A tremendous turnout of over 4,000 sheep ensured that post foot
and mouth trading resumed on a high note at Skipton Auction Mart
on Monday (Sept 10).
Taking charge of the Masham wether champions are, from left,
Masham Sheepbreeders Association chairman David Wilson, exhibitor
David Verity, sponsors John and Les Thackray, and judge and buyer
Prize shows for prime lambs and Masham wether lambs both attracted
numbers and quality, providing much food for thought for judge
Ian Weatherhead, of H Weatherhead & Sons Butchers, of Pateley
He awarded the prime lambs championship to local husband and
wife exhibitors Richard and Patsy Hodgson, of Skipton. The couple’s
five-strong pen of Beltex-cross-Texel lambs sold for £68.50
a head (176p per kilo) to James and Victoria Robertshaw, of Keelham
Hall Farm Shop at Thornton, Bradford.
Keelham Hall regularly purchases Skipton prime lamb and beef
champions. “We believe very strongly in selling top quality
local produce and always try to source the very best meat products
available in the area for our customers,” explained Victoria.
The Masham wether lambs show title went to Nidderdale exhibitors
W&R Verity, of Grange Farm, Bouthwaite, Ramsgill, their pen
of five selling for £77 per head (164p per kilo) to judge
The show, sponsored to the tune of £200 by regular Skipton
buyer Les Thackray, of Mickley, Ripon, was held in association
with Masham Sheepbreeders Association and was the first of their
fixtures transferred to Skipton following last year’s closure
of Masham Auction Mart.
Association chairman David Wilson said he was pleased with the
entry. “Quality lambs are now coming through and selling
well and we are now looking forward to the big shows and sales
for both Masham lambs and shearlings this back end, including
the annual gimmer lambs fixture at Skipton on Tuesday, October
9,” he said.
The opening day saw 4,377 head of livestock pass through the
sales rings at Skipton, also including 85 prime cattle, 34 dairy
cattle and 259 calves. “We certainly resumed with a flourish,
with good, solid trade the order of the day,” said general
manager Jeremy Eaton.
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