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Sheep Flock Back in Force at Skipton
11/09/07

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 Ian Weatherhead.

Masham wether champions

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 Bridge.

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 Ian Weatherhead.

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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