Butchers out in force at Skipton Easter Spring lamb highlight
Wigglesworth Beltex-cross crowned supreme champion
Retail and wholesale butcher buyers were again well represented at the ringside at Skipton Auction Mart’s annual seasonal Spring lamb show and sale in their quest to source new season lambs for this weekend’s Easter tables. (Mon, Apr 10)
77 Prime cattle comprising 29 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 2 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 46 Cast Cattle.
3,044 Prime Sheep comprising 28 Spring Lambs, 2715 Prime Hoggs, 301 Cast Ewes & Rams.
311 Breeding Sheep.
75 Rearing Calves.
6 Loads of produce.
A good show of outfits for this weeks sale saw trade for commercial outfits dearer on the week with a full ringside of buyers present looking for mouths to graze the fast growing grass.
Top price was £215 for Mule Shearlings with twins for David White, who also sold correct mules with twins to £192. Top price singles was £190 for Texel correct ewes with nice Beltex lambs from Alan Midgley.
Critchleys prime cattle champions again at Skipton
The Crithcley family from Mercer Farm, Hutton, Preston, landed their second successive monthly prime cattle championship at Skipton Auction Mart’s April show and sale. (Mon, Apr 3)
The Critchleys - husband and wife, Richard and Julie, and their three sons, Robert, John and Thomas - saw their first prize 515kg Limousin-cross heifer awarded top honours by the show judge, Keelham Farm Shop’s James Robertshaw, who then transferred his interest to the ringside to claim his chosen champion for the day’s top call of £1,465, or 284.5p/kg.