Commercial rams lined up for the annual British Charollais Sheep Society show and sale at Skipton Auction Mart, with two of the breed’s staunchest supporters sharing championship honours with a pair of newcomers to the exhibition arena. (Tues, Sept 16)
Richard Geldard with his Skipton Charollais ram champion
The supreme title went to a December-born ram lamb from the Cumbrian-based Wraycastle flock of JA and R Geldard & Sons, Low Foulshaw Farm, Kendal.
Exhibited by Richard Geldard, the home-bred victor, one of twins by the Geldards’ own senior stock ram Bould Flash Harry, sold for 420 guineas, top price in class, to Red Rose Charollais breeder John Bailey, of Chipping, Preston.
Reserve champion was a home-bred March-born shearling ram, also one of twins, from Deborah Whitcher, whose Galtres flock is based at Whenby, York. The youngster also made 420 guineas when acquired by William Oldfield, of Newsholme, Gisburn.
The sire of the runner-up, Inglis Cimru, was also responsible for Deborah’s champion at last year’s Charollais sale at Skipton.
Deborah’s parents Charles and Valerie Marwood, whose Foulrice flock is also based at Whenby, were responsible for a brace of home-bred shearling rams that each sold for 500 guineas, joint top price in show, to local buyers.
One was the first entry into the sales ring, a product of Foulrice Gentle Giant, which joined Andrew Haggas at Otterburn, while the second, third in its class and by Urlay Nook Eandeavour, was acquired by Matt Mason, Appletreewick.
In addition, the Marwoods sold another shearling ram locally to John Carlisle, Cracoe, for 460 guineas, while daughter Deborah also saw her second prize shearling ram acquired for 420 guineas by Robert Greenwood, West Marton.
Shearling rams averaged £405.56 and ram lambs £280. Show judge was Charollais breeder Stephen Hodgson, of Patrick Brompton, Bedale.
Results: Shearling rams – 1 & 2 Deborah Whitcher, Whenby, 3 Charles Marwood, Whenby. Ram lambs – 1 JA and R Geldard & Sons, Kendal, 2 Deborah Whitcher, 3 Charles Marwood.
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