Sheep farmer Michael Parker, of Winterburn Hall, Winterburn, achieved a notable hat-trick when again sending out the first prize pen of store lambs at the opening seasonal show at Skipton Auction Mart. (Wed, July 15)
Michael Parker, centre, is congratulated by co-judge James Farrington, with Roger Farrington left.
As with his successes in 2007 and 2008, Michael took the honours with an outstanding 50-strong pen of Suffolk-cross lambs, which caught the eyes of father and son judges Roger and James Farrington, of Helmsley, regular buyers and vendors of lambs at Skipton.
The victors sold for £64 per head to Chris Barker, of Scarborough, with the second prize pen of 55 Texel-cross lambs from Christopher Heseltine, Bolton Abbey, acquired for £60 each by the judges. The third prize pen of 40 Texel lambs from Chris Ryder, Blubberhouses, made £59.80 per head.
There was major demand at a packed ringside for the 2,390 store lambs forward, with total clearance achieved at an overall average selling price of £50.65, compared to £34.83 a head at the corresponding fixture last year, albeit when Bluetongue restrictions were in place.
The second store lamb show and sale at Skipton on Wednesday, July 29, also features a prize show and sale for Down-cross lambs, with the Robert Morphet Memorial Trophy will be awarded for the best pen of 50 Suffolk-cross lambs.
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