A son of the influential Perrinpit High Peak enabled the Sitlow
Suffolk flock of Steven and Louise Buckley, of Sitting Low Farm,
Doveholes, Buxton, Derbyshire, to continue its success in the
The Sitlow ram lamb was chosen as male and overall breed champion
at the 32nd annual show and sale held on behalf of the Northern
Counties of England Branch of the Suffolk Sheep Society at Craven
Cattle Marts’ Skipton Auction Mart. (Sat, Aug 5).
Out of a home-bred ewe by Conveth Motivator, the title winner went
on to realise 720gns when purchased by the Buckleys’ near
neighbour, Les Hadfield, of Chamber Farm, Peak Forest, who will
use his latest acquisition for commercial shearling ram breeding.
With a more favourable genotype, the RQ ram could have vied for
the top sale price. However, this honour went to the Flodden flock
of Jonathon Hayward, of East Learmouth, Cornhill-on-Tweed, Northumberland,
with a Castlewellan Lionheart son, one of the first prize pair,
selling to the Isle of Man for 1,400gns, with its partner, by Alsnow
Aristocrat, realising 450gns.
Mr Hayward was achieving further success at the high profile Skipton
Suffolk fixture, having sent out the 2005 champion ram lamb, while
the Buckleys’ Perrinpit High Peak was also responsible for
the 2004 Skipton champion, exhibited by David Calvert, of Southfield
Farm, West Marton. Perrinpit also sired a ram lamb which sold to
Southern Ireland for 9,000gns at last month’s Suffolk Society
show in Edinburgh.
Local farmer Mark Evans, of Tower Gate Farm, Steeton, presented
the best ram lamb, again a winner in the pairs class, which sold
for 460gns, while Janice Broughton, of Melton Constable, Norfolk,
in her final sale prior to her dispersal this autumn, sold to a
top price of 450gns, with a commendable average of over 350gns.
Trevor Vince’s journey from Anglesey was rewarded with the
top shearling ram prize and a sale price of 520gns, while John
Midgley, of Kirby Underdale, York, saw his second prize shearling
top the section at 580gns.
The female championship was another closely contested local derby,
with an ewe lamb from David Towell, of Lothersdale, eventually
taking the honours from Mark Evans’ shearling ewe, before
going on to land the reserve breed championship and selling for
The show was sponsored by PNL animal health firm Pharmall Agriculture,
of Killinghall, Harrogate The company’s Tom Darling, of Duns,
Berwickshire, was also an successful exhibitor, with his first
prize single ram lamb progressing to take the reserve male championship.
Shearling Ewe - 1 M L Evans, 2 T A Blair, 3 D Towell.
Ewe Lamb - 1 D Towell, 2 G & A Fort, 3 G & J Soulsby.
Ram - 1 T J Vince, 2 J T Midgley, 3 Dr B Reeves.
Single Ram Lamb
- 1 T Darling, 2 W H Clubley & Son, 3 Mrs J D Broughton.
Lamb - 1 S J Buckley, 2 G & A Fort, 3 J M Hayward.
Lambs - 1 J M Hayward, 2 L & L Peel, 3 J T Midgley.
Female Championship - D Towell, Reserve - M L Evans.
- S J Buckley, Reserve -T Darling.
Breed Championship - S J Buckley,
Reserve- D Towell.
Ewe Lambs to 440 gns (av £207), Shearling Ewes to
480gns (£281), Shearling Rams to 580gns (£446), Ram
Lambs to 1,400gns (£375).
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