Tom Akrigg with his brother John’s Craven
Champions Day supreme champion,
joined by co-judges Annie Turnbull,
left, and Lucy Corner.
Responsibility for the breeding and preparation of their latest
eight-month-old title winner can be put down to John Akrigg, who also
works as a land agent for rural, commercial and residential property
consultants Windle Beech Winthrop, based at the auction mart.
shown by John’s brother Tom, is by Dragon
a Welsh-bred sire bought purposely for show calf production. Out of
a Limousin-x-British Blue cow, the supreme champion sold for a show-topping £2,600,
well excelling the £1,750 top price achieved by the family with
another British Blue-cross heifer at last year’s corresponding
Co-judges Annie Turnbull, left, and Lucy Corner check out the Akriggs’
Champions Day female and male champions, handled by Tom Akrigg and
The 2014 principal was knocked down to Richard Sandham, of
Town End Farm, Carlton, Yeadon, buying on behalf of his 12-year-old
daughter Holly. The up-and-coming young farmer, a pupil a Guiseley
Secondary School, said she had been saving up to buy what is her first
She now plans to parade her Skipton champion on the local show
circuit, hoping to emulate past leading performers at the fixture,
which have gone on to perform with credit in the agricultural show
arena. The heifer will then be put to the Sandham family’s Limousin
stock bull, hopefully producing future show stock.
The supreme champion
became the first recipient of the Jack Walker Trophy, presented by
son Jeff in memory of his late father, who died last Christmas. He
was a familiar face at Skipton Auction Mart, notably around the cattle
sales ring, and the Walker
family, from Brennand Farm, Dunsop Bridge,
are also four-times winners of the Craven Champions Day title.
went close again this year when sending out the reserve supreme champion,
the first prize winner in the young handlers show class, another top-notch
British Blue-sired heifer shown by 19-year-old Rob Walker.
daughter of the Walkers’ own Bluegrass
was also responsible for Clitheroe-based Ian Townson’s 2013 Craven
Champions Day title winner, the reserve champion, out of a British
Blue-cross cow, sold for £1,500 to the Turnbull farming family
in Coxwold, near York, one of whom, Annie Turnbull, co-judged the show
with pedigree Blonde breeder Lucy Corner, of Darlington.
Turning to the bovine boys, the Akriggs
landed the male championship with their first prize British Blue-sired
bullock, shown by Tom’s
partner Emily Carr, who also works for Windle Beech Winthrop. The nine-month-old
son of the AI sire Eternel was also responsible for Akriggs’ 2013
top price achiever and their 2012 title winner.
Out of a three-quarters
bred Limousin cow, the bullock found a new home with Clive Delamore,
of Delamore Farms in Terrington St Clement, Norfolk, for £2,000.
He has also bought a previous Akrigg Craven Champions Day champion.
family picked up a third red rosette with the first prize any breed
bullock, another British Blue-cross, sold for £1,120 to Lincolnshire
buyers P&B Hodgson & Son, of Boston. They also had the second
prize British Blue-sired heifer, which became a £1,500 acquisition
by M Keel, of Thirsk.
There were also further successes for the Walker
family, who sent out the second prize British Blue-sired bullock, sold
to Stephen Eastwood of Emley, Huddersfield, for £1,420, along
with the third prize any breed heifer, again a British Blue-cross knocked
down for £1,290
to Thompson Bros in Pickering, represented by Les Thompson.
David and Linda Broadbent, of Midgley, Halifax, stepped up with the
first prize Limousin-sired heifer, which made £1,480
on joining Richard Critchley, of Hutton, Preston, and the second prize
any other breed heifer, acquired for £1,040 by A Kaye in Dunford
Another red rosette fell to the first prize Charolais-sired
bullock from Clapham’s Sheila Mason, the reigning breeding and
store cattle champion in Craven Cattle Marts’ Farmer of the Year
awards, who also sent out the third prize British Blue-sired heifer.
Both sold to the same buyer, GD Nutt, of Thirtleby, Hull, at £1,660
Stephen Fawcett, of Barden, was also prominent when achieving £2,000
with his second prize Limousin-sired heifer, bought locally by Skipton’s
Stephen Eastwood, a regular buyer at Skipton, also snapped
up three further prizewinners – the first prize any breed heifer,
a British Blue-cross from John Butler, of Rochdale, at £1,180,
the first prize any breed bullock, an Aberdeen Angus from J Walsh,
of Bury, at £1,210,
and the second prize winner in the young handlers show class, a British
Blue-sired heifer from AM&E Hartley, of Roughlee, Nelson, for £1,310.
Bros also bought three more award winners – the second
prize any breed heifer, another British Blue-cross from John Butler
at £1,330, the second prize any breed bullock, a British Blue-cross
again from TWH Farming in Easingwold for £1,260, and the first
prize any other breed heifer, a Blonde-cross from Saddle End Farms
in Chipping at £1,200.
Show sponsors were Huddersfield-based agricultural
agent and CCM field officer Janet Sheard, West Marton fencing contractor
Bob Lancaster, Carrs Billington and Top Tags Animal ID.