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Masham Gimmer Lambs Lead The Trade

Masham gimmer lambs led the trade at Skipton Auction Mart’s annual ewe lamb show and sale, with an inaugural show class for Dales Mules also creating a great deal of interest and all but one of the main prize winners achieving three-figure selling prices. (Tues, Oct 8)

The seasonal highlight attracted a 4,354-strong entry. Nidderdale father-and-son Masham breeders Roland and David Verity, of Grange Farm, Bouthwaite, Ramsgill, landed an unprecedented sixth consecutive title at the Masham Sheep Breeders’ Association-sponsored show, their pen of ten selling for £170 per head, top price in class by a long chalk and £20 per head more than their 2012 champions.

David Verity, right, and judge John Liddle with the first prize pen of ten Masham gimmer lambs, which also achieved the day’s top price

David Verity, right, and judge John Liddle with the first prize pen of ten Masham gimmer lambs

The victors again fell to Keith Liddle, of JB Liddle & Son in Stainburn, Otley, who has bought the Verity victors for the past several years. They Veritys also presented the second prize Masham pen, acquired at £120 per head by JR Metcalfe, of Baldersby.

The third prize pen from Silsden’s A&SL Throup sold for £99 each to PB Jones, of Astley, Wigan, with the 222 head of Masham gimmers producing a good enquiry for strong lambs, which traded to an overall average of £83.08 each (-£10.16 on 2012).

The first show and sale of Dales Mule gimmer lambs – Blue Faced Leicester-x-Dalesbred – was staged purposely to cater for growing interest in the cross among Dalesbred sheep breeders following their impact at this summer’s annual NSA North Sheep showcase, staged at Crimple Head Farm, Beckwithshaw, home of Dalesbred Sheep Breeders’ Association chairman David Wilson.

Established Dalesbred breeders Joe and Trevor Stoney, of Whitewood Farm, Pateley Bridge, entered a pen of Dales Mules that so impressed at NSA North Sheep - and they again caught the eye at Skipton when taking second prize in show, before selling for £114 per head, second top price in class, to Raymond and Robert Johnson, of Felliscliffe, Harrogate.

However, the inaugural championship fell to a pen of ten Dales Mules from Jeff and Josh Ryder, of Central House Farm, Haverah Park, Harrogate. Most were sired by a ram acquired from the Walker family in Dunsop Bridge and they joined co-judge Robert Partridge, of Teignmouth in Devon, for a class-topping £118 per head.

The Ryders, who have been breeding Dales Mules for three years, became the first recipients of the Josephine Bartlett Memorial Trophy, presented by Craven Cattle Marts’ foreman Andrew Wright, on behalf of his wife Sarah and the Bartlett family. The late Mrs Bartlett, Sarah’s mother, lived in Kettlewell and was a local magistrate.

NSA North Sheep hosts JM Wilson & Son, stepped forward with the third prize pen of Dales Mules, sold for £105 apiece to Redmire’s G Rogerson. Their flock average was £95.83 per head. The 354 Dales Mules entered for the inaugural sale averaged £89.36 per head overall.

The third seasonal show and sale of North of England Mule gimmer lambs – 2,876 in total - produced trade dearer than anticipated, with the £87.90 per head average, though £12.96 down on 2012, showing only a £1 fall from the previous NEMSA fixture.

The champion pen was shown by local breeder Robert Crisp, of Nelson House, Calton. All by rams bred by Dick Burley in Wath, the red rosette winners achieved top price in class at £140 per head when joining Spiros Spyrou, of Hebden Bridge, supreme champion at last month’s annual Texel pedigree show at Skipton.

The second prize pen of Mules from E&SL Harker & Son, of Lofthouse, sold for £125 each to T Jackson & Son, of Goosnargh, with the third prize pen from Draughton’s Joe and Nancy Throup also acquired by the Felliscliffe Johnsons at £127 each.

John and Sarah Tennant, of Low Bucker House Farm, Bordley, returned to championship-winning ways in the Swaledale gimmer lamb show class. They were reserve champions last year, having won the title the previous three years. Their 2013 victors sold for £125 per head, joint top price in class, to Thresfield’s Angus Dean, who also purchased last year’s class winners.

Bordley’s Kevin Huck presented the second prize and joint top price Swaledale pen, acquired by A&C Ivinson, of Ousby in Cumbria, with the third prize pen from Ian Wilson, of Winterburn, selling for £105 to ST Gardner, of Bleasdale in the Forest of Bowland.

DA&JM Robinson, of Litton, were responsible for the highest price Swaledale pen at £155 each, which joined Wath’s Dick Burley. The Robinsons also produced an impressive flock average of £75.31 per head.

The turnout of 887 Swaledale gimmer lambs met a highly satisfactory trade, well ahead of expectations, to average £70.49 (-£8.59 on 2012).

Masham gimmers were judged by Stainburn’s John Liddle, Dales Mules by Frank Brennand, of Chapel-le-Dale, Swaledales by Robin Booth, of Feizor, while the second co-judge in the Mule classes was Peter Tucker, who also made the long journey from Tiverton in Devon.

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