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Mason Mule Wethers Collect the Trophy at Store Lamb Highlight

Local breeders John and Claire Mason, of Oddacres Farm, Embsay, sent out the first prize pen of 50 Mule Wether lambs at CCM Skipton’s annual late summer show, which formed part of the fortnightly store lambs fixture. (Wed, Aug 21)

The Masons received the Stephen Foster Memorial Trophy, before seeing their charges go on to sell for £56 per head to Gloucestershire buyers PG&CP Whitehouse, who acquired all three prize-winning pens.

Co-judge Stephanie Dorey and co-sponsor Gavin Haworth, of co-sponsors JACS, with the Masons’ first prize pen of Mule wethers.

Co-judge Stephanie Dorey and co-sponsor Gavin Haworth, of co-sponsors JACS, with the Masons’ first prize pen of Mule wethers.

They added the runners-up from Stephen Wells, of Monyash in Derbyshire, at £55.20 each, along with the third prize Mule wethers from Rosemary Berry, of Cowling, for £57.50 per head, top price in show.

Prize vouchers for the highest priced pens were awarded to Rosemary Berry, Chris Heseltine, of Bolton Abbey, for his 85 Beltex-cross lambs, sold at £68.50 per head, and T Houghton, of Westside, with 60 Suffolk-cross that made £59 each.

The 6,046 store lambs forward sold to an overall average of £54.42 per head, compared to £60.52 at the previous year’s corresponding fixture.

However, trade was seen to be slightly dearer against the previous fortnightly sale. An increased attendance of buyers from the southern counties and Wales saw longer keep lambs and Mule wethers find a much better trade, while short keep lambs were in line with recent improvements in the prime trade.

Beltex store lambs found the best of the business when averaging £70.74 per head, peaking at £82.50 each, top price of the day, for a pen from Burton-in-Lonsdale’s Robert Garth. Texels were next best when averaging £58.73 per head, with a high of £68.50 each for a pen from CW Clapham & Son, of Weeton.

Suffolk stores averaged just shy of £58 each, with a top of £70 per head for a pen from SL&SD Lund, of Littondale, while Cheviots sold well to average £57.99 per head, led by Grain Farms, of Wadsworth, with a £69 per head pen.

The Mule average was £49.68 per head, with Charollais lambs averaging £49.15 each and selling to a high of £53 for a pen from Nick Speake, of Oakworth. Swaledales averaged £26.78 apiece, with a top of £45 per head from J&T Simpson, of Malham Moor.

In the gimmer lamb classes, Suffolks averaged £72.16 per head, led by £76 pens from Adam Staveley, of Cowling, while Baxenden’s George Cropper sold a Texel pen at £75 each.

Show judges were regular Skipton buyer Steve Dorey and his daughter Stephanie, from Newark, with the fixture again sponsored by Skipton-based JACS Trade & DIY Warehouse, and JG Animal Health, who donated vouchers for the highest priced pens of 50 or more lambs.

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