Bold, hardy Swaledale rams from the hills of the Yorkshire Dales
and further afield took their turn in the show ring at the annual
evening show and sale at Craven Cattle Marts’ Skipton Auction
Mart. (Mon, Oct 9)
David Hargreaves with his Skipton Swaledale ram champion.
A two-shear ram from David Hargreaves, of The Croft, Airton, was
the cream of the crop, being awarded the Robert Young Perpetual
Challenge Trophy as champion and the Stephen HK Butcher Trophy
as class winner.
By a West Stonesdale tup out of an ewe from John Bradley, of Litton,
the title winner, whose father was shared as a ram by David and
fellow Dales farmer Matt Mason, of Appletreewick, sold for 500
guineas to show judge George Wainwright, of Bamford in Derbyshire.
Mr Wainwright also bought the first prize shearling and reserve
champion for the sale-topping price of 1,000 guineas. It was exhibited
by Roy Nelson, of C Nelson & Sons, Bordley, who was awarded
the M&K Spensley Trophy.
The second prize aged ram from Debbie Robinson, of Litton, made
600 guineas when bought by Brian Woodsworth, of Bolton Abbey, with
the fourth in class from JW Stockdale & Sons, of Burnsall,
purchased for 550 guineas by Dennis Gott, of Cowling. Anthony Hall,
of Greenhow, also sold a ram for 450 guineas to MIR Heseltine,
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