A record price for supreme champion

FINE FINISH: Martin and Val Brown with daughter Hannah and their prime lamb reserve champion carcase

FINE FINISH: Martin and Val Brown with daughter Hannah and their prime lamb reserve champion carcase

First published in Farming

A MART record price of £3,810, (£6.35p/kg), for the supreme champion prime heifer, and £500 per head, (£12.20p/kg), for the supreme champion prime lambs, were the highlights at Skipton Auction Mart’s annual Lingfield Christmas primestock shows and sales.

The prime lamb lowland championship and supreme title went to a Beltex-cross trio from Martin and Val Brown of Newton-le-Willows, Bedale. The 41kg Continental-cross trimmed lambs sold to Dave Kirby for Lancashire Direct Halal Meats.

The Brown’s also had the first prize 48kg Continental-cross untrimmed pen, which sold for £125 each to Yorkshire Halal Meat Suppliers; the second prize 38kg untrimmed pen, which made £130 each when joining John Summers Family Butchers, Bradford; and the second prize 33kg pen of Beltex cross which were bought by Vivers Scot Lamb, of Annan, for £115 per head.

They were also reserve supreme champions in the inaugural lamb carcase competition which attracted 43 entries and produced an overall average price of £104.50 per lamb.

Their 40kg Beltex-cross E3L 57.7pc carcase sold for the second top price of £160, (£6.93p ddwt/kg), to Anthony Swales of Knavesmire Butchers, York.

The prime cattle supreme and female champion was a 15 month 600kg British Blue-cross heifer from Hayley Baines of Gisburn.

It was bred by Norman Dodd of Tebay and bought by butchers Alan and Veronica Walker of Halifax.

The male champion and reserve supreme prime beef champion from Claire Cropper and John Mellin, Long Preston, was a British Blue cross Limousin steer by a sire bred in Middleton-in-Teesdale by John White. Weighing 405kg, it sold for £1,215 (300p/kg), to Stephen Swales, Melbourne, York.

Claire Cropper and John Mellin also had the third prize 555kg British Bluecross heifer, which sold for £1,637.25, (295p/kg), to Kitsons Butchers of Stockton and Northallerton.

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