A home-bred daughter of Chestnut Park Dumbledore worked its magic when chosen as supreme champion at the annual show and sale of pedigree females staged on behalf of the British Charollais Sheep Society at Skipton Auction Mart. (Sat, Oct 18)
John Stott with his Skipton Charollais female champion, joined by judge Kenton Foster.
The victor was a shearling ewe from Cumbrian breeder John Stott, whose Kingsland flock is based at Crosscrake, Stainton, near Kendal. Mr Stott acquired the sire as a shearling in 2004 from John and Anne Griffiths’ southern-based Chestnut Park flock.
Mr Stott is no stranger to success at the fixture, also having sent out the supreme champion two years ago. This year’s title winner, making her debut in the exhibition arena, sold for 380 guineas to DB Roberts, of Kenley, Shrewsbury.
Mr Roberts also paid the show-topping price of 510 guineas for the third prize shearling from North Yorkshire breeders Stephen and Nicola Hodgson, of Northfield Farm, Patrick Brompton, Bedale, whose Halfpenny holding has produced the champion flock in Yorkshire four times in recent years.
Their entry, the fifth prize gimmer shearling at this year’s Great Yorkshire Show, has been scanned for triplets to Coventry Fosterman, Male Champion of Champions in 2006.
The Hodgsons also exhibited the first prize ewe and reserve supreme champion. Like the majority of their Skipton consignment, the runner-up was in lamb to the Welsh-bred sire Aberkinsey Earth Mover, having been scanned for triplets.
Related to the noted Parkgate line of Dumfries-based Herbie Kennedy, chairman of the British Charollais Sheep Society, she sold for 330 guineas to H Berry, Bolton-by-Bowland.
Mr and Mrs Hodgson also sold two further shearling ewes for 350 and 340 guineas.
On a solid trading day, a total of ten lots made £300 or more, with 24 shearlings, all in lamb, averaging £258.20, and seven in-lamb ewes averaging £236.25.
Show judge was Kenton Foster, of Leyburn.
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