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Another CCM Christmas Primestock Cracker in Prospect

Skipton Auction Mart is again looking forward with great anticipation to the climax of its primestock year, the annual Christmas shows and sales, on Sunday, November 26.

Entries for the 2017 highlight have now closed and the mart reports that there is once again extensive interest across all livestock classes from the cream of the region’s cattle and sheep farmers, who prepare their charges purposely for the high profile festive showcase.

Skipton’s 2016 Christmas primestock show

Skipton’s 2016 Christmas primestock show
pic: Adrian Legge Photography

Major prize winners, notably supreme champions, normally command heady prices from both family-run traditional retail butchers and meat wholesalers, who compete head to head at the ringside to secure some of the best meat that money can buy for their customers’ Christmas tables.

There are 16 butchers’ prime cattle classes this year, three more than in 2016, with the increase seen in the haltered classes, specially designed to encourage farmers to bring forward more lightweight animals, which continue to have enhanced appeal to retail butchers.

These are supplemented by four classes for pen-judged un-haltered steers and heifers, which cater for the many commercial beef producers who support Skipton’s weekly prime cattle sales, but don’t have time to halter train animals.

There are again ten butchers’ lambs show classes for pens of three covering all the popular sheep breeds.

Male and female champions will again be chosen in the cattle classes and both lowland and hill champions in the sheep classes. From these, overall supreme champions will emerge in each section – and it is these that can normally be expected to achieve the day’s top prices. Many other special prizes for both regular vendors and buyers are also up for grabs in both sections.

Gaining in popularity year on year is the annual standalone lamb carcase competition, again featuring five by-weight classes, from which a supreme champion will be chosen. Cash prizes from several sheep breed societies will also be awarded.

All entries will then go under the hammer, presenting a ready-made opportunity for the region’s butchers, hotels, restaurants and pubs to purchase award-winning carcases for display, promotion and sale in the run up to Christmas.

Prime porkers are also on the menu, with a single show class for pens of three.

As in past years, the day, which is styled on London’s famous former Smithfield Christmas Fatstock Show, will feature a strong charity element, with new classes added for the latest renewal.

Retail butchers, farm shops and bakers who make products on their own premises are again well catered for, with show classes for professional traditional pork pies, speciality cold eating pies, sausage rolls and Scotch eggs, supplemented by a brand-new competition class for amateur pork pie makers, giving pie aficionados from all walks of life a chance to excel.

There are again show classes for other home-made produce, with a further seven new classes added this year, including four for children for the first time.

The annual show and sale of fodder hay features three classes for old meadow hay and seed hay bales, along with haylage.

Christmas charity section entries will be auctioned off towards the end of the afternoon, again in aid of the mart’s two main beneficiaries, Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice in Oxenhope, and national farming charity, the Addington Fund, for whom generous bidders have raised many thousands of pounds over the years.

The prestigious event - it is again being supported by multiple sponsors - usually attracts a four-figure attendance and also provides a worthwhile opportunity for butchers and wholesalers to meet and network with farmer producers in person.

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