Kenton Foster’s Leyburn-based Garriston flock provided the champion at the annual show and sale of pedigree Charollais females at Skipton Auction Mart.
Kenton Foster with his Skipton Charollais pedigree female
ewe lamb champion.
Staged under the auspices of the British Charollais Sheep Society, a total entry of 152 females, with all ewes and shearling ewes in-lamb, was well up on the previous year.
Mr Foster’s title winner, earlier chosen as the first prize ewe lamb by judge Alan Kennedy, of Parkgate, Dumfries, is by the home-bred sire Garriston Kosher, reserve male champion at the 2010 Great Yorkshire Show, who is himself a son of the noted Ballynoe House Issac. The victor made 1,050gns when purchased by Ibrahim Jaeban, of Forth House Farm, Cockermouth in Cumbria.
Top price honours also fell to Mr Foster with his second prize ewe lamb, a well-bred daughter of Coventry Judge. It was the last sheep to enter the sale ring, joining local buyer Michael Hall, of Airton, for 1,380gns.
Ballynoe House Issac was also responsible for the reserve champion, the first prize shearling ewe from Charles and Valerie Marwood at Whenby, York, whose Foulrice flock, established for 30 years and currently with 500 pedigree ewes, annually consigns quality shearlings, the product of many years of selective breeding, to the Skipton fixture.
The runner-up also sold to Mr Jaeban at 950gns, one of a total of ten in-lamb females acquired at Skipton by the Cumbrian buyer at the outset of his quest to establish a pedigree Charollais flock.
Charollais female judgingHe also paid 750gns for the Marwoods’ third prize shearling ewe, by Edstaston Head Master. The dams of both these prizewinners were by the Foulrice senior stock sire, Ash Charolais Filibuster, who is renowned nationally and still working well at six-and-a-half years old.
In addition, Mr Jaeban bought the second prize ewe at 400gns from Robert Towers, of Camp House Farm, Farleton, Lancaster, at 400gns.
Born in the Middle East, Mr Jaeban first came over to England as a student. He later worked in the motor vehicle engineering industry for 20 years, meeting his wife Sandra, who hails from the Penrith area, and moving to Cumbria.
For the past seven years, he has developed his passion for farming, running a 70-strong flock of Texels and around 100 Mules, now to be supplemented by pedigree Charollais. “I started as a hobby farmer – it has now taken over my life,” said Mr Jaeban.
Ewe lambs averaged £495.08, shearling ewes £437.18 and aged ewes £387.75.
Show results, prices and buyers:
In-lamb ewe – 1 WC & RL Bowen, Gwyndy, Pembrokeshire, 720gns to Messrs Sandham, None Go Bye Farm Shop, Leeds, 2 JD & V Towers, Farleton, Lancaster, 400gns to Forth House Farm, Cockermouth, 3 AM & JM Walton, Backford, Chester, 300gns to Messrs Sandham.
In-lamb shearling ewe – 1 CW & V Marwood, Foulrice, York, 950gns to Forth House Farm, 2 Mark Worthington, Moss Side, Ramsbottom, 550gns to C Dougherty, Malton, 3 CW & V Marwood, 750gns to Forth House Farm, 4 JA & R Geldard & Son, Wraycastle, Gilpin Bridge, Kendal, 700gns to AJ & Y Snaith, Rothbury.
Ewe lamb – 1 JK Foster, Garriston, Leyburn, 1,050gns to Forth House Farm, 2 JK Foster, 1,380gns to Michael Hall, Airton, 3 RA & A Whitehead, Samlesbury, Preston, 400gns to B Nicholson, Helmsley, 4 JK Foster, 420gns to Parkland Farm Ltd, Carnforth.
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