Farm shop buys champion cattle

A West Yorkshire farm shop has bought both the champion and the reserve champion at Skipton Auction Mart’s opening New Year show and sale.

Keelham Farm Shop at Thornton, Bradford, paid 223.5p/kg, or £1,095, for the title winner, a 490kg home-bred British Blue heifer from Nidderdale farmer Bernard Simpson, of Heathfield, Pateley Bridge. It also bought the reserve champion, a British Blue steer from Brian Lund, of Walshaw, Hebden Bridge, at £1,249 and a Limousin-cross heifer from the same exhibitor for £1,196.

The shop, which is well known for sourcing locally reared prime livestock, said that its latest beef acquisitons will be fully matured for 21 days before being sold.

Skipton’s cattle ring was recently upgraded, with the removal of the old ringside, rostrum and concrete floors, the renewal of the drainage system, the installation of the new ringside and rostrum position, the removal and replacement of the old cattle scale, the laying of new concrete floors and the refurbishment of the heating system.

The new ring has a new tiered standing area to enhance ringside viewing for customers, plus extra standing room at the ringside, while side-by-side cattle gates allow stock to enter and exit the ring in a more central location.
CCM’s Ted Ogden, farmstock sales manager and auctioneer, explained: “The improvements were carried out with the safety and comfort of customers and livestock as priorities, also allowing cattle to be shown off to their best advantage.“

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