Walkers reign supreme at Skipton

The 2011 Craven Champions Day supreme title winner with, from left, exhibitor Rob Walker and judge Matthew Keel.
The 2011 Craven Champions Day supreme title winner with, from left, exhibitor Rob Walker and judge Matthew Keel.

The Red Rose farming family of J. C. Walker & Son, of Brennand Farm, Dunsop Bridge, secured a supreme and reserve championship double, plus top price honours, on Craven Champions Day - the annual show and sale of commercial store cattle with future show potential at Skipton Auction Mart.

The Walkers, reserve champions at the corresponding fixture last year, stepped up to secure the title for the fourth time with a 12-month-old British Blue-cross heifer, which had earlier won the young handler class in the hands of 16-year-old Rob Walker.

The home-bred daughter of the Walkers’ stock bull, Brennand Viper, out of a Charolais cow, sold for £1,150 to Steven Swales, of Melbourne, York.

Show judge was North Yorkshire farmer, 23-year-old Matthew Keel, of Griffin Farm, Thirsk, who exhibited the reserve beef champion at the 2010 English Winter Fair in Birmingham. He described his chosen champion as “a good, clean, thick heifer ideal for the showing world.”

A 10-month-old Limousin-sired heifer, out of a British Blue, shown by Steven Walker, was overall victor in the halter-led classes, before going on to land the reserve championship, selling at £1,020 to Phillip Summers, of Clayton, Bradford, who was buying the runner-up for the second year in succession.

The Walkers’ first prize Limousin-sired steer secured top price in show at £1,200 when joining another buyer from Clayton, Michael Priestley.

With 521 head of cattle forward on the day, store bullocks averaged £685.32, store heifers £643.58 and young bulls £697.99.

Show sponsors were the British Charolais Cattle Society, Laycocks Agricultural Chemists, Skipton, Ian Mosey Feeds, York, Timberworks Fencing Supplies, Settle, Robertshaw Myers Financial Solutions, Skipton, and Huddersfield-based agricultural agent Janet Sheard.