A mart record price was set when the champions at the annual
seasonal show and sale of gimmer hoggs with lambs at foot at
Skipton Auction Mart (Mon, Apr 30) sold for an exceptional £420
The record price hoggs and lambs champions go under the hammer
in the Skipton ring.The title winners, a five-strong pen of Mule hoggs with single
lambs from local farmer Arthur Maude, of College Farm, Bradley
- the ewes were all bought at Skipton last year – set the
ringside alight when knocked down to co-show judge Les Thackray
to achieve a new price record.
It was a special occasion for Mr Thackray, of Clayton Farm, Mickley,
Ripon. He is one of the biggest single buyers of sheep at Skipton
and had that same day presented two perpetual trophies to be
awarded annually for the Mule hoggs with lambs classes at the
In handing them over for the first time to the victor, Mr Thackray,
whose E Thackray & Sons’ business trades sheep throughout
the country, commented: “I think men who farm hoggs do
a tremendous job to get them looking as they are and I have donated
these trophies to be presented annually at Skipton to recognise
With 1,040 ewes and lambs forward, it was as big a show of its
kind as has been seen at Skipton in many a year.
The Mules class was again sponsored by NEMSA - the North of England
Mule Sheep Association. Mr Thackray and fellow judge Sam Hudson,
of Ashbourne, Derbyshire, awarded second and third prizes to
father-and-son farmers Raymond and Robert Johnson, of Summerfield
Farm, Felliscliffe, Harrogate, who had sent out the champions
in both 2005 and 2006.
Mr Thackray also bought the runners-up for £135 per head,
while the third in class pen went to C Wilson, of Grange-over-Sands
for £130 apiece.
Second best price of the day was achieved by the 2006 top price
man, Cumbrian vendor Thomas Whiteford, of Brampton, Carlisle,
whose 2007 pen of five shearlings with twins sold locally for £200
each to Stephen Breare, of Silsden.
The Continentals class was won by a pen of Texel-cross hoggs
with single lambs from Skipton-based John Stapleton, purchased
for £150 apiece by Cheshire buyer David Jackson. The second
prize pen from Michael Dugdale, of Giggleswick, also made £150,
but it was the third prize pen from the same exhibitor that topped
the class at £153 a head when sold to AW Hewitt, of Preston.
The show was sponsored by agricultural feed merchants I’Ansons,
of Masham, represented by Mark Nicholson and Ben Norris, who
were delighted to report that the champion exhibitor this year
is one of their customers.
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