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Stackyard News Sep 06

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Liddles lead the way at Masham

A much improved trade on the previous year for better quality sheep was seen at the annual show and sale of 558 Masham shearling gimmers at Craven Cattle Marts’ Masham Farmers Auction Mart. (Thursday, Sept 7)

Champion pen of Masham gimmer shearlings.
Champion pen of Masham gimmer shearlings

The popular fixture again included a prize show of Masham gimmer shearlings on behalf of the Masham Sheep Breeders Association, with Keith Liddle, of JB Liddle & Son, Stainburn, near Otley, runner-up in 2005, going one better this year when exhibiting the champion ten-strong pen.

They sold for £152 per head to CA Potter, of Pocklington, York, who also purchased the 2005 champions at £95 each. The first four pens in class this year all achieved three figure prices.

The mule shearlings section was headed by JD & E Clarkson, of East Witton, with the first prize winners making £94 apiece when sold to GA Verity, of Masham.

Masham Farmers Auction Mart general manager said: “It was good to see that enquiries we received at various trade events concerning the Masham sheep breed were converted into a number of new purchasers at the ringside.”

Results and prices:

Mashams – 1 JB Liddle & Sons, Stainburn, £152 to CA Potter, Pocklington, 2&3 WD Douthwaite & Partners, Kirkby Overblow, £100 to S Maskill, Halifax, 4 S Liddle & Sons, Beckwithshaw, £101 to S Tyrell, Pickering.

Mules – 1 JD & E Clarkson, East Witton, £94 to GA Verity, 2. M Smithson, Hustwaite, £80 to P Donaldson, Catterick, 3 B & M Watkinson, Sessay, £88 to R Grainger, Bedale.

Masham Shearling Gimmers to £152 (av £90.22), Mule Shearling Gimmers to £94 (av £76.40),
Texel Shearling Gimmers to £95

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