British Blue’s Dominate Skipton Christmas Store Cattle
11th December 2013
Skipton Auction Mart’s second annual Christmas show and sale was held on Wednesday 4th December. British Blues dominated the prizes, firstly, with David Broadbent, of Midgley, Halifax, with a British Blue-cross, which landed first prize in the show class, before selling for £1,310, joint top price in class, to Stephen Eastwood, of Emley, Huddersfield.
Another regular buyer, Anthony Swales, of Melbourne, York, snapped up the second and third prize young bulls – the runner-up, a British Blue-cross from AB Woodhouse, of Clapham, for £1,220, the third prize British Blue-cross youngster from 2012 show champion Shiela Mason, of Clapham, for £1,310, joint top price. The same vendor also sold a second entry at the same price, plus another at £1,250.
Stephen Eastwood swooped again to claim all three British Blue prize winners in the store heifer show class. The victor, from Clapham’s Jonathan Townley, achieved the day’s top price of £1,380, with the runner-up from John Fawcett in Barden making £1,290, and the third prize winner, also from Sheila Mason, selling at £1,120.
The show class for bullocks fell to another North Craven vendor, Eldroth’s Andrew Bailey, whose first prize winner, again a British Blue, headed the class prices at £1,340 when becoming another Stephen Eastwood acquisition. Mr Bailey also sold two further bullocks at £1,325.