Mashams stood out on a frenzied sheep day at Skipton Auction Mart – the high profile annual show and sale of gimmer lambs, when over 6,000 lambs passed through the ring. (Tues, Oct 7)
Angela Spokes, centre, presents her grandfather’s Skipton Masham gimmer lambs trophy to Roland and David Verity, pictured in the ring with their champions.
The highlight was a show and sale of 695 Masham gimmer lambs on behalf of Masham Sheep Breeders Association, with the champion pen of ten exhibited by well-known North Yorkshire father-and-son breeders Roland and David Verity, of Grange Farm, Bouthwaite, Pateley Bridge.
They sold for both top price in class and of the entire day at £110 per head to co-judge Keith Liddle, of Stainburn, Otley.
The title winners received the Kemp Spokes Trophy from Angela Spokes, the third generation of a family that has been buying Mule and Masham sheep at Skipton since the late 1930. They are based at Long Buckby, near Northampton.
For the second year running, the second prize pen of Mashams came from Colin Willoughby, of Redmire, Leyburn. The third prize pen was exhibited by Masham Sheep Breeders Association chairman David Wilson, of JM Wilson & Sons, Crimple Head Farm, Beckwithshaw, Harrogate, champions in 2007. They sold for £69 each to the other co-judge, Margaret Watkinson, of Sessay, Thirsk.
The show, which achieved an overall average selling price of £48.03 per head, was sponsored by Ripon Landrover Services and regular Skipton buyer Les Thackray, of Mickley, Ripon, with cash prizes for both vendors and buyers of association sheep.
The Swaledale gimmer lambs section, judged by Skipton NEMSA branch chairman Ashley Caton, Otterburn, was won for a record-equalling fourth time in succession by local farmer Kevin Huck, of Bordley, his charges selling for £60 a head, top price in class. There were 930 Swaledales forward.
First prize winner in the Continentals class was a pen of Texels from Chris Green, of Tillcarr Farm, Lightcliffe, Bradford.
A total of 4,363 Mule lambs also passed through the ring, selling to a good company of buyers. Trade was again above expectations and levelled at £46.95 per head.
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