Yorkshire farmers and butchers made their presence felt at last weekend’s English Winter Fair livestock showcase, Stafford, with several titles and championship animals being taken back to the county.
Northallerton butcher Anthony Kitson made a surprise return to the ringside buying the EWF’s Supreme Cattle Champion – a Limousin X heifer called Eye Catcher exhibited by G& E Jones of Anglesey – paying £4400. Mr Kitson bought the EWF’s 2012 Supreme Champion and expects to sell this year’s follower through his shop in Northallerton.
Staying in the cattle classes Matthew and Clare Keel of Griffin Farm, York Road, Thirsk, dominated the British Blue cross-bred steer classes taking Champion and Reserve, respectively.
In the live pig classes Mark Horsley of Skirpenbeck near York continued his fledgling show career returning the EWF for a second year and taking the Champion’s title for the single pig class for his Pietrain-sired entry.
But Mr Horsley was also victorious in the Pig Carcase classes gaining Champion Pig Carcase under the scrutiny of judge and QGuild butcher Robert Jones of Birmingham-based Walter Smith Fine Foods (image attached). It later sold for £273 to Derbys-based butcher David Prince.
In the individual breed classes other county farmers made their mark at the strongly supported winter livestock showcase. Kepwick, Thirsk-based show partnership Mudd & Bentley took the overall Crossbred Steer class with a Limousin X named Dipstick.
Show chairman Ray Nield commented: “Once again producers from the county have demonstrated why Yorkshire farmers have a well-deserved reputation as top stockmen and women. They’ve faced stiff competition with 300 prime cattle forward and 150 pens of lambs entered.”