Notts Debut Success at Skipton Pedigree Limousin Show

A first-ever visit to Skipton Auction Mart by Nottinghamshire-based Limousin cattle breeders Barry and Jill Heald and their son Matthew paid rich dividends when the family landed championship spoils at Skipton’s annual “Red Pedigree Event.” on Wednesday 9th May 2007.

The Healds, from Home Farm, Grove, Retford, saw their 20-month-old home-bred bull Coachhouse Agreeable awarded the title by show judge Stephen Wilde, of Bradfield, Sheffield, who runs the Ewden Vale herd of pedigree Limousins.

The 2007 Skipton pedigree Limousin champion takes to the winner’s podium with handler Mark Phillips, left, and show judge Stephen Wilde.
The 2007 Skipton pedigree Limousin champion takes to the winner’s podium with handler Mark Phillips, left, and show judge Stephen Wilde.

The victor is by Fedneyhouse Nelson, out of Coachhouse Sillhouette, herself a product of Haltcliffe Picasso, the Heald’s main stock bull, who won the East Midlands Limousin Breeders Best Stock Bull and Progeny 2006. Agreeable went on to sell for 2,400gns to a North Yorkshire purchaser.

For the second year running, the reserve champion was shown by husband-and-wife team, John and Claire Mason, of Oddacres Farm, Embsay. Their 15-month-old home-bred bull, Oddacres Basil” has the same parents as the Masons’ 2006 runner-up, being by the French stock bull Titan out of their own Oddacres Truffle.

John Mason with his 2007 Skipton pedigree Limousin reserve champion
John Mason with his 2007 Skipton pedigree Limousin reserve champion

Titan, standing with the Patereau herd in the Limoges region of France, is out of the renowned cow Moumoute, full sister of the famous Jacot, with the same bloodlines as many top crossing bulls, including Rossignol, Requin, Saphir and Paul.

With such impressive breeding credentials and described as a young bull with excellent future potential by the judge, it was little surprise when the reserve champion sold for the day’s top price of 3,000gns to Messrs Woof, of Leyburn.

The Spring show and sale of pedigree Limousins, part of Skipton’s current pedigree beef show season, attracted a robust 30-strong entry, including 20 bulls and 10 females, which saw a near 100% clearance rate

It was followed the same afternoon by the “Northern Limousin Extravaganza,” the inaugural show for juvenile Limousin cattle. Both shows took place on a very busy day at Skipton, with over 1,500 cattle in the mart.

Red Pedigree Sale Prices: Senior Limousin Bull to 2400gns av. £1725, Intermediate Limousin Bull to 2600gns av. £1950, Junior Limousin Bull to 3000gns av. £1881, Limousin Cow & Calf to 1480gns, Limousin Heifer & Calf to 1420gns, Limousin Maiden Heifer to 820gns

Chief Prices: AJ Mason 3000gns, 1750gns, 1600gns, JM & SM Priestley 2600gns, Messrs Heald & Co 2400gns, JA Morphet & Son 1480gns, IK & AM Grisedale 1500gns, W Orme 1350gns, T & E Priestley 1950gns, D & D Prince 1450gns, 1400gns.

First Northern Limousin Extravaganza a runaway success

The inaugural show for juvenile Limousin cattle at Craven Cattle Marts’ Skipton Auction Mart on Wednesday 9th May 2007 proved an overwhelming success and will now become an annual event.

Dubbed the “Northern Limousin Extravaganza,” the launch fixture for pedigree and commercial cattle (sired by a Limousin) saw a superb turnout of high quality cattle, with 37 pedigrees and 14 commercials entered for the show, impressing judge William Smith, of Millbrook Limousins in Ireland.

The commercial champion and overall show champion was an 11-month-old three-quarters Limousin heifer “Katherine,” brought forward by North Wales breeder Jim Hollingsworth, of Afonwen, Mold.


Bred by John Richardson and family in Penrith and bought as a calf at this year’s Penrith Spring sale, the victor was sired by Rossignol and is out of a Muirhouse Lagonda-sired dam. It proved a worthy show champion, exhibiting great conformation, style and scope, according to the judge. The title winner will be shown extensively this summer by Mr Hollingsworth.

