Limo steers way to a win at Gisburn

steer right: Clare Cropper, with Cropper & Mellin's show champion, a homebred Limousin steer which sold for �1,100.
steer right: Clare Cropper, with Cropper & Mellin's show champion, a homebred Limousin steer which sold for �1,100.

GISBURN Auction Mart’s Anniversary show and sale day on Saturday saw a capacity audience in all three sale rings.

Limousin cattle dominated the day, with cows and calves at foot from both Paul Coates, of Barrowford, and James Greenwood, of Bury, achieving £2,000. Clare Cropper and John Mellin, of Long Preston, picked up the championship award with their homebred, 10-month-old Limousin steer, which earlier in the day had won the first prize Limousin Steer class. It later sold for £1,100 to Greg Foster, livestock agent, for an undisclosed buyer.

Cropper & Mellin’s next lots under the hammer achieved £1,060 twice for a Limousin heifer and a British Blue heifer. Philip Ireland, of Waddington, achieved £1,070 for his Limousin steer. Richard Seed, of Chipping had a pair of extremely shapely British Blue heifers which sold for £1,220 and £1,120.

Commercial type cattle were very much in demand, with Ken Hird, of Colne, having a good run of Limousin-cross heifers, which sold from £1,140, £1,100 and £1,060 twice.

The sheep yard was jammed packed full, with 1,592 animals forward. Pre-sale show judge, Richard Mawson, of Addingham, awarded first and second prize Mule hoggs with lambs at foot to Arthur Maude, of Bradley, which went onto make £225 and £220. Top price, however went to the third prize at £240 from Raymond Johnson, of Felliscliffe, Harrogate. Skipton’s John Stapleton brought a fantastic run of Texel-cross hoggs with lambs; his first prize pen later sold for £270. J.W. Stockdale & Son, of Burnsall, claimed second prize and sold for £185 while Silsden-based Simon Bennett took the third prize rosette which later sold for £225.

In the ewe section, Stuart Currie, of Rathmell, achieved the day’s overall top price of £370 with a Beltex and twins, closely followed by Michael Hall, of Airton, with Texel and twins at £350. A large crowd gathered ringside for Foulridge farmer Anthony Thompson’s dispersal sale. Spirited bidding resulted in a top price of £295 for the Beltex shearling with a single gimmer lamb.

Brain Wellock, of Eshton, donated a four crop Mule ewe with twin week-old Texel lambs to be sold in aid of Help for Heros, as his son-in-law Sam Boatright is currently undertaking his epic 2,500 mile run round the country for this charity. Gerald Beresford, Hellifeld, also donated a Texel-cross hogg with single which added another £165 to the fund. Together with a ringside bucket collection the total raised for Help for Heroes was £545.

The breeding and prime pig show was dominated by Clapham farmers Dean and Brennand who achieved £165 for a Large White in pig sow and £118 for a pair of prime pigs. Cast sows peaked at £190 from W.E. Gregson, of Wrea Green.