FARMING MATTERS: Craven Young Farmers lead the way

Mark Hartley presenting the Young Handlers trophy to Clare Cropper with her heifer which went on to win supreme champion of the day at Gisburn Auction Mart
Mark Hartley presenting the Young Handlers trophy to Clare Cropper with her heifer which went on to win supreme champion of the day at Gisburn Auction Mart

Gisburn Auction Mart’s Christmas Prime Cattle Show was dominated by Craven Young Farmers.

The pre-sale show was judged by the very capable 18-year-old Harry Wood, who, after much deliberation, awarded the championship to the first prize winner of the Young Handlers’ Class – a British Blue steer born in May 2010 and exhibited by 19-year-old show cattle enthusiast Clare Cropper, on behalf of Cropper and Mellin, of Long Preston.

Later in the day the champion went to make the top price of £2,901 (520p/kg), selling to Luke Swales on behalf of Knavesmire Butchers, York. The first £500 from that sale was donated to the Harry’s Star Children’s Brain Tumour charity, based in Yorkshire.

Cropper and Mellin also presented the reserve champion and first prize winner of the best continental heifer class, an April 2010-born Limousin heifer, weighing 592kgs and selling at £2,072 (350/kg).