Ribble Valley farmers enjoy strong trade at auction

Richard and Mark Ireland are pictured at Skiptons November prime lambs show with their reserve champion and top price pen.
Richard and Mark Ireland are pictured at Skiptons November prime lambs show with their reserve champion and top price pen.
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Butcher buyers were again in the spotlight at Skipton Auction Mart’s November prime shows.

They were out in force at the Skipton prime cattle ringside, with 12 different customers bidding for the 29 high quality under 30-month clean cattle on offer, which met with a strong trade.

Trevor Robinson is pictured right with his November prime lamb champions at Skipton, joined by show judge James Dewhurst.

Trevor Robinson is pictured right with his November prime lamb champions at Skipton, joined by show judge James Dewhurst.

In the prime lambs show, Red Rose father and son Richard and Mark Ireland, of Heys Farm, Whalley, claimed the reserve championship with their well presented second prize Continental pen of 41kg Beltex-cross lambs, which headed both the day’s gross and per kilo prices at £122, or 297p/kg. Home bred by their stock tup Shamrock Beast, the overall runners-up returned across the border when also purchased by Hamlets Butchers in Garstang.

Trevor Robinson, who farms with his brother Clive at Middle Brayshaw Farm, Tosside, was prime lamb champion with their first prize Continental-cross pen of five near pure home-bred 42kg Beltex lambs, which sold for £118 per head to Keelham Farm Shop, of Skipton and Thornton.