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F&M Outbreak Mars Annual Skipton Suffolks Highlight

There was a premature end to the 33rd Northern Counties of England Branch of the Suffolk Sheep Society’s annual highlight at Skipton Auction Mart.

Show judge Ian Park ponders his choice of potential Skipton Suffolk male championship contenders.

Show judge Ian Park ponders his choice of potential Skipton Suffolk male championship contenders.

While the high profile show of pedigree sheep went ahead as planned on Friday, August 3, the sale scheduled for the following day was cancelled when the mart called in a ministry-appointed vet to seek guidance as the national ban on the movement of livestock took immediate effect.

Unaware of the imminent upheaval, Suffolk enthusiasts from across the north and midlands, also joined by exhibitors from Scotland, East Anglia and Wales, lined up for the annual show, with 112 pedigree sheep forward.

The outcome resulted in back-to-back championship successes for the Sitlow Suffolk flock of Steven and Louise Buckley, of Sitting Low Farm, Doveholes, Buxton, Derbyshire, with a January-born ram lamb, which, like their 2006 Skipton ram lamb champion, was sired by the all-conquering Perrinpit High Peak.

Perrinpit’s progeny have taken the Suffolk show world by storm in recent years, one of his more recent offspring landing the male championship at this year’s Great Yorkshire Show.

The Buckleys’ 2007 Skipton title winner, making his debut in the show ring and earlier chosen as male champion, is among the highly influential sire’s sixth crop of lambs, being one of a set of triplets out of a home-bred ewe by Strathisla Sinatra.

The same breeding lines were also responsible for the Buckleys’ reserve champion male, one of the couple’s first prize-winning pair or ram lambs.

Overall reserve champion was the first prize January-born ewe lamb and champion female from mother-and-daughter breeders Glynis and Jane Soulsby’s Cumbrian-based Williamsgill flock at Temple Sowerby, Penrith.

They, too, are no strangers to success at the Skipton fixture, having won the reserve championship with a ram lamb in 2005. This year’s runner-up, by Davidhill Dead Cert, purchased by the Soulsbys at Edinburgh last year, is out of a Crosemanor Commandeur-sired dam, and was another youngster making its first appearance in the exhibition arena.

The reserve champion female, a January, 2006, single shearling ewe, by Flodden Fernando out of a Cairness Compatriot-sired dam, was exhibited by Alan Blair, of Thornton Cleveleys, Lancashire. The show was sponsored Pharmall Agricultural, of Killinghall, Harrogate.

Show judge Ian Park, of Great Whittington, Hexham, said: “The champion had a tremendous carcass, with a tight skin and solid flesh, handled well and showed extra sparkle and style when walking about. It really stood out and represented what every commercial producer should be looking to breed. The female champion was a very nice, breedy-looking type and will make a very good gimmer.”

Northern Counties Suffolk Sheep Society chairman Richard Bulmer, of Great Habton, Malton, said: “While numbers were slightly down, the quality of sheep on show remained good and I feel the breed is coming back much stronger this year, with back ends improving and less bone. They have the weight and the Suffolk remains the best crossing ram for early lambs.”

Following the cancellation of the sale, Mr Bulmer commented: “We are disappointed all round as there was a great deal of interest and everyone was looking forward to a decent sale.”

Prize Awards:
Shearling Ewe – 1 TA Blair, Thornton Cleveleys, 2 G&J Soulsby, Penrith, 3 C&K Milburn, Malton.
Ewe Lamb - 1 G&J Soulsby, 2 RK Denby, Carlisle, 3 HA Sawrey & Son, Ulverston.
Shearling Ram – 1 JM Hayward, Cornhill-on-Tweed, 2 G&J Soulsby, 3 RK Denby.
Single Ram Lamb - 1 SJ Buckley, Buxton, 2 RK Denby, 3 A Glaves, Scarborough.
Untrimmed Ram Lamb - 1 SJ Buckley, 2 HA Sawrey & Son, 3 JM Hayward.
Pair of Ram Lambs – 1 SJ Buckley, 2 RK Denby, 3 JM Hayward.

link Beltex Sheep National Progeny Show 2007
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link Catons Clinch Skipton Prime Lambs Championship

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