2014-05-07   facebook twitter rss

Brown Beltex Best at Skipton Breeding Sheep Highlight

Skipton Auction Mart’s busy May Day bank holiday sales calendar again featured the annual sale of breeding sheep, attracting a strong turnout of 2,540 hoggs and lambs, and geld gimmer hoggs, the largest entry seen for several years.

Martin and Val Brown, of Newton-le-Willows, Bedale, sold several top call performers, heading the day’s prices by some considerable margin with a single Beltex ewe with twin lambs knocked down for a resounding £400 to east coast buyer Mike Allen, of Saltburn, who also paid £320 for a further Brown Beltex with a single lamb.

Richard Hanson with his 1st prize Mule hoggs and lambs

Richard Hanson with his 1st prize Mule hoggs and lambs

As in previous years, Skipton’s John Stapleton proved a stand-out performer in the show arena, repeating his 2013 first prize successes in the class for five Continental hoggs with lambs at foot, also presenting the runners-up. His two pens – both Texels with Beltex-cross single lambs – sold at £255 and £250 per outfit to the same buyer, Cheshire’s David Jackson, of Ashton-by-Budworth

Mr Stapleton was also responsible for the first prize pen of Continental-cross geld hoggs, his ten-strong Texel consignment selling for £138 per head to RH Chamley, of Steeton, just pipped at £140 for the second prize pen from Silsden Moor’s Simon Bennett. The buyers were P&AN Simpson, of Dacre. Mr Bennett was also responsible for the top price £172 per head pen of geld gimmer hoggs.

Top price in the show classes fell to the third prize pen of Continental hoggs with lambs from Derbyshire vendor Steve Buckley, of Buxton, which made £285 per outfit on joining A Lawson & Son in Tadcaster. Mr Buckley also sold a single Beltex shearling with twin lambs for £300 to Stephen Breare, of Silsden.

Thomas Boothman, of Linton, was again to the fore when presenting the first and second prize pens of ten Continental ewes and lambs, both Texel-cross, which sold for £260 and £220 per outfit respectively. The red rosette-winning pen of shearlings with twin lambs joined Geoff Booth in Lothersdale. Mr Boothman also chipped in with the top price £220 per head pen of Down-cross shearlings.

Richard Hanson, of Westow, near Malton, stepped up on his second prize success in the Mule hoggs and lambs show class last year by picking up the red rosette at the latest renewal. His first prize winners, all with single lambs, sold for £215 the outfit when returning to Addingham’s Richard Mawson, who actually bred the ewes, selling them as gimmer lambs at Skipton’s second NEMSA sale last year. Mr Hanson also presented the third prize pen, sold for £198 to Tony Binns, of Clint. Harrogate.

Welsh vendor Ian Manning, of Wrexham, was first prize winner in the geld Mule hoggs show class, his charges falling for £130 each to R King, of Laund, bettered at £136 per head for the second prize pen from J&J Whittaker, of Laneshawbridge. They sold to Fox Farms in Clitheroe.

Also catching the eye at £335 was a Zwartble shearling with twin lambs from Tracey Sutcliffe, of Horton-in-Ribblesdale, who also sold a Zwartble ewe with single lambs at £270. Both outfits fell to Stephen Breare.

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