers in York, then seeing their second prize 570kg Blue-x heifer top the gross prices at £1,855, or 325.5pkg, when joining show judge Phil Gregory, who took home a trio for his D&A Gregory & Sons Butchers in Bacup.
Show day attracted a larger turnout of 27 under 30-month retail type cattle, the headline figures showing seven make a hammer price of 300p/kg or more, with two in the £1,900s and seven in the £1,800s. Continental steers averaged 290.4p/kg and Continental heifers 296.6p/kg, with Ralph Pearson Wholesale Butchers in Bradford again the majority buyers with a 12-strong haul.
Whalley father and son, Richard and Mark Ireland’s prime lamb champions, a pen of five 41kg Beltex-x, were first tapped out by show judge Anthony Swales, then snapped up by him for Knavesmire Butchers at a price-topping £4 per kilo, or £164 per head. He also secured the two top price £170 per head pens from prime cattle champions, the Baines family.
George Sunderland was runner-up in the Continental show class with 44kg lambs away at £161 each, bettered at £166 by the third prize pen from Ellis Bros, of Addingham Moorside.
A standalone show class for North of England Mules was won by a 47kg pen from Joe and Nancy Throup in Draughton, sold for £108 each, the second prize 48kg pen from Pateley Bridge’s Bernard Simpson doing better at £109.50, though both eclipsed at £115.50 by the third prize pen from the North Craven Cowperthwaites, who took home tickets in both sections.
Another large turnout 3,133 prime lambs saw the overall average up 12p/kg on the week to level at 244.3p across the board, or a shade over £110 per head.