An outstanding entry of prime cattle was forward at Gisburn Auction Mart’s Christmas Prime Cattle show and sale, where 26-year-old Hayley Baines collected a hat trick of prizes.
pre-sale show judges Geoff Nutter, of Bowland Foods Ltd, and John Whiteside, of Whiteside Butchers, Colne, picked out Hayley’s August 2011-born British Blue heifer as the champion. Earlier in the day the heifer, weighing 536 kilos, had picked up the prize for the best animal in the hands of the breeder. She was bough by Walker Butchers, Burnley Market Hall, at £2,465.60 (460p per kilo) and the prime beef from this animal will be on sale for Christmas week.
Miss Baines’s next lot was winner of the reserve champion award and earlier winner of the British Blue Heifer class for animals under 500kgs. Another August 2011-born beast, she sold for £1,450.40 (370p per kilo) to Bowland Foods Ltd. This was closely followed by Hayley winning the award for Best Animal Shown by a Young Person (under 27), this time for a British Blue heifer weighing 540kgs and selling at £1,555.20 (288p/kg).
Others enjoying success included William and Jonathan Timm of TWH Farming, who achieved £2,208 (400p/kg) for their British Blue heifer sold to an undisclosed buyer. Clare Cropper and John Mellin, of Long Preston, won the British Blue steer class with Romeo, which in October had won the reserve champion British Blue Steer award at Countryside Live, Harrogate, and which went onto sell for £1,691.20 (280p/kg).
Clapham-based Jonathan Townley was also in the ribbons with his July 2011-born Blonde d’Aquitaine, which weighed 492kgs and sold for £1357.92 (276p/kg).
Auctioneer Richard Turner commented: “The quality of cattle forward was exceptional, with a total of 40 premium steers and heifers which averaged 250p/kg and out of which 18 prize winners averaged 287p/kg.”
The pre-sale show was sponsored by P.M. & M. Chartered Accountants, of Blackburn.