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Crimple Head Tops Skipton Pedigree Texel Sale

Twin highlights at the Northern Area Texel Sheep Breeders’ 36th annual two-day show and sale of pedigree rams and females at Skipton Auction Mart were a top price of 4,500gns for a shearling ram from Richard Wilson’s Crimple Head flock and a supreme championship success for Steve Richardson’s Stonebridge flock. (Sept 14 & 15)

Mr Wilson, of Beckwithshaw, Harrogate, took top call with his second prize winner, the March, 2016, Crimple Head Your The Man, who was among four first crop shearling rams in his pen by the Parkholme Telegram Sam son, Parkholme Van Dyke, bred by Thirsk’s Graham Taylor and purchased out of the Skipton sale two years ago.

Pictured at the 2017 Skipton pedigree Texel highlight with judge Richard Wilson are, from left, Steve Richardson and the supreme champion, James Robinson with Peter Woof’s reserve supreme champion, Luke Lodge and the female champion, and Spiros Spyrou with the reserve female champion.

Pictured with judge Richard Wilson are, from left, Steve Richardson and the supreme champion, James Robinson with Peter Woof’s reserve supreme champion, Luke Lodge and the female champion, and Spiros Spyrou with the reserve female champion.
pic: Adrian Legge Photography

Mr Wilson, the fourth generation of the Wilson sheep farming family – they are also renowned for their Dalesbred hill sheep – established his flock a decade ago and now runs 55 breeding ewes, along with a Texel-cross holding.

He is also a contract sheep shearer. “That’s how I first became interested in Texels while shearing them for Mark Keighley in Leathley and in Hellifield for John Mellin. I bought my first ram lamb from the Keighleys’ Manderlea flock and my first tup at Skipton – a son of the 2015 Great Yorkshire breed champion and reserve interbreed, Lakeside Thunderbird - from the Mellin family’s Hull House flock in partnership with Green Hammerton’s Derek Pickles.

“I focus only on natural breeding techniques and concentrate on producing shearling-makers for both the pedigree and commercial markets,” explained Mr Wilson, who rates his top price performer as the best tup he has ever bred. In fact, Your The Man had already made his mark in the show arena, finishing first at this year’s Otley Show and fourth in class at the Great Yorkshire.

Out of an Arkle Underdog-sired ewe from David Towell Moor Top flock, the classy ram fell to one of Mr Wilson’s early mentors, John Mellin, who said he was looking to introduce new bloodlines into his celebrated local flock, which he runs with his wife Linda and son Duncan. It was established in 1979 and now comprises 200 breeding ewes.

“He is a valuable acquisition. I liked him when I first saw him at the Great Yorkshire Show and he has done well since. He is a good balanced ram,” said Mr Mellin. Mr Wilson’s three other shearlings sold at 1,100gns, 1,000gns and 750gns, producing a pen total of 7,350gns and an overall selling average of £1,929.

Steve Richardson, a former Northern Area chairman who runs his pedigree flock at Mount Pleasant Farm, Great Houghton, near Barnsley, was crowned supreme champion with his February, 2016, Stonebridge Ya Belter, which first won its show class and the male championship, before being tapped out as best in show by pre-sale show judge Richard Wilson, of Eden Valley Texels in Appleby.

“He really stood out for me, a big, massive and powerful sheep, with shape, size and power - and an unbelievable carcase,” said Mr Wilson.

The title winner had already proved his mettle in the show arena, standing second this year at both the Lincolnshire and Great Yorkshire Shows. By Newbie Mains Winston, a 6,000gns tup acquired in 2015 and shared by a four-strong syndicate of breeders, the victor is out of one of the best-ever ewes in the Stonebridge flock, an ET daughter of Allanfauld Rockafella. The 2017 supreme sold for 2,000gns to NG Bailey & Co, of Denton Park, near Ilkley.

In addition, Mr Richardson claimed the runners-up slot in the Signet recorded shearling ram show class with Stonebridge Your The One, a full brother to his supreme champion. This one sold for 1,200gns.

The Stonebridge flock, which also clinched the Skipton supreme championship in 2008 and the reserve championship in 2015, was established in 1994 and now comprises 30 breeding ewes. Mr Richardson also keeps pigs - 300 Landrace and Large White Duroc breeding sows, growing, milling and mixing grain for them on his own 300-acre arable farm.

