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Tim Robinson Lands Skipton Prime Lamb Title Again

Lancashire’s Tim Robinson landed back-to-back championships at the June prime lamb show at Skipton Auction Mart, following up on his first-ever title win at the previous month’s showcase. (Mon, June 2)

Mr Robinson, of Springs Farm, Dillworth Bottom, Longridge, again took the title with a pen of five 42kg Texel-cross-Beltex lambs, earlier chosen as the red rosette winners in the Continental show class.

Keelham Farm Shop’s James Robertshaw, left, checks out his Skipton June prime lamb champion acquisitions with vendor Tim Robinson.

Keelham Farm Shop’s James Robertshaw, left, checks out his Skipton June prime lamb champion acquisitions with vendor Tim Robinson.

The victors became yet another championship-winning coup for James Robertshaw, of Keelham Farm Shop in Thornton, Bradford, at £139 each, or 331p/kg, the day’s top per head and by-weight price.

Keelham Farm Shop also paid £120 each, or 285p/kg, for the first prize pen of five 42kg Down-cross lambs from Suffolk breeder and regular Skipton prize winner Mark Evans, of Steeton, who was also responsible for the second prize 43kg pen, sold for £119.50 per head to Saltaire butcher Richard Binns.

The show judge James Blenkhorn, of Otley, a regular buyer at Skipton on behalf of wholesale butchers Riley’s in Dunnockshaw, Burnley, also turned to the Continental-cross class when awarding the reserve championship to another Red Rose pen, the blue ticket holders from Skipton regular and multiple past champion Robert Towers, of Camp House Farm, Farleton, Lancaster.

Weighing in at 42kg, the Texel-cross lambs sold for £127.50 per head, or 303p/kg, to Vivers Scot Lamb in Annan, who also paid £108.50 per head for the third prize Contintental-cross pen from Elslack’s Michael and James Spensley.

New season lamb numbers hit a new high for the season to date, with the 1,004 lambs forward more than double the previous week’s turnout, illustrating just how well lambs are finishing this Spring. The overall selling average was £105.45 per head, or 268.73p/kg, with trade described as good throughout. Smart lambs around 40kg were mainly 280-300p/kg, with commercial sorts 255-275p/kg.

Skipton Auction Mart’s Ted Ogden noted: “The vast majority of lambs fell into the 36kg to 45kg bracket and attracted a near full complement of buyers. Quite a few lambs are coming forward at 32kg to 35kg, but they need to be very well fleshed, though this weight category averaged 268p/kg, or £92 per head. While numbers are relatively short, these lighter weights are attracting a good trade, but it should be stressed that they have to be well finished to achieve these prices.”

A tidy entry of 279 hoggs and mature hoggs sold to a very good trade, averaging almost £90 per head, or 203p/kg. Texel pens produced the day’s old season lamb highs at £121 per head from Hartwith’s Nick Dalby and 234.1p/kg from P&J Brown & Son, of Askwith, Otley.

A nice show of 327 cast sheep saw an improved cull ewe average on the week at £84 per head, with several pens of heavy lowland ewes selling between £110 and £130, the best Mules achieving £85 to £90 and strong horned ewes £60 to £70. Top call at £131.50 per head fell to a Texel pen from Kirkby Malham’s William Watson.

Cast rams averaged £79.71 each, with another Texel from H Metcalfe, of Silsden, the leading performer at £112.50.

The 30 breeding sheep forward were also good to sell, with a high of £180 for an outfit of Mule ewes and twin lambs from Alan Fothergill, of Silsden.

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