A four-shear aged ram from JW Stockdale & Sons, of Oat Croft
Farm, Burnsall, proved championship material at the annual evening
show and sale of 46 Swaledale rams at Skipton Auction Mart. (Mon,
John Stockdale and his son Adam with their Skipton Swaledale ram
Shown by Richard Stockdale and his 15-year-old son Adam, a pupil
at Upper Wharfedale School, the title winner was described as “very
true to breed” by father-and-son show judges George and James
Huck, of Austwick.
By a Marwood sire and bred locally by Messrs Ellis, of Addingham,
the ram was bought as a shearling three years ago and has since
stamped his progeny on the Stockdales’ stock of sheep.
They have a policy of selling on aged tups and saw the victor,
awarded the Robert Young Perpetual Challenge Trophy as champion
and the Stephen HK Butcher Trophy as class winner, purchased for
150 guineas by JC Walker & Sons, Dunsop Bridge.
For the second year running, the first prize shearling ram and
reserve show champion, awarded the M&K Spensley Trophy, was
exhibited by Roy Nelson, of C Nelson & Sons, Lainger House,
Bordley, selling for 400 guineas to SE Lord, of Roeburndale, Lancaster.
Mr Nelson also had the fourth prize shearling ram, which joined
V Verity & Son at West End, Blubberhouses, for 260 guineas.
Top price in show fell to an aged ram presented by John Stephenson,
of Bordley Green Farm, Bordley, bought for 500 guineas by AC Ward & Partners,
of Grantley, Ripon.
Shearling rams averaged £128 and aged rams £141.
Bordley Bonanza at Skipton Swaledales Show
Tophill Texel Tops at Skipton Breeders Show
Malham Moor Double at Skipton NEMSA Show 2007
Skipton Multi-Breeds Rams and Females Show 2007