The first prize ram lamb, reserve male champion and reserve supreme champion came from Cumbrian show regular Peter Woof, who runs the Stainton flock at Storth End Farm, near Kendal. He described his first-time shown Stainton Amplify as “the best lamb I have ever bred out of the best ewe in the flock.”

He is by the 32,000gns Hexel Wildcard, bought and now shared by a syndicate of six in 2015, out of a home-bred daughter of Sportsmans Tremendous 11. Mr Woof, who at last year’s highlight achieved top price of 2,600gns with another ram lamb, saw his latest leading performer fall for 1,500gns to Skipton regulars TB Moorhouse & Son, of Dacre.

The same vendor also achieved 1,400gns with a second ram lamb, Stainton Anitbody, a February-born son of his own Stainton Wasdale, by Anglezarke Uno, out of a dam again sired by Sportsmans Tremendous 11.

Mr Woof established his flock in the late 1980s and currently runs 40 breeding ewes. He, too, is a well-known pig breeder, running Saddleback sows with a Pietrain boar and selling their meat mainly to local hotels and restaurants. A man of many parts, he also owns Laund Road Garage in Kendal.

While David Towell, the 2015 supreme champion, gave the show arena a miss this year, his Moor Top flock on Glusburn Moor was yet again one of the leading performers on price in the shearling ram section with an eight-strong pen, in which two March, 2016, sons of his Moor Top Wildfire, starred to each make 3,500gns, joint second top price.

First up was Moortop Yahoo, out of a dam by the 3,500gns Moor Top Star, which found a new home in Cumbria with the Brontemoor flock of the Priestley family, who farm in Kirkambeck, Brampton, while the second, Moor Top Ya Belter, out of a daughter of Moor Top Union Jack, joined Angela Nairey’s Meinspride flock at Luisey, Blackburn.

Wildfire is himself a son of Wigglesworth Spellbound, purchased at Skipton several years ago by Mr Towell and who has since performed with great distinction for the breeder, being responsible for both his supreme champion and top price shearling rams two years ago. Spellbound continues to perform his magic and was responsible for half of this year’s pen, which sold to an overall average of £1,076.

Back in the show classes, the first prize recorded shearling ram came from the Cumbrian-based Woodhow flock of David Nesbitt, who farms at Wasdale, near Seascale. His March, 2016, Woodhow You Beauty, breed champion and reserve interbreed at Gosforth this year, is by the Sportsmans Supreme son, Cambwell Trademark, from Robert Laird’s Biggar flock.

Mr Nesbitt, supreme champion at Skipton back in 2012, purchased the dam in-lamb to the renowned Goldies Supreme from the Jackson family’s Rugley flock in Alnwick. Goldies Supreme was himself bought for 10,500gns by Mr Nesbitt and has done extremely well for both the breeder and the breed in general.

“We bought the ewe back from the Jacksons in a two-way deal,” explained Mr Nesbitt, who saw her son, who is now in the top 1% of the breed, sell locally for top price in class of 2,100gns to Cracoe’s John Carlisle. He said it was the one he really wanted.

Mr Nesbitt also caught the eye with a brace of prize-winning ram lambs. He hit 1,000gns with his third prize recorded ram lamb, Woodhow Aramis, a February-born son of Stainton Vintage 11, bred by Peter Woof, out of a Brackenridge Underdog-sired ewe. His fifth prize Woodhow Adonis., another February-born by Drumgooland Yabba Dabba, out of a Goldies Supreme-sired dam, sold for 800gns.

Shearling ram trade was strong. Procters Farm in Slaidburn made 1,800gns with Tatham Hall Yerman, a March, 2016, son of Llangwm Wario, out of a Grey Peel Rambo-sired dam, with the Saint Johns flock of AJ Chapman in Hempholme, near Driffield, hitting 1,700gns with its 2017 Ryedale Show champion, Saint Johns Yorick, a March, 2016, son of Saint Johns Thor, out of a Brookhill Talisman 1-sired ewe.

A brace of shearling rams from Peter Longdin’s Wellingley flock in Tickhill, near Doncaster, also made four figures. His March, 2016, Wellingley Ya Belter, by Tullylagan Wizard, out of a ewe sired by Douganhill Olympain and a third prize winner at both the Lincolnshire and Great Yorkshire Shows this year, went under the hammer at 1,500gns.

