Young farmers had the chance to shine when Skipton Auction Mart staged an inaugural show of Mule hoggs with lambs at foot for exhibitors no older than 30.
Show sponsor Les Thackray, second from right, congratulates Robert Johnson, first winner of the new young farmersí fixture at Skipton. Also pictured are, from left, third placed Sam Berry, judge Hewetson and runner-up Claire Gratton.
The first winner was 28-year-old Robert Johnson, of Summerfield Farm, Felliscliffe, Harrogate, with Claire Gratton, 25, of Warshill Hall Farm, Warshill, Ripon, awarded the runners-up slot, ahead of third placed local man Sam Berry, 26, of New Hall Farm, High Bradley.
The fixture was sponsored by leading Skipton sheep buyer Les Thackray, who trades as E Thackray & Sons at Clayton Farm, Mickley, Ripon, and donated cash prizes totalling £120 to both vendors and purchasers of the main prizewinners.
Mr Thackray then went on to buy all three prizewinning pens, paying £150 per outfit and top price for the champions, £130 for the runners-up and £114 for the third.
Show judge was Anthony Hewetson, of Bank Newton.
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