Renowned North Yorkshire sheep showman Cecil Hutchinson won both classes at Skipton Auction Mart’s second early Spring show of ewes with lambs at foot.
Cecil Hutchinson, right, receives one of his class-winning rosettes from co-judge John North.
Trading as AC & C Hutchinson at Brickyard Farm, Kirkby Wiske, Northallerton, Mr Hutchinson sent out both the first and second prize winning pens in the two ewes – all shearlings - with lambs class.
His first prize Texel-cross ewes with Beltex lambs sold for £192 per outfit to husband-and-wife show judges and noted Texel breeders John and Alison North, of Moss, Doncaster. The second prize pen of Beltex-cross ewes with Beltex lambs was knocked down for £180 per unit to Michael Allen, of Staithes, Whitby.
Mr Allen also purchased Cecil Hutchinson’s first prize pen of five of more ewes with lambs at foot – all Beltex – for £190 per outfit. In second place with a pen of Mule shearlings with Texel lambs was local farmer Arthur Maude, of Bradley. They were acquired for £158 per combo by Andrew Parry, Harrogate.
Mr Hutchinson sold a total of 26 outfits at an average of £174.46. The fixture attracted a 397-strong entry of ewes and lambs.
Regular weekly sales of sheep with lambs at foot at Skipton have now reverted to Mondays (from Apr 13) to encompass the main sale season for couples.
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