Tomschoice Bethan
Tomschoice Bethan

The reserve show champion was Tomschoice Bethan, sired by Ronick Member, out of a Rake Terence dam. The January 2006-born heifer, was bred and shown by James Cooper, of JM & SP Cooper, who run Tomschoice Limousins at Dacre, Harrogate.

The runner-up, who had success on the northern show circuit as a calf and is again destined for a busy summer, also took the pedigree championship, narrowly ahead of Scorboro Barcelona, from JCG Bloom & Son, of Scarborough. By Loganburn Talisman, this March 2006-born bull was a clear class winner and pedigree male champion.

Reserve commercial championship went to “Johny Cool,” a steer shown by Derbyshire breeder SE Sellars.

The launch event was supported by the North East Limousin Breeders Club and the British Limousin Society, and attracted a long list of sponsors, which enabled a prize fund of £2,300 to be offered.

Reserve champion Mr Cooper, who helped organise the event, said afterwards: “The show proved to be a tremendous success and was enjoyed by all taking part. Importantly, it achieved its main aims – to encourage breeders that do not normally show to ‘have a go’ with cattle out for the first time in a safe and secure environment, also generating a huge amount of interest from potential future customers. The Northern Limousin Extravaganza will now be part of the regular show calendar.”

Northern Limousin Extravaganza Results
Show Champion and Commercial Champion – Katherine, JA Hollingsworth.
Res. Show Champion, Female Champion and Pedigree Champion – Tomschoice Bethan, JM & SP Cooper.
Res Commercial Champion – Johny Cool, PA Sellars.
Res Pedigree Champion and Male Champion – Scorboro Barcelona, JCG Bloom & Son.
Res Male Champion – Tomschoice Brigadierbob, JM & SP Cooper.
Res Female Champion, Brontemoor Bobbydazzler, SM Priestley.

Commercial Heifer
1. Katherine, JA Hollingsworth
2. G Mellin
3. Rubey, G Jackson

Commercial Steer
1. Johny Cool, SE Sellars
2. Rusty, W Orme
3. Bling Bling, JA Hollingsworth

Pedigree Heifer
Class 1A

1. Tomschoice Bethan, JM & SP Cooper
2. Kaprico Bramble, AK & C Stafford
3. Hllingreave Babe, S. Littlewood

Class 1B
1. Tomschoice Bonhomie, JM & SP Cooper
2. Kaprico Bretelle, AK & C Stafford
3. Tomschoice Bramble, JM & SP Cooper

Class 1C
1. Brontemoor Bobbydazzler. SM Priestley
2. Prietec Breezy, T & E Priestley
3. Prietec Barbaranne, T & E Priestley

Pedigree Bull
Class 2A

1. Tomschoice Brigadierbob, JM & SP Cooper
2. Hollingreave Ben, S Littlewood
3. Tomschoice Braveheart, JM & SP Cooper

Class 2B
1. Scorboro Barcelona, JCG Bloom & Son
2. Mardoneen Banker, MG Philips
3. Oddacres Bullseye, AJ Mason

Class 2C
1. Brontemoor Bosanova, SM Priestley
2. Oddacres Braveheart, AJ Mason
3. Beck Burke, WJ Hickson

Pedigree Pairs
1. JM & SP Cooper
2. AJ Mason
3. S. Littlewood

Show sponsors were: I’Ansons Feeds, Zintec, TransAg, Farmway, British Limousin Cattle Society, UK Sire Services, Filtermech Plant Services, Ripon Landrover, Ripon Select Foods Ltd, Yorkshire Agricultural Society, Showtime, HACS, North East Limousin Breeders Club, Crossroads Truck & Bus Group, Pearson Farm Supplies, Craven Cattle Marts Ltd, Tomschoice Limousins, Redcliffe Computers, Bishopton Vets, Schearing Plough, LEBC and the Yorkshire Post.