Texel gimmer lambs from Ken Gamble, of Brickyard Farm in Knott Lane, Easingwold, were once more the pick of the Continental show entries at the seasonal store lamb fixture at Skipton Auction Mart. (Wed, Sept 19)
With his first prize pen of Texel gimmer lambs to the fore, Ken Gamble, left, is congratulated by show judge Nick Dalby.
Mr Gamble, who presented the first and second prize pens of ten at last year’s corresponding show, was on song again at the 2012 renewal when his 20-strong entry was placed first and third.
The red rosette winners, recipients of the Chris Hagar Trophy, sold for £108 per head to T Jackson, of Goosnargh, Preston, with the third prize pen knocked down at £105 each to LW & EJ Coverdale, of Beckwithshaw, Harrogate.
However, it was the second prize Texel pen from local vendor OM Chapman, of Skreholme, Grassington, that achieved top call of the day at £133 per head when joining AJ Philip, of Huggate, York. Gimmer lambs sold to an overall average of £70.33 per head.
With prizes again on offer for the highest priced pens of 50 or more lambs, the best of the Continental-cross entries, a pen of 50 Texels from Townhead Farms, of Malham, averaged £69 per head.
Adam Staveley, of Cowling, presented the pick of the Suffolk-cross lambs, a pen of 73 that made £63 each, while 50 Mules from Elaine Morphet & Son, of Austwick, headed the Mule/hill lamb entries at £56.80 a head.
The show was sponsored by JACS Trade & DIY Warehouse in Skipton and judged by Nick Dalby, of Hartwith, Harrogate.
It formed part of the fortnightly sale of over 8,000 store lambs, which were dearer than anticipated, with both medium and long keep Continental and Suffolk-cross lambs maintaining their value from the previous sale.
Mule and horned lambs were slightly cheaper on the fortnight, with the entire sale achieving an overall selling average price of £59.40 per head, slightly up on the previous fixture.
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