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Local Championship Success at Skipton Beltex Sale

Local breeder Karen Shuttleworth clinched supreme championship honours at the Beltex Sheep Society’s 13th annual show and sale of pedigree rams and females at Skipton Auction Mart. (Sat, Sept 7)

Karen, who only established her Heber Park pedigree Beltex flock at the farm of the same name in Gargrave a few years ago, saw her first prize shearling ram and male champion go on to land the overall title, then sell for 2,200 guineas (£2,310), second top price in show, to judge Simon Blandford, of Ledbury in Herefordshire.

Karen Shuttleworth with her CCM Skipton supreme champion Beltex shearling ram, joined by judge and buyer Simon Blandford, right, and co-sponsor Robert Garth, of JG Animal Health.

Karen Shuttleworth with her CCM Skipton supreme champion Beltex shearling ram, joined by judge and buyer Simon Blandford, right, and co-sponsor Robert Garth, of JG Animal Health.

The March-born victor, Heber Park Sexpot, is by Woodies Ring A Ding, acquired by Karen and her husband David from Aberdeenshire breeder Stuart Wood, out of the 1,300gns purchase Brickrow Luv, also bred in Scotland by John Cowan.

Karen, who works as a land agent for Windle Beech Winthrop, based at the auction mart and co-sponsors of the Skipton Beltex highlight, said the dam, herself a first prize winner at the annual Beltex progeny show at Skipton three years ago, was her favourite sheep.

The 2013 title winner’s new owner will put his latest acquisition to good use on his 1,100-strong flock of Beltex-cross and Texel-cross ewes. Mr Blandford is renowned for breeding commercial lambs and has himself achieved multiple successes in butchers lambs and carcase competitions in his part of the world.

Karen also performed well with other entries, all by Woodies Ring A Ding. Two more Heber Park shearling rams sold at 900gns (£945) and 800gns (£840), while her third prize home-bred ram lamb made 1,300gns (£1,365) on joining James Bailey, who runs the Ivanhoe flock at Hunton, Bedale.

Top price honours at 2,300gns (£2,415) fell to the first prize shearling ewe, female champion and reserve supreme champion from show debutants Anne and Peter Moss, who run the Holmebeck flock at Ewebank Farm, Rokeby, Barnard Castle, and have been breeding Beltex for 12 years.

Anne Moss, with her CCM Skipton Beltex reserve supreme champion and top price shearling ewe, joined by judge Simon Blandford and co-sponsor Robert Garth, of JG Animal Health.

Anne Moss, with her CCM Skipton Beltex reserve supreme champion and top price shearling ewe, joined by judge Simon Blandford and co-sponsor Robert Garth, of JG Animal Health.

By Whitehill Playboy, out of the home-bred Holmebeck Nefertiti, the day’s leading performer on price fell to Red Rose breeder Andrew Wood, of Withy Trees Farm, Whittingham, Preston, who also acquired the second and third prize shearling ewes.

Mr Wood, managing director of groundwork and plant hire firm AJ Wood & Sons, only started breeding Beltex last year and acquired the 4,300gns ram lamb Woodies Storm, a full brother to the 12,500gns Woodies Snoop Dog, both again from Scotland’s Stuart Wood. His three prize-winning Skipton females will be put to Woodies Storm and Mr Wood, who now has a 12-strong Beltex flock, is hoping for some quality lambs with show potential.

The annual gathering attracted a total entry of 201 Beltex, comprising five aged rams; 96 shearling rams; 27 lamb rams; 13 aged ewes; 55 shearling ewes and eight ewe lambs. All but one of the class selling averages showed a distinct improvement on last year’s corresponding fixture.

The second prize shearling ram and reserve male champion was presented by Anne Story, of the Borderesk flock in Hobbiesburn, Longtown, Carlisle. Borderesk Shambles is by Anne’s 10,000gns acquisition Airyolland Nailer, bred at New Luce in the southern uplands of Scotland by Neale and Janet McQuistin, out of the home-bred Borderesk Pipe Dream. He sold for 1,600gns (£1,680) to Thomas Wood’s Birstwith flock near Harrogate.

