Dales sheep farmers, husband and wife Michael and Carol McKenzie, made their annual foray to the second major seasonal store lamb show and sale at Skipton Auction Mart – and clinched championship honours for an unprecedented fourth year in succession. (Wed, July 27)
Michael McKenzie is pictured in the Skipton ring with his store lamb champions, the fourth year in succession he has won the title.
The McKenzies, of Blue Scar Farm, Arncliffe, again retained the Robert Morphet Memorial Trophy for the best pen of 50 Suffolk-cross lambs, which sold locally at £74 per head to show judge Michael Spensley, of Elslack Hall Farm, Elslack, with their 185-strong Suffolk consignment selling at an overall average of £68 each.
Both the second and third prize pens from F Reeday & Son, Hetton, and DA & JM Robinson, Litton, were acquired at £68.80 and £71.20 respectively by John Errington, of Penrith, a regular buyer at the fixture, who also acquired the McKenzies’ 2010 champions.
The fourth prize pen from Robert Metcalfe, of RD Metcalfe & Son, Brearton, sold for £72 to Joe Marrs, Carlisle, with the day’s top price of £83 per head falling to a pen of Texel-cross lambs from Johnny Metcalfe, of Linton.
The overall Suffolk average of £68.15 was well up on the 2010 average of £53.98 per head, with the average selling price of all 5,091 store lambs forward running at £63.53, again a considerable improvement on the £52.17 average achieved last year.
Other breed top prices, vendors and averages were: Texel-x to £83 (RE Metcalfe & Son, Brearton), av £62.88 (2010 £51.94), Charollais to £59.80 (C&K Parker, Lothersdale), av £59.50 (£47), Mules to £63 (KR Verity, Middlesmoor) av £59.47 (£42.13), Beltex to £75 (J Sugden, Laycock), av £73.46 (£56.95)
The show was sponsored by Laurence Pierce Wool Merchants.
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