Yorkshire Dales Swaledale sheep supremo Roy Nelson retained the
title for the fourth year in succession at the 2008 annual show
and sale of Swaledale prime lambs at Skipton Auction Mart (Monday,
Casting an eye over the winning pen of Skipton Swaledale prime
hoggs are, from left, exhibitor Roy Nelson, judge James Dewhirst
and sponsor Tony Dickinson.
Roy, who trades as C. Nelson & Sons at Lainger Farm, Bordley,
struck yet again with a pen of ten hoggs, chosen as champions by
James Dewhirst, Lothersdale, who followed up his judgement at the
ringside when purchasing the 59-kilo victors for £57.80 a
head on behalf of Skipton-based Stanforths Butchers.
Selling prices were notably higher than the corresponding fixture
last year, with regular Skipton buyer Paul Watson, of Hellifield,
snapping up all other prizewinners in both the Swaledales and other
horned lambs show classes.
As in 2007, Roy Nelson also claimed the third place Swaledales
rosette with a 52-kilo pen that made £50.50, with the runners-up
berth occupied by fellow Dales sheep farmer Robert Crisp, of Nelson
Farm, Calton, his 50-kilo charges selling for £50.20.
Dalesbreds made a clean sweep in the other horned lambs section.
Stephen Marshall, of West End, headed the class with a 43-kilo
pen selling at £46.80 each. Runner-up was Kevin Wilson, Blubberhouses,
36-kilo at £38.60, and third Martin Brown, Ramsgill, 46-kilo
The show was sponsored by Tony Dickinson, of Yorkshire Dales ATV
Centre, Coniston Cold.
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