Matthew Field, an East Coast sheep farmer, captured a trophy on his first-ever visit as an exhibitor and vendor at Skipton Auction Mart.
Matthew Field, left, and judge Charles Hamilton are pictured with the best pen of Lleyns at Skipton.
Mr Field, of Ellis Close Farm, Harwood Dale, Scarborough, received the JA Simpson Trophy after presenting the best pen of ten Lleyn gimmer lambs in a show for breeding sheep at the North Yorkshire venue. (Tues, Oct 13)
He has been breeding Lleyns for seven years with his father Roger and the champion pen, chosen by show judge Charles Hamilton, Malton, sold locally for £68 per head to DW & SI Throup, Bradley.
The top price of £80 per head fell to a pen from J Clarke & Sons, Borwick, Carnforth, which also moved on to East Yorkshire when acquired by CP Appleby, North Dalton.
Lleyn gimmer shearlings sold to a high of £140 for a pen from David Carlton, Newton-in-Bowland, and averaged £107.52 overall. Lleyn ewe lambs averaged £53.20 and Lleyn rams £243, including two joint top calls of £420 from John Dugdale, Stackhouse, Settle. A total of 1,817 breeding sheep were sold.
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