Skipton Auction Mart prepares for Christmas prime show

With the festive period on the horizon, Skipton Auction Mart is getting ready for the biggest day in its calendar. 

The Christmas prime show, alongside supporting events, will take place on Sunday, 27 November, attracting the best quality prime cattle and lambs from the region’s leading farmers. Entries for potential viewers closes on Monday, 14 November.

Both traditional butchers and meat wholesalers will compete to secure the best meat in the run-up to Christmas for their customers. This year, there will be 13 butchers’ prime cattle classes, four more than in 2015. This category includes British Blue, native-breeds and any other breed heifers and steers.

The nine halter-led classes will feature categories designed to encourage farmers to bring forward more liveweight animals.

There will be ten butchers’ lambs show classes for the region’s most popular sheep breeds: Continental-cross, both trimmed and untrimmed; Suffolk-cross; Mule; Masham; Swaledale Dalesbred and any other horned, hill or native breed. The hill lambs will be judged by David Palmer whilst Martin Brown will judge the lowland section. “I will be looking for good quality, well presented and evenly matched lambs with plenty of meat,” said Brown, a well-known Beltex breeder.

There will be a champion, both male and female, chosen from cattle classes and lowland and hill sheep classes. When the champions are named, there will be an overall supreme champion awarded from each section.

Last year’s prime cattle champion sold for £3,648, whilst the prime lamb title winners from 2015 saw bids from six different butchers, after eventually being sold for £500.

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