Shearling gimmers took centre stage at Skipton Auction Mart’s annual sale of over 2,700 breeding sheep, with improved trade maintained. (Tues, Sept 15)
David Coates is pictured with his first prize and top price pen of Mule shearling gimmers.
The pens-of-ten show class prices were headed by the first prize Mules, exhibited for the second year in succession by David Coates, Coniston Cold. They sold for £150 per head (£134 in 2009) to George Wearmouth, Glusburn.
Littondale’s James Hall, Darnbrook, was responsible - again like last year - for the second prize pen of Mules, acquired at £137 each by TA Broderick & Son, Denton. The third prize pen from Brian Woodsworth, Storiths, made £140 per head to Peter Shackleton, Hetton.
Red Rose exhibitors were among the prizes. Best of the pure-bred Continentals was a pen of Texels from Angela Nairey, Bank Farm, Blackburn, with the first prize pen of Continental-x three-quarters Texels presented by Susan Bosworth, Lower Oakeneaves, Burnley. The latter sold for £138 per head to Martin Grayshon, York.
Mule shearlings averaged £125.60 (£111.62 in 2009) and Texel shearlings £117.44 (£106.68). Show judge was Robert Garth, of Keasden, Clapham.
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