Fine day for Dunsop Bridge farmers at Skipton contest

Rob Walker with the family's reserve champion bullock on 2012 Craven Champions Day.
Rob Walker with the family's reserve champion bullock on 2012 Craven Champions Day.

DEFENDING champions J.C. Walker & Son, of Brennand Farm, Dunsop Bridge – four times Craven Champions Day title winners – were again prominent at the 2012 Skipton event when presenting the male and reserve supreme champion, the first prize halter-led British Blue-sired bullock.

The 13-month-old reserve champion is by the home-bred Brennand Viper, who was also responsible for their 2011 Skipton title winner, out of a home-bred British Blue-x-Limousin cow. He sold for £1,780, second highest call of the day, to Anthony Swales, who runs Knavesmire Butchers shop in Albermarle Road, York. A regular buyer at Skipton, Mr Swales purchased the Walkers’ 2011 supreme champion.

Brennand Viper, who performed well as stock bull for the Walkers until being sold on as an eight-year-old last June, also sired the family’s young handlers class first prize winner, another British Blue-x-Limousin heifer shown by 17-year-old Rob Walker, which progressed to become reserve female champion, selling for £1,300 to Joe and Trevor Stoney, of Pateley Bridge.

The Walkers made it a hat-trick of first prize successes when landing the unhaltered heifer class with a British Blue youngster by Dragon Blues Champ, acquired by the family in May last year. He sold for £1,180 to John Summers, of Clayton, Bradford, another regular buyer at the fixture.

Further prize winners for the Walkers were the second and third prize Limousin-sired heifers, sold respectively at £1,100 and £1,150.

The supreme champion title this year went to the Akrigg farming family at Manor Farm, Cray, with their first prize British Blue-sired heifer and female champion. She headed the prices by a big margin – and the highest for many years - when selling for £2,550 to Clive Delamore, of Delamore Farms Ltd, Norfolk.