Janet judges at Skipton – and bags a brace of cattle herself - Ludwig shines on 2016 regional show circuit

Janet Sheard acted as show judge at Skipton Auction Mart’s annual 2016 Autumn pedigree event for multi-breed beef breeding cattle and was later in action at the ringside when buying two first-rate Limousin cattle to supplement her ever-improving Low Common Farm pedigree herd.


Janet went to 3,600gns to acquire Millerscotenook Ivy from the Miller family’s Millerscotenook Limousin herd in Water, Rossendale. The 2013 Carmorn Dauphin daughter was sold with her Wilodge Goldcard heifer calf at foot and also carrying a service to the renowned sire, Galileo.


Janet, who also acts as a fieldsperson for Craven Cattle Marts, then paid 2,800gns for another outfit from the Miller family, their 2012-born female, Millerscotenook Helen, by Fieldson Alfy, sold with her bull calf at foot.


Meanwhile, Janet reports that her Oddacres Ludwig, a 4,000gns buy at the annual Weaned Calf Sale at Carlisle in December last year, has had a great summer on the regional show circuit, winning multiple prizes, listed below:


  • Otley Show – 3rd prize pedigree bull
  • Honley Show – 1st prize pedigree bull and 1st prize butchers’ bull
  • Arthington Show – 1st prize pedigree bull
  • Great Yorkshire Show – 2nd prize pedigree bull
  • Bingley Show – 1st prize Limousin bull and CHAMPION BULL
  • Emley Show – 1st prize bull any age
  • Gargrave Show – 3rd prize pedigree bull
  • Malham Show – 2nd prize pedigree bull
  • Keighley Show – 1st prize pedigree class and OVERALL RESERVE CHAMPION
  • Nidderdale Show – 1st prize pedigree class and best opposite sex in Limousin class


The youngster was bred by the renowned Oddacres Limousin herd of John and Claire Mason at Embsay, just outside Skipton, and is by their French-bred junior stock bull, Gallois,


Now 18-months-old, Ludwig is already showing great promise and is expected to make ‘sweet music’ when it comes to his performance on the Low Common herd!


Janet is pictured with her chosen Skipton show champion, a Limousin bull from Chris and Caroline Prince’s Toftgate herd in Greenhow.

New 4,000gns acquisition a major boost for Low Common herd

Janet Sheard reports that she is over the moon with her very latest Limousin acquisition, the 4,000gns Oddacres Ludwig, purchased at the annual Weaned Calf Sale at Carlisle on December 11th.

The March-born bull calf was bred by the renowned Oddacres Limousin herd of John and Claire Mason at Embsay, just outside Skipton, whom Janet knows well through her connections with Skipton Auction Mart.

Ludwig is by the Masons’ junior stock bull, Gallois, a French-bred bull who was imported at eight-months-old, having been purchased from legendary breeder Cathy Patureau.  The sire’s back pedigree features both the noted bulls, Jacot and Sauvignon.

The Masons said: “A huge thank you to Janet for purchasing this bull calf at Carlisle. We hope he does well for her.”

Ludwig will be further nurtured and tended with great care and attention by Janet and should eventually prove a valuable addition to her Low Common Farm pediigree herd.

Janet noted: “Love the calf - watch this space!”

Picture courtesy of Wayne Hutchinson www.farm-images.co.uk

Janet among prizes at Skipton Christmas prime show

Janet Sheard was again in prize-winning form at the high-profile 2014 Christmas prime cattle show and sale at Skipton Auction Mart. She was responsible for third prize winner in the young handlers class, a home-bred 580kg British Blue-cross paraded in the show ring by Fiona Jowett. “She did all the work – I just bred it!” said Janet. It sold for £1,566 to Woolley Bros Wholesale Butchers in Sheffield. The annual showcase saw leading independent retail butchers and meat wholesalers again compete for the cream of the region’s prime cattle, all of which will be fully matured before finding their way to this year’s Christmas tables.

Janet's cull cow champ

Janet began 2014 in fine style when presenting the cull cow champion at the opening primestock show at Skipton Auction Mart in January. Her Blonde-cross heifer, acquired at Skipton in 2002 and who has since produced some ten calves, achieved the day’s leading per head price of £1,055.

Champion progeny for Low Common

Making his first foray of the year into the prime show arena at Skipton Auction Mart, Calderdale beef and sheep farmer Brian Lund made the best start possible in bidding to retain his Craven Cattle Marts 2012 Farmer of the Year title when sending out the beef champion at February’s monthly show.

Mr Lund, who farms 350 acres of hill land at Walshaw Farm, Hebden Bridge, secured the latest in a long line of title wins at Skipton with his first prize home-bred Limousin-cross heifer, by a stock bull acquired from neighbouring Kirklees breeder and CCM West Yorkshire field officer Janet Sheard, of Low Common Farm, Almondbury, Huddersfield.

 Known at home as Bo, Mr Lund said the bull had produced some “marvellous” heifers, including another past Skipton champion. Out of a British Blue cow, the 535kg victor also achieved the day’s leading price of £1,356, or 253.5p/kg, when joining regular butcher buyer Richard Binns for his shop in Bingley Road, Saltaire.


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