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Texels Triumphant Again at Skipton Gimmer Lamb Highlight

Pure-bred Texel gimmer lambs from Glusburn’s David Towell stole the limelight for the second consecutive year at the big mid-September store lamb sale at Skipton Auction Mart. (Wed, Sept 17)

The fixture featured annual prize shows for pens of ten Continental and Suffolk gimmer lambs, with Mr Towell, of Upper Leys Farm, again successful in the former with home-bred lambs all by his own Wigglesworth Spellbound, acquired two years ago at September’s Northern Area Texel Sheep Breeders Association annual pedigree highlight.

David Towell, left, with his first prize Skipton pen of Texel gimmer lambs, joined by judge Robert Towers.

David Towell, left, with his first prize Skipton pen of Texel gimmer lambs, joined by judge Robert Towers.

The victors, which retained the Chris Hagar Trophy, rubber-stamped their choice by Red Rose show judge, Robert Towers, of Farleton, Lancaster, when going on to sell for £200 per head, the day’s highest price by some considerable margin, to Tim Jackson, of Goosnargh, Preston.

In addition, Mr Jackson paid £120 each for the second prize Continental pen from Easingwold’s Ken Gamble, a regular vendor at the sale, who also presented the runners-up last year.

In the new section for pens of Suffolk lambs, brothers Stewart and Stephen Lund, of West Farm, Litton, were responsible for the first prize show pen, all out of Mule ewes. They sold for £103 per head to Cheshire buyer TJ Burke. The Lunds also sold a further same-way bred show pen at £100 each.

Sponsored by JACS Trade & DIY Warehouse, and agricultural machinery firm Bryan Hoggarth, the show formed part of Skipton’s fortnightly store lamb sale of 7,420 head, which sold to an overall average £59.03 each.

Buyers turned out in force and all classes were good to sell. Trade for both Continental and Suffolk gimmer lambs was good, with a large company of purchasers keen to acquire decent clean-headed types with a nice skin. The best end of both breeds sold to over £90 per head, with an overall gimmer lamb average of £73.92 each.

Strong lowland lambs were into the £60’s, medium keep lambs £55-£59, and long keep lambs £48-£54. Hill-bred lambs also met with a sharp trade, especially Mules, with the 1,308 wethers averaging £51.08 per head.

James Harrison, of Weston, Otley, led the section at £55.50 for a pen of 84 head, John Harker, from Lofthouse, made £55.20 with a pen of 45, while £54.50 was twice achieved for a pen of 50 from Mark Harrison, trading as V Verity & Son, of West End, and Rosemary Berry, of Cowling, with 46 head.

Cheviot-bred lambs are becoming even more popular at Skipton, with Broomhead Estate Farms, of Bolsterstone, near Sheffield, topping at £57.80 per head.

A 10,000-strong entry is expected at the next fortnightly store lamb sale on Wednesday, October 1, which also incorporates show classes for Swaledale and Dalesbred wethers.

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