There was a hive of activity on one of the busiest sheep sales
days of the year at Skipton Auction Mart, when 1,145 lots passed
through multiple sales rings at the annual multi-breeds show and
sale of pedigree and pure-bred rams and females, supplemented by
the 116th annual show of Wensleydale
Longwool Sheep. (Fri, Oct
Mark Evans with his Skipton Suffolk champion
The Suffolk classes were once again dominated by local sheep farming
friends and neighbours from Steeton, Keighley. Mark Evans, of Tower
Gate Farm, landed his fourth consecutive championship success with
a home-bred shearling ram, while Graham Fort, of Brighton House,
again had to settle for the reserve championship with a ram lamb.
Mark’s victor was by a Didcot ram that has provided him with
his last three Skipton champions, while the home-bred runner-up
was sired by Ewebank UK. Mark also had the top-priced ram lamb
at 410 guineas, while top price in the shearlings class at 330
guineas fell to a ram from Ian Briggs, of Guiseley,
The Texel classes resulted in victory for a home-bred shearling
gimmer ram by the renowned £30,000 Haddo Knoxie from David
Houghton, of Top Hill Texels, Isherwoods Farm, Bury. The top-priced
Texel at 600 guineas came from Thomas Whiteford, of Brampton, Carlisle.
Texel ram lambs sold to a top price of 250 guineas, from Spiros
Spyrou, of Hebden Bridge, while two-shear rams made to 280 guineas,
shearling ewes to 265 guineas and aged ewes to 54 guineas.
Mark Jennings, of CM Jennings, Crake Hall, Selside, Kendal, sent
out the champion Beltex shearling ram, which had earlier been noted
for its potential after taking third place at this year’s
Beltex Progeny Show at Skipton, as well as finishing third in class
at the 2007 Cumberland Show.
The home-bred made 720 guineas when bought by Nick Dalby on behalf
of David Wilson, of Harome, Helmsley. Best of Beltex ram lamb prices
at 370 guineas was an entry from JD&V Towers, of Lancaster.
John and Claire Mason, of Oddacres Farm, Embsay, returned to championship-winning
ways by presenting the best of the Blue-Faced Leicesters with a
home-bred shearling ram, knocked down for 1,500 guineas to local
buyers H&M Plews, of Kettlewell. The Masons also had the top-priced
ram lamb at 360 guineas.
Two-shear BFL rams made to 140 guineas, from Richard Mawson, of
Addingham, with CT Akrigg, of Cray, heading the three-shear rams
prices at 200 guineas.
The Charollais champion was a home-bred shearling ram from Deborah
Whitcher, of Foulrice Farm, Whenby, York, by the Welsh sire Inglis
Cymro, also responsible for her 2007 Worcester champion. Charollais
prices topped at 400 guineas for a shearling ram from CW&V
Marwood, Whenby, with a ram lamb from Miss A Marwood, of Walton-le-Dale,
achieving best price in class at 260 guineas,
Blue Texel shearling rams topped at 400 guineas, from AC Bailey,
of Leyburn, while Lleyn shearling ewes sold to 190 guineas.
Full show results can be downloaded from the news section of the
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