Anne also stepped forward with the fourth prize shearling ram, another home-bred Airyolland Nailer son, which made 1,100gns (£1,155) on joining MJ Daniels & Son, of Norwich.

Reserve female champion was the second prize shearling ewe from the North Craven Rathbone flock of Michael Davis in Eldroth. Rathbone Saphire, supreme champion at this year’s Beltex Progeny Show and third in class at the Great Yorkshire, is by Rathbone Leader, out of Rathbone Ladette. She was the second Andrew Wood acquisition at 1,550gns (£1,627.50).

Michael, who figured prominently among the prizes, also sold other shearling ram entries at 900gns and 800gns.

Northern Beltex Club chairman Mark Jennings, who runs the Hallcrake flock at Crakehall, Selside, Kendal, presented the first prize February-born ram lamb, Hallcrake Troubadour, by the 6,500gns Artnagullion Ringmaster. The red rosette winner fell for 800gns (£840) to JG&H Lewis, of Hainworth, Keighley.

Cleveland breeder Neil Noble, of Guisborough, was a double red rosette winner. His Hillview flock was responsible for the first prize aged ram, Whatmore Rain Man, a 2011-born son of Black Mountain Mincemeat, sold for top price in class of 1,100gns (£1,155) to Robert Towers, of Farleton, Lancaster, a multiple prime lamb champion and prize winner at Skipton.

Neil also presented the first and second prize ewe lambs, the former the first prize gimmer lamb and reserve champion at this year’s Ryedale Show, along with the second prize ram lamb, by his first prize Whatmore Rain Man. Both sold for 520gns (£546) and 380gns (£399) respectively to the same Lancashire buyer, Jimmy Wood, of Dutton, Longridge. Mr Wood is managing director of Bowland Foods, regular purchasers of top-notch prime lambs at Skipton.

The pick of the aged ewes came from defending Skipton champion George Cropper’s Hudhey pedigree flock in Baxenden, Accrington. His 2011-born Woodies Rise Above, also bred in Scotland by Stuart Wood and a son of Ryder Pavarotti, taking first prize in class.

Mr Cropper, also supreme champion at the 2011 Skipton Beltex show, is a retail butcher. He was also responsible for this year’s third prize shearling ewe, which again joined Andrew Wood for 800gns (£840).

Skipton breeder Chris Windle, a partner at Windle Beech Winthrop, figured prominently among the leading prices when three shearling rams from his Cavendish flock sold at 1,050gns to Silsden’s Simon Bennett, 1,000gns to J Fawcett & Son, of Marske, Redcar, and 850gns to R&A Smith, of Billington and Langhoe in the Ribble Valley.

Another local breeder Stuart Currie, who runs the Beautry flock in Rathmell, also sold shearling rams at 900gns and 850gns, while the Skelton Whin flock of Thomas and Judith Hunter in Hunmanby, Filey, reserve supreme champions last year, sold two shearling rams at 900gns each at the latest renewal.

Apart from shearling rams, which averaged £585.71 per head this year, compared to the previous year’s £623.17, all other averages were up on the 2012 fixture, as follows: Gimmer lambs £420 (2012 £236.25), shearling gimmers £445.73 (£409.86), aged ewes £417.90 (£246) ram lambs £475.65 (£426.85), aged rams– £609 (£462).

Show results:
Aged Ram – 1 PN&VJ Noble (Hillview, Guisborough), 2 J Allison (Badgerstone, Chop Gate, Middlesborough).

Shearling ram – 1 KCB Shuttleworth (Heber Park, Gargrave), 2 A Story (Borderesk, Longtown, Carlisle), 3 J Bailey (Ivanhoe, Hunton, Bedale).

Ram lamb – 1 M&E Jennings (Hallcrake, Selside, Kendal), 2 PN&VJ Noble, 3 KCB Shuttleworth.

Aged Ewe – 1 GJ Cropper (Hudhey, Baxenden), 2 & 3 S Forshaw (Meadowside, Alston, Longridge).

Shearling ewe – 1 P&A Moss (Holmebeck, Rokeby, Barnard Castle), 2 MR&JE Davis (Rathbone, Eldroth), 3 GJ Cropper.

Ewe lamb – 1&2 PN&VJ Noble, 3 MR&JE Davis.

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