Red Rose farmers successfully mounted another cross-border raid to pillage the championship spoils at Skipton Auction Mart’s November prime shows.
Father and son Richard and Mark Ireland, from Whalley, sent out the prime lamb champions, while Jimmy Baines, who farms in both Trawden and Clitheroe, was responsible for yet another prime cattle title winner. Both victors fell to Keelham Farm Shop in Thornton, Bradford.
The Irelands, who run their pedigree Texel flock at Heys Farm, were repeating their championship success at the corresponding show last year, with their victorious 2013 pen of five pure-bred Texels all by a home-bred shearling ram that became the joint top price achiever when selling for 2,000gns (£2,100) at CCM Auctions’ annual multi-breed sheep show and sale of pedigree and pure-bred rams and females last month.
Keelham Farm Shop paid the day’s top price of £118 per head, or 262.2p/kg, for the Irelands’ 45kg prime lamb champions and also had the top call of £1,602, or 271.5p/kg, for the 590kg prime cattle victor, a Simmental-cross heifer bred from a Continental cow. It was the latest of Mr Baines’ many title wins at Skipton
Jim Baines also achieved four-figure prices with two further heifer entries, a British Blue-cross at £1,084, or 223.5p/kg, and a Limousin-cross at £1,037, or 225.5p/kg.
The former fell to Halifax meat wholesalers J. and E. Medcalf and the latter to Simon Duerden, of Blacko.
With the November prime lamb champions at Skipton are, from left, exhibitors Mark and Richard Ireland, Wynnstay’s Nicola Worsley and judge Paul Watson (s).