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Cropper Beltex 1,100gns Top Price at Skipton

The supreme champion shearling gimmer led the trade at 1,100gns (£1,155) at the Northern Beltex Society’s inaugural show and sale of pedigree in-lamb ewes at Skipton Auction Mart. (Sat, Dec 15)

George Cropper with his inaugural Skipton Beltex champion.

Skipton Beltex champion

The sale topper was the March, 2011-born Corra Ruthless, from the Hudhey flock of George Cropper in Baxenden, Lancs. The shearling gimmer was bred by Glenn Forsyth at Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbright, and was by Beachy Perfection, first prize ram lamb at the 2010 Highland Show, out of Alan’s Kerry. The victor sold locally to Oakworth’s Joe Pepper.

The same vendor took a call of 750gns for Corra Rhoda, the fourth prize shearling gimmer from the same breeder and also by Perfection. It was purchased by North Craven breeders Michael and Jane Davis, of Eldroth, Austwick.

Mr Cropper is increasingly making his mark in the Beltex breeding world. Earlier this year at Skipton, he also secured back-to-back championship successes, plus top price honours at 4,000gns - a record venue price - at the Beltex Sheep Society’s 12th annual show and sale of pedigree rams and females. He said he had acquired his latest title-winner purposely to bring out at Skipton’s inaugural breed show. Mr Cropper and his father, also named George, run George Cropper Butchers in Accrington Market.

Going for 1,000gns was a Northern Beltex shearling gimmer by an imported ram and bred by David and Diane Findlay at Birdridding Farm, Coverdale, Leyburn. The fifth in class was secured by Ian and Mary Lancaster, of Clitheroe, who invested a further 800gns in the third prize Northern Beltex shearling gimmer from the same flock by Northern Beltex Philip, out of a home-bred ewe.

At 550gns, the two-year-old ewe, Inveresk Port Everglades, was sold to George Emmott, of Steeton. The fourth in class was shown by Shaun Forshaw, Longridge, and bred in Lanarkshire by G Shanks’ Van’t Ophoverveld King Kong, out of a Van’t Ophoverveld ewe.

From the same vendor was a three-year-old Bonstone ewe at 420gns, bred by Brian Breaks, of Newton in Bowland, Clitheroe. By Airyolland Loadsamoney and out of a Bonstone ewe, the third in class was knocked down to County Durham’s GW Dent, of Bishop Auckland.

Ivanhoe Roxanne, the second in class shearling gimmer by Artnagullion Mustang, out of Headlind Nixie, from the Ivanhoe flock of young Texel breeder James Bailey, of Hunton, Bedale, sold locally for 420gns to RD Riley, Flasby.

From the same consignment and making 400gns was the first prize ewe and overall reserve champion Corstane Princess Anne, bred by M Dunlop, Biggar, Lanarkshire. This two-year-old, by Corstane Max and out of a Corstane ewe, was a purchase for Graham Jackson, of Bentham.

A call of 400gns secured North Valley Nova, a three-year-old ewe by Rosslyn Kumar, out of Langlands Jordan. Nova, the second prize ewe, was bred by John Wood, Trawden, and bought by D Prickett, Farleton, Carnforth.

Borderesk Sagittarius, the first prize ewe lamb from Cumbrian breeder Anne Story, of Hobbiesburn, Longtown, by Delia Van’t Zaubekedal, out of a home-bred dam, also headed the class prices when joining AR Alsop & Son in Dacre, Harrogate, for 300gns.

Seven shearling gimmers averaged £602, 20 aged ewes £342 and 17 gimmer lambs £197. Show judge was former Northern Beltex chairman Robert Garth, of Bentham, who also co-sponsored in his role as northern region representative for JG Animal Feeds, along with Chris Windle, of surveyors Windle Beech Winthrop, of Skipton.

There were also two dispersal sales. The first - in-lamb commercial ewes from George Cropper- saw 12 Beltex shearling gimmers sell to a high of 320gns at an average of £231.88, while 35 Beltex ewes again sold to a high of 320gns to average £245.82. In fact, nine entries achieved joint top price, while Mr Cropper also sold two Charollais ewes at 210gns.

The second dispersal sale of in-lamb Suffolk ewes from Brian Taylor, of Diggle, saw aged ewes sell to a high of 750gns to average £624, with shearling gimmers averaging £382.

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