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Crisp Championship Double at Swaledale Ram Highlight

The Crisp farming family from Calton clinched a memorable championship and reserve championship double at the annual evening show and sale of Swaledale rams at Skipton Auction Mart. (Mon, Oct 7)

Former CCM Farmer of the Year Robert Crisp, of Nelson House, secured the title with his first prize shearling ram, by a Lunesdale-based Martin Wilson Arngill House sire, out of an ewe by a Tennant Gill-sired ram bred by Malham Moor’s Bill Cowperthwaite.

Pictured with the Skipton Swaledale ram principles are, from left, Anthony Crisp and the champion, judge Lee White, Robert Crisp, and Natalie Crisp and the reserve champion.

Pictured with the Skipton Swaledale ram principles are, from left, Anthony Crisp and the champion, judge Lee White, Robert Crisp, and Natalie Crisp and the reserve champion.

The victor, shown by Mr Crisp’s nephew Anthony Crisp, also became the leading performer on price when selling for 2,000gns (£2,100) to South Yorkshire hill farmer Harold Smith, of Home Farm, Carlecotes, Dunford Bridge.

The same buyer also paid the second top call in show of 1,800gns (£1,890) for the reserve champion, a 2-shear ram same way bred as the title-winner, from Mr Crisp’s daughter Natalie, who had only recently returned from a working holiday in New Zealand.

The two principals will be put to work on Mr Smith’s flock of 500 Swaledale ewes high in the Peak District. He is a member and former vice-chairman of Dunford Bridge Parish Council.

Austwick’s James Huck achieved 1,200gns with a 6-shear ram bred by Chris Akrigg in Cray, which returned to North Craven with Ribblehead’s Jeff Pickles.

Bordley’s Kevin Huck was responsible for the second prize shearling ram, by a Low Crossgill ram from Joe Nattrass in Garrigill, Cumbria. It sold for 900gns to R&A White, of Bamford in the Derbyshire Peak District’s Hope Valley.

Breed mainstay Roy Nelson, from Bordley, again stepped forward with his traditionally strong pen of rams. The pick of them, by an Alan Bennett Hollins ram from Dockray in Cumbria, won the best conformation show class and sold locally for 1,200gns to WB Woodsworth in Storiths. Mr Nelson sold further shearling rams at 550gns and 500gns, along with four aged rams from 450gns to a high of 800gns.

Malham’s Gary Lodge sold a shearling ram sired by a John Bland tup, out of a Skidmore ewe, for 850gns to Alan Greenwood, of Trawden, while Rachel Booth and father-in-law David, from Feizor, sold a shearling ram by a £26,000 sire from Paul Hallam’s Derbyshire flock, out of a Helbeck ewe, for 800gns to H Horsefield & Son, of Foulridge.

The third prize shearling ram from Jonathan Cowperthwaite, of Eldroth, made 550gns when joining W Brass & Son, of Chopgate, while the second prize aged ram from Chris Ryder, of Blubberhouses, returned to his place of origin with Kevin Wilson following a successful 400gns bid. Neil Heseltine, of Malham Moor, presented the third prize aged ram, bought for 380gns by MJ&JA Alpe, of Whitewell.

Solid trade was seen for the 102-strong entry, with shearling rams averaging £385.95 per head, well up on last year’s £238, overall and aged rams £293.22 (£445 in 2012).

Show judge was Lee White, from Bamford. The title winner was presented with both the Robert Young Perpetual Challenge Trophy and the M & J Spensley Trophy, with the leading aged ram receiving the Stephen HK Butcher Trophy.

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