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.