Livestock farmers get a new outlet

The new Keelham Farm Shop at Skipton
The new Keelham Farm Shop at Skipton

A new farm shop is providing fresh opportunities for livestock farmers and and retail butchers from across the region.

Vendors and buyers are being invited by Craven Cattle Marts (CCM) to attend the weekly Monday sale of prime cattle at their auction mart premises in Skipton, North Yorkshire, following the opening of the new Keelham Farm Shop, just off the A59.

Keelham is looking to source 25 cattle a week from local farms for both its new Skipton shop and its established outlet at Thornton, Bradford.

Stanforths Butchers, already well established at the mart site, also requires cattle each week for careful maturation and sale both through their Skipton shop and into the local restaurant trade.

Craven Cattle Marts general manager Jeremy Eaton said: “With store cattle costs at a premium because of the relative national scarcity, making the most of high quality prime cattle is very important.

“Looking at the Keelham model and consumer demand for a product connected to the region – and in some cases to specific farms – the opportunity exists at retail level to bring the farm or farmer to the shop to assist in conveying this message.”

Skipton’s weekly prime cattle sale is held every Monday immediately after the cast cattle sale and is operated as a ‘green market.’

Mr Eaton added: “Because cattle finishers in the locality are rare, in the past particular focus has been given to the monthly primestock shows, which are well supported. However, the demand exists for cattle every week and an invitation is extended to all cattle finishers and retail butchers.”

Anyone requiring further information can contact Mr Eaton at the auction mart office on 01756 792375.

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The new Keelham Farm Shop in Skipton, which adjoins the auction mart site.