Local sheep farmer Michael Parker, of Winterburn Hall, Winterburn, achieved back-to-back wins as store lambs returned to the fold for the opening seasonal show at Skipton Auction Mart. (Wed, July 9)
Michael Parker, left, is congratulated by show judge
Tony England, with the first prize winning Suffolks
taking centre stage.
Like last year, Michael took the honours with a 40-strong pen of Suffolk-cross lambs, which caught the eye of judge Tony England, of South Molton, Devon, a regular buyer of both store and ewe lambs at Skipton, many of which end up with customers in the South of England.
The victors sold for £43.50 a head to Messrs Lea & Son, of Barnsley, with the second prize Continental-cross lambs from MJ & PJ Campbell, Arncliffe, bought by the show judge at £36.80 each. The third prize pen of Texel-cross lambs from JW Hall, Malham Moor, was sold to a Staffordshire buyer for £39 per head.
There was major demand at the ringside for the 2,500-plus store lambs forward, with total clearance achieved at an average of £34.83 a head.
The second store lamb show and sale at Skipton on Wednesday, July 23, also features a prize show for Down-cross lambs, while the Robert Morphet Memorial Trophy will be awarded for the best pen of 50 Suffolk-cross lambs.
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