Skipton Auction Mart launches charity initiative

Hewetson pictured with the donated lamb
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The first lamb purchase through Skipton Auction Mart’s new charity programme has been completed.

Raising money for the Addington Fund, the single Beltex-cross lamb was donated by Craven Cattle Marts (CCM) chairman Anthony Hewetson. The sheep, sold to Alan Beecroft of Countrystyle Meats Farm Shop in Lancaster, helped to raise £135 towards the farming charity.

The Addington Fund’s aim is to provide homes for farming families living in England and Wales that have had to leave the industry through no fault of their own.

Under the new ‘Tup 1 Ewe’ fundraising scheme, sheep farmers are able to donate live sheep to participating auction markets around England and Wales, with proceeds from the sales going to the charity.

Sheep that have been nominated to participate in the scheme will be signified with a purpose-designed rosette. General manager of CCM, Jeremy Eaton, who organised the scheme said: “Other vendors are welcome to offer lambs at future sales to this extremely worthwhile cause.”

Countrystyle Meats Farm Shop also took away the prime lamb champions at the auction. They consisted of a pen of five homebred Beltex-cross from North Craven’s Mick Hewitt of Giggleswick, North Yorkshire. The winners went for £138 per head.

An auction regular, Beecroft also took home prime cattle, including a second prize Blue-cross condition for customers’ tables.

“Once again we are sourcing the very best meat that money can buy for our growing band of customers – top-quality lamb and beef roasts, steaks, chops and all the other popular cuts,” commented Beecroft. “Absolutely nothing will go to waste.

“We are also keen to buy the lamb donated in aid of the Addington Fund, as it is a very deserving charity that does sterling work on behalf of hard-hit farmers across the nation.”

Ian Bell, chief executive of the Addington Fund, welcomed the initiative. “We always get tremendous support from livestock marts and farmers and this is a great start to the renewed impetus we are now giving to our ‘Tup 1 Ewe’ fund-raising campaign,” he explained. “Our thanks go to CCM, its chairman and the farm shop buyer.

“We can only hope others will take up the gauntlet on our behalf.”

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