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Skipton Multi-Breeds Rams and Females Show

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 12)

Mark Evans with his Skipton Suffolk champion

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 website.

link Skipton Wensleydales Annual Show
link Jacobs Boost Skipton Rare and Native Breeds Fixture
link Dales Victory at Skipton Masham Wethers Show
link Relief & Resignation at NSA Wales and Borders Ram Sale

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