Bamforth porkers clinch CCM Skipton Christmas prime pigs title Calderdale pig farmer Adam Bamforth, of Heyknowle Farm, Slaithwaite consigned the champion pen of three prime porkers at Skipton Auction Mart’s annual Christmas highlight.

Making his first-ever appearance in the show, Mr Bamforth, a welder by trade with a lifelong interest in pigs – he currently has 40 at home - clinched the title with his first prize cutters, a 93kg trio of gilts by a pedigree Pietrain boar, out of pure Large White sows, which sold for top price in sale of 210p/kg, or £190.30 per head, to W Taylor & Son Butchers, of Station Rd, Bamber Bridge, Preston.

Mr Bamforth also stood third in the same show class with three same way bred 92kg hogs which got away at 155p/kg, or £143.63, to the same buyers, who notched up a hat-trick of purchases when also paying 135p/kg, or £106.65, for the reserve champion trio, the runners-up in the cutters show class from Daniel Thackray, of Prospect House Pietrains in Fewston, who won the Skipton Christmas title both last year and in 2018. His 78kg pure Pietrains were by a home-bred boar with Panpan bloodlines, out of a sow bred down country by Alice Newth,

All three prizes in the show class for 98-115kg baconers fell to D&A Livestock in Haverah Park, Harrogate, the best of them a 108kg trio at 138p/kg, or £150 per head, claimed by show judge, Wilf Buckle, of Buckle’s Meats in Kirkby Stephen