Townson triumphs at champions day

Ian Townson with his CCM Craven Champions Day title-winning British Blue bullock.
Ian Townson with his CCM Craven Champions Day title-winning British Blue bullock.
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Clitheroe’s Ian Townson reigned supreme on Craven Champions Day, CCM Skipton’s annual show and sale of commercial store cattle with future show potential.

A quality entry of 50 up-and-coming youngsters, many of which can be expected to go on to achieve further honours on the 2013 agricultural show circuit, sold at an overall average of £1,240 per head.

Mr Townson, of High Brake House, lifted the title with his first prize British Blue-sired bullock and male champion, an 11-month-old son of Blue Grass Cyclone – his only calf by the AI sire to date – and the third calf of a pedigree Limousin cow.

The victor sold for £1,400 to Andrew Bailey, of Eldroth in North Craven. Mr Bailey, who breeds pedigree Blonde cattle, was buying on behalf of his 11-year-old daughter Jessica, who will parade her new charge at local and regional shows, with a potential tilt at the 2013 Great Yorkshire also in mind.

Mr Townson was also responsible for the reserve male champion with his first prize Charollais-sired bullock, by another AI sire, Lower Ffrydd Benhur, again out of a pedigree Limousin cow. The eight-month-old sold for £1,200 to John Bowling, of Ashton-in Makerfield, Wigan. In addition, Mr Townson presented the second prize British Blue-sired bullock, which became a £1,300 purchase by Richard Critchley, of Claire Farm, Hutton.

The second prize winner in the young handlers’ class, a British Blue shown by Rob Walker, of J.C. Walker & Son, Brennand Farm, Dunsop Bridge, sold for £1,600, second top price in show, to Stephen Swales, of Melbourne, York.

The Walkers also presented the second prize and top price any breed British Blue heifer, sold at £1,500 to show judge John Mellin, of Hellifield, along with the third prize any other breed heifer, another British Blue, knocked down for £1,320 to Thompson Bros, of Pickering.

Further Walker family successes were the first prize Limousin-sired bullock, sold for £1,180 to the Read farming family in Horncastle, the third prize British Blue-sired bullock, knocked down at £1,360 to J.B. Eastwood, of Emley, Huddersfield, and the second prize British Blue-sired heifer, sold to Wagstaff Bros, of Sutton-on-the-Forest in Hambleton at £1,250.

The second prize any other breed heifer, a British Blonde from Saddle End Farms, Chipping, fell for £1,150 to Kirkby Malham’s Jeff Burrows.

Show sponsors were Farmers Mart magazine, Laycocks Agricultural Chemists, Skipton, Huddersfield-based agricultural agent and CCM field officer Janet Sheard, West Marton fencing contractor Bob Lancaster and the Yorkshire & North East Branch of the British Charolais Cattle Society.