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Strong CCM Skipton Gimmer Shearling Highlight

CCM Skipton’s annual show and sale of gimmer shearlings, one of the largest fixtures of its kind in the North of England and the traditional pipe opener to Skipton Auction Mart’s 2013 breeding sheep season, saw a local victory in the Mule class with a ten-strong pen from the Hall farming family, of Darnbrook Farm, Darnbrook, in Littondale. (Tues, Aug 20)

Shown by brothers James and William Hall, the red rosette-winning pen received the Edgar Boothman Memorial Trophy, presented by his brother James Boothman, of Linton. The Halls also won the title in 2011, finishing second in class last year. Back on top again, their 2013 victors sold locally to Threshfield’s Angus Dean for £205 per head.

Pictured at Skipton Auction Mart with the first prize Mule gimmer shearlings are, from left, Townson Bros’ Mike Redfern, JG Animal Health’s Robert Garth, Top Tags’ Piers Holmes-Smith, exhibitors William and James Hall, trophy presenter James Boothman, co-judge Andrew Bradley, Carrs Billington’s Rebecca Lambert and JACS’ Gavin Haworth.

Pictured at Skipton Auction Mart with the first prize Mule gimmer shearlings are, from left, Townson Bros’ Mike Redfern, JG Animal Health’s Robert Garth, Top Tags’ Piers Holmes-Smith, exhibitors William and James Hall, trophy presenter James Boothman, co-judge Andrew Bradley, Carrs Billington’s Rebecca Lambert and JACS’ Gavin Haworth.

The turnout of 4,083 head of shearling gimmers sold to an overall average of £142.52 per head, up £1.97 on last year’s corresponding fixture.

As in previous years, there was keen interest at the ringside in NEMSA-tagged consignments from regular vendors, many of which had been purchased at last year’s annual CCM Skipton Mule gimmer lamb show and sale, itself one of the UK’s top fixtures of its type.

The Halls, represented with a consignment of 350 Mules, also presented the third prize pen, knocked down at £188 each to George and David Whitwell, of Austwick They sold six further pens, including four at £178 per head.

The second prize Mule pen from Raymond and Robert Johnson, of Felliscliffe, joined Geoff Booth in Lothersdale for £195 per head, while fourth prize winners John and Elizabeth Greenhalgh, of Bashall Eaves, sold their pen at £188 each, again to the Whitwells. Mr and Mrs Greenhalgh, Mule show class winners in 2012, were again prominent when selling six pens in total from £180 to £198 per head.

The top-priced pen of Mules at £210 per head came from a quality run presented by Coniston Cold’s David Coates. The buyer was Claire O’Neill, a brand-new sheep breeder who has just taken over a small farm in Silsden. Mr Coates also sold six further pens at prices ranging from £162 to £202 per head.

With a total of 3,406 Mule shearlings penned for sale, the overall selling average of £144.62 per head was £3.70 up on the year, reflected in an across-the-board improvement in the quality of sheep at this year’s renewal. Smaller sheep sold at £125 to £150 per head for most of the sale, with just a handful of pens dropping into the teens.

Pictured at Skipton Auction Mart with the first prize Masham gimmer shearlings are, from left, exhibitor Margaret Watkinson, Top Tags’ Piers Holmes-Smith, Carrs Billington’s Rebecca Lambert and JACS’ Gavin Haworth.

Pictured at Skipton Auction Mart with the first prize Masham gimmer shearlings are, from left, exhibitor Margaret Watkinson, Top Tags’ Piers Holmes-Smith, Carrs Billington’s Rebecca Lambert and JACS’ Gavin Haworth.

Masham shearling gimmers received particular attention, and, with regular buyers at the ringside, enjoyed good trade throughout, with the 45-strong entry averaging £138.67 per head overall, an increase of £12.71 on 2012.

Breed stalwart Margaret Watkinson, of Brimar Farm, Sessay, Thirsk, repeated her first prize success of the previous year, selling her 2013 pen of ten for a class-topping £155 per head to Edgar Moore, of Settle.

Colin Willoughby, of Redmire, showed the second prize pen of Masham shearlings on behalf of B Orkney, of Carperby. They sold for £151 apiece to Norman and Jackie Binns, from Oakworth. The third prize pen from WD Dowthwaite & Partners, of Kirkby Overblow, made £150 per head when selling locally to Norman and Jeanette Marshall, of Niffany.

Continental shearlings sold to a highly selective audience, with noticeably more interest in first-cross Mules. The overall selling average of the 602 Texel shearlings was £135.71 per head, down £5.92 on the year.

Norfolk breeders Henry Harvey & Son, of Waxham Hall, Waxham, presented a nice run of 330 Texel-cross sheep, with their two show pens taking first and second in class.

Pictured at Skipton Auction Mart with the first prize Continental gimmer shearlings are, from left, JG Animal Health’s Robert Garth, Top Tags’ Piers Holmes-Smith, exhibitor Ben Harvey, co-judge Andrew Bradley, Carrs Billington’s Rebecca Lambert and JACS’ Gavin Haworth.

Pictured at Skipton Auction Mart with the first prize Continental gimmer shearlings are, from left, JG Animal Health’s Robert Garth, Top Tags’ Piers Holmes-Smith, exhibitor Ben Harvey, co-judge Andrew Bradley, Carrs Billington’s Rebecca Lambert and JACS’ Gavin Haworth.

Harvey’s Ben Harvey, who was making a welcome return to the annual fixture after an impressive debut last year, when he also presented the first prize pen, saw his 2013 victors fall for £175 per head, to Malcolm Campbell, 0f Horton-in-Ribblesdale, with the second prize pen also selling for the same per head price to CT&EM Hammond, of Summerbridge.

Six further Harvey pens sold from £150 to £178 per head, top price in class. The Harveys are now raising increasing Mule sheep numbers at their 500-acre holding near the Norfolk coast, carefully selecting Blue Face Leicester rams and putting them to Swaledale ewes bought at CCM Skipton last autumn.

The third prize Texel-cross pen from T Jackson and Son, of Goosnargh, became another Malcolm Campbell acquisition at £155 each.

Thirty Suffolk shearlings were also offered for sale, with Hartwith’s Nick Dalby to the fore when selling pens at £122 and £110 per head. The overall average of £116 per head was £5.74 down on 2012.

Show judges were Andrew Bradley, of Darley, and Francis Caton, of Weston, with a five-strong line-up of sponsors – JACS Trade & DIY Warehouse, Townson Bros Fuel Oils, Tops Tags, JG Animal Health and Carrs Billington.

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