The culmination of the Farmers Guardian-sponsored two-day Christmas Primestock show and sale at Bakewell was the champion beast, making 450p/kg (£2,664), and the reserve, which made 445p/kg (£3,079).
Judged on Sunday (December 6) by Alex Nield, the champion was a 592kg, home-bred red Limousin heifer from south Derbyshire’s Andrew Dickinson and Lisa Powdrill. It sold on Monday (December 7), to Lee Machin, Wellcroft Farm Meats, Grindon, Leek.
Reserve champion and best opposite sex to the champion was a Limousin bullock weighing 692kg and shown by Keith Hodgson, Boston.
The bullock was bred by Steven Jones, Idridgehay, and bought in January’s High Peak suckled calf sale. It made 445p/kg to gross a record £3079.40 to Messrs Simmonds, trading as butchers Stone and Edwards, Burton-on-Trent.
The High Peak Livestock Society’s cup for animals within its area went to 15-year-old Matthew Clark, Ringinglow, with a home-bred pure Limousin heifer from his family’s Mayfield herd. He also won a new young handler class, which drew seven exhibitors.
The bull class, judged on Monday morning, was won by Mark Hambleton, Alstonefield, with a pure Blue bull weighing 608kg, which sold at 246p/kg (£1,495) to Cheshire Halal, Stockport. Show cattle averaged 245.8p/kg.
Other leading prices in the cattle section included £1,834 for a 622kg steer from Messrs Beardsley, bought by Wellcroft Farm Meats, and £1,819 for a 674kg heifer from M. Wynne, Midhopestones, Sheffield, bought by Owen Taylor, Alfreton.
The Christmas prime lamb show saw 620 in front of judge Richard Taylor, Leabrooks.
The championship went to David Saxby, Litton, with a pen of five home-bred Texel cross lambs weighing 47.4kg and which Mr Taylor bought for Owen Taylor Butchers at 485p/kg to gross £229.89 each.
The champion beast in Melton and Belvoir Agricultural Society’s Farmers Guardian-supported Christmas show came from T.A. Lyon, Thurlby.
Weighing 628kg it made 450p/kg and grossed £2,822.86 to Alfreton butchers, Owen Taylor and Sons, who also bought the reserve champion at 380p/kg (£2,599.58) from C. and G. Davies, Gaddesby. This one weighed 685kg.
The lamb classes were topped by a 58kg pen from J.F. Burbidge and Sons, Collyweston, Stamford, which made 345p/kg to M. Najib and Sons, Derby. T.P. Scott and Son, Uppingham, took reserve with 47kg lambs at 258p/kg to P.W. Kidd.
The same buyer took the champion and reserve champion pigs from W.D. Copley, Saltby, at £260 and £200 a head, respectively.