Swaledale females – almost 4,000 shearlings and correct ewes- converged on Skipton Auction Mart for the annual prize show and sale. (Sat, Oct 4)
Michael and Ruth Pearson, joined by daughter Debbie and the Skipton Swaledale champions.
The North Craven-based Pearson family – husband and wife Michael and Ruth, and their daughter Debbie, of Foredale Farm, Horton-in-Ribblesdale – were delighted to secure their first-ever championship success at Skipton with their pen of ten of ewes.
They sold for £98 a head to John Mason, Embsay, bettered only by the top-priced pen at £100 each from last year’s reserve champion Roy Nelson, of Lainger House, Bordley. The purchaser was M Crawshaw, Trawden.
The first prize shearlings from another Bordley exhibitor, Kevin Huck, sold for £87 per head to Gordon Haynes, Mitton, Clitheroe. Class prices were headed at £90 apiece by the second prize shearlings from Cameron and Irene Walton, Hellifield, acquired by co-judge Frank Brennand, Chapel-le-Dale. The other co-judges were Colin Willoughby, Leyburn, and Stephen Fawcett, Barden.
Three-crop ewes peaked at £75 each for a pen from FC, N & M Walker, Hartlington, with correct ewes selling to a high of £46 per head from T Robinson & Sons, Slaidburn.
Selling prices were stronger than the corresponding fixture last year, with an overall sale average of £43.69 per head achieved.
Swaledale shearlings to £90 (av £55.66), 3-crop ewes to £75 (£49.01), 4-crop ewes to £100 (£41.06), correct ewes to £46 (£28.50)
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