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Dalesbred Chairman Lands Breed Honours at Wether Lamb Sale

Swaledale and Dalesbred wether lambs turned out for their annual shows at Skipton Auction Mart. (Wed, Oct 2)

The first prize pen of 25 Dalesbreds came from JM Wilson & Son, of Crimple Head Farm, Beckwithshaw, who hosted this summer’s highly successful annual NSA North Sheep showcase.

Pictured with the first prize pen of Dalesbred wether lambs at CCM Skipton are, from left, co-sponsor Robert Garth, of JG Animal Health, exhibitor David Wilson, judge Mike Corwood, and co-sponsor Gavin Haworth, of JACS.

Pictured with the first prize pen of Dalesbred wether lambs at CCM Skipton are, from left, co-sponsor Robert Garth, of JG Animal Health, exhibitor David Wilson, judge Mike Corwood, and co-sponsor Gavin Haworth, of JACS.

Shown by David Wilson, who is chairman of Dalesbred Sheep Breeders’ Association, the victors, all by a mix of stock rams, sold for £35.50 per head to Watson Livestock in Hellifield.

The Wilsons were also responsible for the third prize pen, acquired at £30 each by Thomas Atkins, of Oakworth, who also paid £29 per head for the second prize pen from 2012 victor Richard Close, of Starbotton. The overall Dalesbred average was £30.61 per head.

Pictured with the first prize pen of Swaledale wether lambs at CCM Skipton are, from left, co-sponsor Robert Garth, of JG Animal Health, exhibitor Andrew Ogden’s shepherd Sam Booker, judge Mike Corwood, and co-sponsor Gavin Haworth, of JACS.

Pictured with the first prize pen of Swaledale wether lambs at CCM Skipton are, from left, co-sponsor Robert Garth, of JG Animal Health, exhibitor Andrew Ogden’s shepherd Sam Booker, judge Mike Corwood, and co-sponsor Gavin Haworth, of JACS.

The red rosette-winning pen of 25 Swaledale wethers was shown by mart regular, Cowling’s Andrew Ogden, and made £40 per head when knocked down to the show judge, Cheshire’s Mike Corwood, of Nantwich, a regular store lamb buyer at Skipton. Swaledales averaged £29.90 each.

Sponsored by JG Animal Health, JACS Trade & DIY Warehouse, and KIK ATV, the show formed part of CCM Skipton’s fortnightly store lambs sale, when 6,291 head of sheep achieved an overall selling average of £52.92 each, virtually identical to the corresponding fixture in 2012, though dearer than the last fortnightly sale.

Beltex had the pick of the trade, averaging £59.43 per head, with joint highs of £66 for pens from JH Wood, of Dutton, and Andrew Haggas, of Otterburn. Charollais were next best when averaging £56.15 each, top price of £58.50 falling to Thorlby’s John and Alison Spensley, who also presented the top price Suffolk pen at £59.50 per head. The breed average was £54.03.

Texels averaged £55.34 each, with another joint £66 high for a pen consigned by Hunters Oak Farm in Burnley. Mules sold well to top at £60 for a pen from J&T Simpson, of Malham, averaging £50.76 per head. Other breed averages were: Lonk £47.50, Masham £43.50 and Cheviot £42.01.

Texels led the trade in the gimmer lamb classes, selling to an overall average of £67.53 each, with top prices of £89 and £85 for two pens from RA&M Earnshaw, of Flasby. Beltex averaged £62.79, Andrew Haggas again leading the way with a £66 high. Suffolk gimmer lambs averaged £57.51 and Cheviots £54.80

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