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Walker family dominates Skipton store cattle show and sale

Jeff Walker and his sons, John and Rob, from Dunsop Bridge had the champion and the top price at Skipton’s opening show and sale of store cattle with show potential.

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Their champion, Black Magic, was a 10-month-old son of their British Blue stock bull, Cromwell Fendt out of a Blue-cross cow. It sold for a sale topping £2,700 to Michael Wynne, Matlock, Derbyshire.


Mr Wynne also paid £1,850 for Domino, an eight-month-old British Blue-cross heifer from Sheila Mason, Clapham.


The Walker family was also responsible for the first prize un-haltered bullock and reserve male champion, Chunky Monkey, a dark blue and white 10-month-old, also by Cromwell Fendt. It joined Matt Keel, Thirsk, for £1,500.

 

Hot Chocolate


They also had the reserve champion female, Hot Chocolate, by the British Blue bull, Brennand Handy which sold for £1,800 to the Shorrock family, Cliviger, Burnley.


The Walkers second prize winning unhaltered British Blue heifer sold for £1,550 to Donald and Christine Marston, Kirkby Stephen, who also paid £2,600 for another Walker prize winner.


Another from the Walkers sold for £2,000 to judge, Robin Williamson, Bishop Auckland. Their run of seven cattle averaged £1,915.


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Reserve supreme

Reserve supreme

The reserve supreme champion, the first-prize unhaltered heifer and female champion, a dark red Limousin from Jonathan and Adam Townley, Clapham which sold for £1,550 to the Jowett family, Queensbury.


The Townleys also sold the winning Limousin-sired heifer for £1,400 to I.K. and A.M. Grisedale, Crooklands, Kendal.

 

Hip Hop


John Mellin and Clare Cropper, Long Preston, won the British Blue-sired heifer class, with March 2015-born Hip Hop which sold for £1,300 to Mr Wynne.


Outside the show, commercial cattle were good to sell, with some of the shorter keep entries showing a rise on the fortnight, while cattle rising a year old were keenly contested. The average price for the 469 bullocks and heifers sold was £1,014.22 per head.

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