Gimmer hoggs from the Smearsett flock of WA & A Booth in North Craven secured both championship and reserve championship honours at Skipton Auction Mart’s annual show and sale of Blue Faced Leicester females. (Wed, Feb 8)
Robin Booth with the family’s Skipton Blue Faced Leicester female champion.
Father and son David and Robin Booth, of Old Hall Cottage, Feizor, were responsible for the two principals, their only entries in the fixture.
The title winner, 2968/D30, is by the home-bred B13 Smearsett, also known as Black Tag, out of a dam sired by the £17,000 ram, W2 Lunesdale, from Gordon Rawsthorne at Nether Kellet, Carnforth. She sold for joint top price in show at £800 to the Hewness flock of Kevin and James Wilson at Blubberhouses.
The reserve champion, 2968/D43, is by C1 Shafthill, bred by John Smith-Jackson at Haltwhistle, near Hexham, while the dam, by T1 Lunesdale, also bred Peter Fell’s renowned stock tup at Castle Hill, near Ulverston. She emulated the victor’s selling price at £800 when joining the Micklaw flock of Will Wildman in Kirkby Malham.
The first prize in-lamb female, the 2-shear ewe 2782/B24, came from the Chelker flock of Joe and Nancy Throup at Berwick Intake Farm, Draughton. By the Dalehead sire 2945/A1 and in-lamb to the Cumbrian sire Y5 Hewgill, she sold locally for £650 to James Middleton, of Arncliffe.
Next best at £600 was a home-bred gimmer hogg from the Ilkley Moor flock of 2011 show champions Ellis Brothers, of Addingham Moorside. By Ilkley Moor B23, a son of Neil Marston’s Z4 Hundith, and out of an ewe by the Ellis’s own Kirkby Redgate sire, she found a new home with Brontë breeder A P Percival, who runs a small flock of Blue Faced Leicesters at Haworth and also purchased last year’s title winner.
A gimmer hogg from Alan Barnes’ Cowden flock in Lancashire, by another Cumbrian sire, Nunscleugh C3, out of a dam by a £10,000 Hewgill ram, was knocked down for £500 to Jonathan Coates, of Bank House Farms, Cowan Bridge, Carnforth.
The Oddacres flock of John and Claire Mason at Embsay achieved £450 for a gimmer hogg sired by their own Smearsett tup, out of a Midlock-sired ewe. The buyer was Blanebank Farms at Quinluch, Glasgow.
Making his debut as a show judge was well-known Blue Faced Leicester, Mule, Swaledale and Beltex sheep breeder Chris Heath, of Macclesfield.
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