A strong shearling ram class was the highlight of the evening show and sale of Swaledale rams at Skipton Auction Mart. (Mon, Oct 11)
Shearling rams line up for judging at the annual Skipton fixture.
The annual fixture for Swaledales, which are the most prominent breed in the region, grows in stature and quality year on year. This year, it attracted a total entry of 118 rams, of which ten sold for 1,000gns and more.
Top performer in the show arena was a shearling ram from North Craven breeders David and Robin Booth, of W A & A Booth, Old Hall Farm, Feizor.
Sired by their Bull and Cave tup, out of a ewe purchased by Gordon Rawsthorne from Stuart Harker at Overthwaite, Kendal, the title-winner, recipient of both the Robert Young Perpetual Challenge Trophy and the M & J Spensley Trophy, sold for 1,000gns to TM Nutter, of Nelson.
In addition, the Booths exhibited the third prize aged ram, a three-shear bred by Kenny Brown, of Barningham, which also made 1,000gns when joining Peter Metcalfe, of Langbar, Ilkley.
John and Claire Mason, of Oddacres Farm, Embsay, champions in 2010 with an aged ram, again presented the best in class, though had to settle for the reserve championship this year with their home-bred three-shear son of a Naby ram from J W Dent & Son, out of a Haltcliffe-sired ewe.
It allowed the Masons to retain the Stephen HK Butcher Trophy for the leading aged ram, which sold for 850gns to Andrew Ogden, of Cowling.
Robin Booth with the Skipton Swaledale shearling ram champion.Once again, local Swaledale specialist Roy Nelson, who trades as C Nelson & Sons at Lainger House, Bordley, scooped top price honours.
The Yorkshire Dales showman, who has won multiple Swaledale titles at Skipton over the years, saw his 2011 price-topping shearling, sired by a Tennant Gill ram, out a ewe by a Halfpenny House tup, sell at 1,700gns to Malcolm Handley, of Slaidburn.
In total, Mr Nelson sold seven rams, four at over 1,000gns. Another leading performer was his second prize aged ram, sired by a John White tup, out of a Catchall-sired ewe, knocked down for 1,200gns to Harold Smith, of Dunford Bridge.
The same bloodlines were also responsible for a two-shear ram sold for 1,300gns to Alan Greenwood, of Trawden, while another Nelson shearling by Flitholme Ee’s a big un, out of a Smearsett-sired ewe, made 1,200gns when joining Roger White in the Hope Valley. Mr Greenwood also paid 900gs for a Punchard-sired ram from Kevin Huck, of Bordley.
Second top price in show at 1,400gns fell to an aged ram from Saddle End Farms at Chipping. Purchased as a shearling from TW & K Hutchinson at Blunt House, Middleton-in-Teessdale, it was acquired by John Blakey, of Greenhow, Pateley Bridge.
Jeff Walker, of Dunsop Bridge, also sold well. His more notable successes included a home-bred three-shear aged ram at 1,200gn to A Newbould & Son, Dallowgill, along with 1,050gns for a four-shear ram bred by Patrick Walker, purchased by John Cheetham, of Wath.
A show class for the ram with the best conformation fell to a shearling from Bill Cowperthwaite, of Tennant Gill, Malham Moor. Sired by a tup from Andrew Harrison, of High Beck Head, out of a ewe by a sire from David Allinson, of West Brisco, it sold for 1,000gns to David Robinson, of Bradfield, who also paid 900gns for a ram from John Bland, of Crowden.
Aged rams averaged £449.70 (£304 last year) and shearling rams £348.38 (£308). Show judge was Jack Wade, of Catchall, Grassington.
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