A decade of the best pigs

Raymond Branford of Kellington, pictured with son Mark, had best pen of pigs for the 10th year running at Selby Mart's pre-Christmas fatstock sale.

His champion four fetched 208 a head (2.05/kg) from butchers and wholesalers W Nixon & Sons of Cheadle, Manchester.

Top animal at the York Christmas Show was a homebred pure Limousin heifer from Wilton Lodge Farms of Bishop Wilton, founded by John Earnshaw, who passed away two months ago, leaving his daughter and son-in-law to carry on the business. The heifer was bought by J Penny & Sons of Rawdon for 1765 (290p/kg). Supreme champion in sheep was Steven Bristow, with a pen of Beltex-cross lambs.

At the Northern Area Texel Breeders' winter show and sale of females at Skipton last Saturday, Mark and Helen Keighley of Leathley clinched the supreme championship for the fifth time in six years.

CW 11/12/10