Mr Longdin also achieved 1,000gns with his fourth prize winner in the shearling ram show class, Loxley Yorkshire, who was the champion Texel at this year’s Newark & Notts Show.  He is a February, 2016, son of Milnbank Vilanova, out of a Garngour Patriot-sired dam.

The first prize shearling ewe and female champion was produced from the Heyworth Lodge flock of mother and son, Jennifer and Luke Lodge, who farm in South Yorkshire at Moseley Grange, Moss, Doncaster, and started their now 40-strong breeding flock in 1989.

Their first-time shown February, 2016, ET daughter of Red Rose breeder David Houghton’s highly regarded Tophill Union Jack, is out of a dam sired also by Sportsmans Tremendous 11, said to be his best in the flock – she won first prize at Lincolnshire County Show in 2015. The ewe became the top price female when selling for 1,500gns to Steve and Janet Symes, who run the Anglezarke flock in Chorley. The Lodges also three further shearling ewes at 800gns.

Reserve female champion was the second prize shearling ewe from another former Northern Area chairman and 2013 Skipton supreme champion, Calderdale’s Spiros Spyrou, who runs his Gib Farm pedigree flock in Hebden Bridge.

She is a February, 2016, daughter of Hexel Wildcard – Mr Spyrou is also one of the sire owners’ syndicate - out of a home bred Deveronvale Superb-sired dam who is a full sister to the 2013 title winner. The reserve female sold for 1,000gns, again to the Symes family, who are looking to introduce new bloodlines into their well-known flock.

The couple were also in action in the sale ring, when their February-born ram lamb, Anglezarke Appollo, by Tophill Wall Street, out of a Glenside Vavroom-sired dam, soared to a section top of 1,900gns on joining the Keighley family’s Manderlea flock in Wharfedale. They also made 1,000gns with a second February-born ram lamb, Anglezarke Aztec, again by Tophill Wall Street, out of a ewe by Knock Trident.

Another shearling ram to catch the eye at 1,400gns was the fourth prize winner in the recorded class from the Lucas family’s Fimber flock near Driffield. Their December, 2016, Fimber Yellowstone Park is by Drinkstone Top Scot, out of a Brackenridge Strongbow-sired dam.

John Mellin was himself represented at the Skipton showcase with some strong tups, the pick of which was his fourth prize ram lamb, Hull House Amaretto, a February-born son of Langside Thunderbird Gal, out of a Garngour Vodka-sired ewe. It joined David Prince’s Stonedge flock near Chesterfield, at 1,100gns.

For the second year in succession, the ewe lamb show class was won by local breeder Alan Harker, whose runs his Bendgate flock in Long Preston. His home-bred February-born charge, second in class at this year’s Kilnsey Show, then first prize female at Bentham, is by Drumgooland You Bet, bought last year as a ram lamb.

Out of a Strathbogie Top Gun-sired ewe, the red rosette winner sold for a class-leading 550gns to GR&RA Surtees in Lancaster. Mr Harker also presented the fourth prize ewe lamb, sold for 320gns.

Females were sold after the Friday evening show. Other notable shearling ewe sales included a trio at 750gns – one from Sam and Sarah Beachell, who run the Samsar flock at Beswick Hall, Driffield, another from Spyros Spyrou, the other from David Towell.

Again among the prizes when finishing runner-up in both the ram lamb and recorded ram lamb show classes with a brace of February-borns was last year’s supreme champion, Jennifer Aiken, who runs the Coniston flock at Moss House Farm, Wennington.

The former, Procters Aviva, by Teiglum Young Gun, out of an Anglezarke Uno-sired dam, made 700gns, while the latter, the Strathbogie Ya Belter son, Procters Athletico, out of a dam by Sportsmans Scania, fell for 550gns. Mrs Aiken also sold shearling rams to a top of 850gns.

Up-and-coming 18-year-old Hellifield teenager William Watson continues to perform well with his Gillians Laithee flock, which claimed both second and third prizes in the ewe lamb show class with two home-bred February-born daughters of another Sportsmans Tremendous 11 son, Kaker Mill War House. The runner-up made 400gns, the other 350gns.

Selling averages were up in all sections. Shearling rams averaged £761.81 per head (2016 £727.68), ram lambs £433.31(£432.29), shearling ewes £433.63 (£404.96) and ewe lambs £363.56 (£241.02).

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