DANIEL Thackray, Prospect House Pietrains, Fewston, was supreme champion in the prime pig show classes for pens of three at CCM Skipton Auction Mart’s 16th annual Christmas fatstock highlight. (Sun, Nov 26)

Daniel, who last won the title in 2021, was again crowned champion with his first prize cutters, 94kg pure Pietrain by Warbuton Obertus 4, acquired from his Doncaster breeders, Gavin and Mandy Pawson, after standing male Pietrain champion at last year’s Great Yorkshire Show, one of multiple accolades clinched both nationally and regionally by the superbly bred boar. “I’m just starting to see his progeny now coming through,” said Daniel.

Out of home-bred sows, of which just seven remain at home, the title-winning trio fell for top call of £3.50 per kilo, or £329 per head, to judge Luke Swales for his family-run Knavesmire Butchers, York.

From the same home, the second prize same way-bred 77kg trio made 220p/kg, £169.40, when falling to regular buyer, wholesale meat specialist Stephen Taylor, W Taylor & Son Butchers, Bamber Bridge, Preston, who also paid 208p/kg, £197.60, for the third prize 95kg trio from D&A Livestock, Haverah Park, Harrogate.

Mr Taylor also snapped up the principals in the baconers show class, paying 280p/kg, £300, for the 107kg first prize winners and overall reserve champions from 2022 victors, Tom Dyas and nephew Callum Smith, who trade as W Berry in Bentley, Doncaster, then 212p/kg, £220, for the third prize 104kg trio from Ken Marston, Askwith, Otley.

D&A Livestock picked up a second third prize success with a 115kg pen knocked down at 198p/kg, £228, to the mart-based Barkers Yorkshire Butchers.

The 45 prime porkers on parade, almost double the previous year’s turnout, saw gilts regularly trade at 180-200p/kg, heavier 100kg-plus pigs making190-210p/kg, the heaviest at 132kgs180-188p/kg, producing an overall selling average of £224 per head, 212.6p/kg.