Around the ring: Championships fall as seasonal trade warms up

Mark Rangeley, left, with his Skipton Christmas poultry show champions, joined by judge Geoff Marston.
Mark Rangeley, left, with his Skipton Christmas poultry show champions, joined by judge Geoff Marston.
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KIRKLEES poultry breeder Mark Rangeley ruled the roost with a pair of Black Orpingtons at the Craven Feather Auction Christmas show and sale at Skipton Auction Mart.

Mr Rangeley, from Slaithwaite near Huddersfield, hatched the title-winning cockerel and point-of-lay pullet in May this year. His victors, which won the large fowl show class, sold for £40.

The first prize small fowl and reserve champions, was a pair of 2015 White Wyandottes from Derbyshire breeder David Pownall.

Meanwhile, victory in the 23nd annual Northern Area Texel Sheep Breeders Association’s winter show and sale of pedigree in-lamb females went to the first prize shearling ewe from Spiros Spyrou’s pedigree flock in Hebden Bridge, and sold for 1,300gns to RN Kirby & Son, Northallerton.

The Northern Beltex Society’s winter show and sale of pedigree in-lamb ewes brought overall winners for the Rathbone pedigree flock of North Craven’s, Michael and Becky Davis, of Ravenshaw Farm, Eldroth.

Their title winner was the first prize March-born ewe lamb, Rathbone Anushka, by Holmebeck Tonto, which sold for 1,300gns to AJ Wood & Sons of Preston.

Robin Jennings, who runs a pedigree Holstein dairy herd at Hill House Farm, South Stainley, was champion in the final Craven Dairy Auction show and sale at Skipton with newly calven heifer, Stainbank Allison 22, which sold for £1,620 to show judge Wick Williams.

At Wharfedale Farmers Auction Mart in Otley, the Christmas show and sale of prime pigs saw the championship fall to a pair of pietrain porkers shown by Stephen Pepper of Oxenhope. They sold for £185.15 per head to judge Keith Hardcastle on behalf of the Millstones Restaurant, Felliscliffe.