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Barkers Yorkshire Butchers coup at Skipton Auction Mart Christmas prime pigs show

Simon Barker, of Barkers Yorkshire Butchers, first judged, then snapped up all three of his chosen prize-winning pens at Skipton Auction Mart’s 2020 Christmas prime pigs show and sale.

He paid top call of £208 each for the supreme champions, a trio of pure home-bred gilts from Daniel Thackray, of Prospect House Pietrains in Fewston, followed by the reserve champions, a trio of home-bred Landrace-cross from D&A Livestock, of Haverah Park, then the third prize pen from the same home.

Simon, who continues to run his wholesale and catering supply business at the fully EC-registered meat production unit at Skipton Auction Mart, purchased the supreme champions on behalf of one of his regular customers, award-winning Kendall’s Farm Butchers, who will prepare the prize-winning pork purposely for the festive trade at their two shops in High Street, Pateley Bridge, and Skipton Road, Harrogate.

Two of the reserve champion pen have been reserved for the Christmas trade at Mackenzies Farm Shop in Hardisty Hill, Blubberhouses, while the others will go to other regular Barkers Yorkshire Butchers customers, who comprise regional retail butchers, farm shops and the hospitality sector.

The business is becoming increasingly renowned for supplying top quality porkers, which all come from Yorkshire, also producing its own gammon, bacon and sausages in-house.

Pictured are Daniel Thackray, left, with his latest Skipton Christmas prime pig champions, joined by show judge and buyer, Simon Barker, of Barkers Yorkshire Butchers.

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