What must be the youngest-ever champion in the history of Skipton Auction Mart emerged when Isobel North, just turned three-years-old, clinched the title at the annual Young Farmers show and sale of prime lambs at Skipton Auction Mart. (Mon, July 30).
Three-year-old Isobel North with her Skipton young farmers
prime lamb champion.
Showing a black Texel Wether lamb, the Giggleswick youngster first won the class for up to ten-year-olds, before seeing her charge go on to be crowned champion by show judge Robert Garth, of Keasden.
Bred by Isobel’s parents John and Alison North, the victor, one of twin lambs by their Texel sire Garngour Patriot – the other twin was pure white – progressed to achieve top price in show by far when knocked down for £165, or a heady 330p/kg, to Keelham Farm Shop in Thornton, Bradford, who often buy prime lamb and beef champions and prize winners at Skipton.
A total of 27 up-and-coming young farmers participated in the show, a record turnout in the three years it has been staged. It gave them an opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience in the competitive world of agriculture, with entries judged on handler, presentation and lamb.
Reserve champion was 20-year-old Amy Bradley, of Fiddlers Green, Brimham Rocks, Harrogate, winner of the 17-26 years class with her Beltex-cross lamb. It sold for £100 to Vivers Scot Lamb, Annan.
Red rosette winner in the 10-16 years class was Josh Lawn, of Cullingworth, his charge selling at £95 to regular Skipton buyer Andrew Atkinson, of Kettlesing.
Craven Cattle Marts’ Ted Ogden said: “Such competitions encourage young farmers to come and experience showing and selling livestock at the mart and all must be congratulated for taking part. Our thanks also go to the buyers, who all supported the competitors extremely well when it came to selling their stock.”
Show results, prices and buyers were: Under 10s – 1 Isobel North, Giggleswick, £165 to Keelham Farm Shop, Thornton, 2 William Burnop, Clitheroe, £93 to Keelham Farm Shop, 3 Henry Shorrock, Cliviger, £90 to Andrew Atkinson, Kettlesing, 4 Freddie Shorrock, Cliviger, £85 to George Cropper Butchers, Accrington Market.
10–16 years – 1 Josh Lawn, Cullingworth, £95 to Andrew Atkinson, 2 Tom Garnett, Draughton, £105 to Yorkshire Halal Meats, Keighley, 3 Alice Throup, Draughton, £97 to Andrew Atkinson, 4 Kyle Handy, Stainforth, £109 to Andrew Atkinson.
17–26 years – 1 Amy Bradley, Brimham Rocks, £100 to Vivers Scot Lamb, Annan, 2 Hayley Baines, Trawden, £102 to George Cropper, 3 Paul Baines, Trawden, £111 to Andrew Atkinson, 4 Rob Ellis, Addingham Moorside, £95 to Andrew Atkinson.
Other Prices: Becky Ellis, Addingham Moorside, £113, Kyle Handy, Stainforth, £109, Adam Townley, Clapham, £105, Barry Barrett, Hebden Bridge, £102, Laura Robinson, Tosside, £98; Melissa Pickard, Bolton-by-Bowland, £93, Dee Ireland, Whalley, £93, Gemma Johnson, Felliscliffe, £86, Tom Berry, Cowling, £89, Oliver Blackwell, Silsden, £86, and Chris Chapman, Silsden, £83.
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