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Kingsland Takes Charollais Championship

The title winner also led the trade at the annual autumn show and sale of pedigree breeding females staged under the auspices of the British Charollais Sheep Society at Skipton Auction Mart. (Sat, Oct 12)

The champion was the first prize shearling ewe from the Cumbrian based Kingsland flock of John Stott Jnr. in Crosscrake, Stainton, Kendal. An embryo transfer out of a Lionel Organ ewe by Tymaen Knobby, who has bred lambs to 1,600gns, the January, 2012-born victor was first prize winner at this year’s Westmorland County Show. She sold for the top call of 750gns to Neville Smith, of Lothersdale, a regular buyer at the fixture.

John Stott Jnr with his Skipton shearling ewe champion, joined by judge Cecil Thomas

John Stott Jnr with his Skipton shearling ewe champion, joined by judge Cecil Thomas

The 2012 show champion Cyril Dougherty, who runs the Shamrock pedigree flock at Kirby Misperton, Malton, was again prominent when presenting the reserve champion, the first prize ewe lamb, a December-born embryo daughter of Kingsland Leading Light, acquired for £5,200, out of a dam that cost £2,500. The grand dam, Parkgate Hottie, was champion of champions at the Highland Show.

Mr Dougherty, who was also reserve champion at the annual British Charollais Sheep Society commercial rams sale at Skipton last month, left the showing of his latest runner-up in the capable hands of his eight-year-old daughter Molly. The lamb, first in the pairs class at this year’s Masham Sheep Fair, sold for 350gns to CCM regular Robert Towers, of Farleton, Lancaster.

Second top price in show of 600gns fell to the fourth prize shearling ewe from breed mainstays Charles and Valerie Marwood, whose Foulrice flock is based at Whenby, York. Shown successfully as an ewe lamb, the Wernfawr Jim daughter, scanned in-lamb to twins by Langstone K2, was acquired by J Davies in Stoke-on-Trent.

Mr Davies was also the successful bidder for two other Marwood prize winners, the second and fourth prize ewe lambs at 500gns and 400gns respectively. The runner-up is by the home-bred H13 son Foulrice Majestic, with the fourth in class sired by Castellau Krypton.

Mr and Mrs Marwood also sold a second shearling ewe, one of a ten-strong consignment, for 480gns, plus four further ewe lambs at between 200gns and 300gns.

The Welsh-based Gwyndy flock of Colin Bowen, from Llandeloy, Haverfordwest In Pembrokeshire, was responsible for the first and second prize ewes, both by home-bred rams and both in-lamb. The runner-up sold for 250gns to Kenton Foster, who runs the Fosters pedigree flock in Leyburn and is chairman of Region 3 of the British Charollais Sheep Society.

Mr Bowen also presented the third prize shearling ewe, by Foulrice Leroy and scanned in-lamb to triplets by Gwyndy Kadinsky, which sold for 300gns, again to Lothersdale’s Neville Smith. The second prize shearling ewe from Scottish breeders W&C Ingram, of Pitcaple, Inverurie in Aberdeenshire, made 320gns on joining Robert Tindall in Wetherby.

The remaining prize winner was the third placed ewe lamb from Red Rose breeders RA&A Whitehead, of Samlesbury. It sold for 200gns to JR Gornall, of Chipping, Preston. The Whiteheads also sold a second ewe lamb at the same price.

The sale attracted an entry of 92 pedigree females and while the better end found new homes trade was not as brisk as previous years, with customers not having the same confidence to purchase replacement breeding stock. Shearling ewes averaged £330, ewe lambs £310 and ewes £256.

Show judge was Cecil Thomas, who runs the Wolston pedigree Charollais flock near Coventry, with the fixture sponsored by JG Animal Health.

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