A LOVELY show of prime lambs was before judge Ben Gray at Northallerton Christmas Primestock Show and after some deliberation he finally chose his champion in the Continental class of 43-47kg, the winner being Alistair Sutcliffe of Carlton in Cleveland for his pen of 43kg lambs which were purchased for £180 or £419p by Thompsons Butchers of Northallerton.

Reserve champion pen was taken by Joanne Andrews coming from the Continental class under 42kg for her pen of five lambs, selling to Mick Kirk trading as Angus Morton Butchers of Richmond, for £130 or £3.19p.

Prizes. – Pen of 5 Butchers Cont X Lambs (42kg and under): 1 JM Andrews 317p; 2 L & E Hall 238p. Pen of 5 Butchers Cont X Lambs (43-47kg): 1 & 2 AR Sutcliffe 419p & 236p. Pen of 5 Butchers Cont X Lambs (48kg-plus): 1 HL Donaldson 198p; 2 GL & SM Thompson 194p. Pen of 5 Butchers Down X Lambs (any weight): 1 JM Andrews 221p; 2 RN Kirby & Son 184p.

A fabulous entry of cattle were presented in front of judge James Robertshaw, who chose his Champion from the Limousin heifer class, from the Bowe Family of Gatenby which was purchased on behalf of Thompsons Butchers of Northallerton at 562p. The Reserve Champion came out of the Limousin steer class from Hannah Donaldson and sold for 320p.

Champion bull came from JA & M Boyes selling for 246p, and Reserve Champion came from RJ Pearson, selling for 244p.

Prizes. – Overall Champion D & PA Bowe 562p. Reserve Champion Hannah Donaldson 320p. Butchers Lim heifer: 1 D & PA Bowe 562p; 2 JV & JA Hodgson 270p. Butchers Brit Blue heifer: 1 JV & JA Hodgson 272p; 2 W Bainbridge & Sons 278p. Butchers other breed heifer: 1 R&D Harland 262p; 2 W Bainbridge & Sons 250p. Butchers Lim steer: 1 W Bainbridge & Sons 259p; 2 D & PA Bowe & Son 264p. Butchers Brit Blue steer: 1 RC & H Donaldson 320p; 2 JH & ME Grainger 246p. Butchers other breed steer: 1 JA Matten (Beef) Ltd 259p; 2 MA Donaldson 235p. Cont young bull: 1 JA & M Boyes 246p; 2 RJ Pearson 244p. Friesian young bull: 1 R&D Harland 178p; 2 CH Duffus & Son 180p. Home bred beast: 1 RC & HL Donaldson 286p; 2 FH & J Fairburn 259p. Beast bought out of Northallerton: 1 RB Greaves 276p; 2 RA & S Spink 274p.