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Foxes Outfox Mules Competition to Land Skipton Double

It was a case of many happy returns for Lancashire sheep farmer Peter Fox when he landed back-to-back championship successes with a ten-strong pen of mules at the annual prize show and sale of 3,852 shearling gimmers at Craven Cattle Marts' Skipton Auction Mart. (Tues, Aug 22)

Peter Fox receives the Skipton mule shearlings trophy from Olwen Hazell, of the Farmers Guardian.

Peter Fox receives the Skipton mule shearlings trophy from Olwen Hazell, of the Farmers Guardian.

Champion in 2005, Peter, who farms with his father Vince at New Lane Cottage, Withgill, Clitheroe, repeated his success at this year’s renewal, once again receiving the Edgar Boothman Memorial Trophy for his title-winning mules.

On a day when good sheep met with nice trade, the mule champions sold for £100 per head to David Booth, of Feizor, near Settle, who is chairman of the Skipton branch of the North of England Mule Sheep Association (NEMSA).

The Foxes also had the second prize pen of mules, which made £96 each, with the third prize pen from John Greenhalgh, of Bashall Eaves, Clitheroe, selling at £104 per head. Top price in class at £105 each was achieved by Cameron Walton, of Hellifield.

First prize in the class for Masham shearlings went to first-time Skipton exhibitor Colin Eastwood, of Bentham, whose total holding of the breed numbered just 12, all bought as hoggs at Skipton last year.

Colin, who admitted to being very pleasantly surprised by his debut success, later saw his charges sell for £83 each to John Bradley, of Lothersdale, just £1 a head less than the top price in class from David Pilkington, of Rimmington.

Top price of the entire day fell to a pen of ten pure-bred Texels from South Yorkshire exhibitor John North, of Fenwick Grange, Fenwick, Doncaster. John, a familiar face in the Texel world and regular exhibitor at the big breed sales at Skipton in the Autumn, saw his gimmer shearlings clinch first prize in the Continentals class and then sell for £110 a head to Stephen Greensit, of West Tanfield, Ripon.

First prize winners in the Texel-cross class were Richard and Mark Ireland, of Whalley, their charges selling at £85 a head to T&C Robinson, from Tosside.

The show was sponsored by the Farmers Guardian. Judges were Simon Spensley, of Gargrave, and Brian Dodd, of Clitheroe.


Mule Shearling Gimmers - 1 & 2 JV Fox, Clitheroe, 3 J&E Greenhalgh, Bashall Eaves.

Masham Shearling Gimmers – 1 CR Eastwood, Bentham, 2 & 3 Bill Pinder, Newton-in-Bowland

Pure-bred Texels – 1 JL North, Fenwick Grange, 2 Bernard and Anne Myers & Daughters, Winksley

Texel-cross – 1 & 2 M&R Ireland, Whalley, 3 Thomas Charnley, Laneshawbridge.

Mules to £105 av £83.08 (2005 av £83.00), Mashams to £84 av £75.27 (£86.21), Texels to £110 av £67.61 ((£89.81), Suffolk-cross to £70.00 av £68.25, Cheviots to £75.00 av £69.00.

link Big day at Skipton Auction Mart
link Lazonby Sheep Dog Sale
link Good Trade For Quality Beltex Sheep at Carlisle

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