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History Repeats Itself at Skipton Dalesbred Ram Show

A repeat championship-winning and buying double was witnessed at the annual Dalesbred Sheep Breeders’ Association show and sale of shearling and aged rams at Skipton Auction Mart. (Tues, Oct 19)

Alison Haygarth with the Skipton Dalesbred ram champion.

Dalesbred ram champion

Title winner for the second year running was a home-bred shearling ram from Godfrey Haygarth, of Aigden Farm, Wigglesworth, which was bought for the second consecutive year by Wilfred Huck, of Silsden, for 350gns (£367.50) – 150gns more than the 2009 victor’s selling price.

The 2010 champion, still well up to his work as a seven-year-old, is by a Haygarth tup that clinched Dalesbred honours at Kilnsey Show as a shearling.

Mr Haygarth also clinched third prize in class, the ram bought for 150gns (£157.50) by A Chadwick, of Haversage, Chesterfield.

Top price in show at 400gns (£420) fell to the second prize shearling ram from John and Jean Bradley, of Penny Grange Farm, Giggleswick, Settle – Jean is secretary of the Dalesbred Sheep Breeders’ Association and John serves on the committee.

Their home-bred ram – the sire was acquired from John Greenwood, of Rishworth, Halifax - remained in North Yorkshire when joining J Clarke, of Woodvale, Leyburn.

The Bradleys were also responsible for the first prize aged ram, a two-shear that headed the class prices at 280gns (£294) when acquired by Cumbrian breeder J A Bennett, of Long Sleddale, Kendal.

The second and third prize aged rams were exhibited by David Wilson, Beckwithshaw, and Richard Close, Starbotton.

New homes were successfully found for all 50 entries. Aged rams averaged £123 and shearlings £90.

Former Skipton Auction Mart foreman Royston Baxter presented his own annual trophy. Show judges were Christine Scott, Slaidburn, and Keith Pilkington, Rimington, with sponsors Allflex and Forum Animal Health.

Jean Bradley said the Dalesbred Sheep Breeders’ Association had been delighted to win the breed stand competition at Scotsheep 2010 in June, boosted by comments from the judge, Countryfile’s Adam Henson, that the association was both innovative and forward thinking.

“Membership of the association is on the up. More people are taking a look at Dalesbred sheep because they will cross with virtually any breed – for example, to produce quality Mule or continental lambs,” explained Mrs Bradley.

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