Beltex met a solid commercial demand peaking at 2,300gns in Skipton on Saturday 7 September at the breed society’s annual sale.

Heading the trade at 2,300gns was the female and overall reserve champion, Holmbeck Sweet Heart, a yearling ewe by Whitehill Playboy and out of a homebred ewe going back to Newton Leo. Bred and exhibited by P and A Moss, Rokeby, Barnard Castle, she was knocked down sold to AJ Wood and Sons, Whittingham, Preston.

Next at 2,200gns was Heber Park Supreme Sexpot, a yearling ram who was awarded the male title before going on to claim the supreme championship. Sired by Woodies Ring A Ding and out of the 1,300gns Brickrow Luv, he was offered by KCB Shuttleworth, Gargrave, Skipton and went home with B Blandford and Sons, Ledbury.

Heading the ram lamb section at 1,300gns was Heber Park Tornado, another Ring A Ding son selling to J Bailey, Hunton, Bedale. Two more yearling ram entries by Ring A Ding were in the money for Mrs Shuttleworth. Heber Park Spunkey sold for 900gns to AR Lee, Edlingham, Alnwick, whilst Heber Park Silvester made 800gns to JA Drake, Carleton, Skipton.

Borderesk Shabbles, a yearling ram by Airyolland Nailer from A Story, Longtown, Carlisle secured the reserve male title and made 1,600gns to Thomas Wood, Birstwith, Harrogate. Minutes before, Borderesk Skeddadle, another Nailer son commanded a 1,100gns bid from MJ Daniels and Son, Norwich.

MR and JE Davis, Austwick, Lancaster sold their highest entry at 1,550gns to AJ Wood and Sons.  Rathbone Sophie, who was awarded the reserve female title was a yearling by Rathbone Leader, a Westerdale Jeff son. The Dooley Nissan sired Rathbone Stuart led the Davis entries in the yearling ram section at 900gns to DJ Wilson, Harome, Helmsley, whilst their Rathbone Theo, a ram lamb by Drumchapel Scooby commanded an 800gns bid from MJ White, York.

Whatmore Rain Man, a two year old ram by Black Mountain Mincemeat from PN and VJ Noble, Guisborough secured a 1,100gns bid from JD Towers and Son, Farleton, Lancaster.

Three yearling rams were in the money for C Windle, Skipton. Cavendish Silvester, a Buckles Looks Liketrouble son led at 1,050gns to SD Bennett, Silsden.  The Pioneer Rooney sired Cavendish Stockton sold for 1,000gns to J Fawcett and Son, Marske, Redcar, whilst Cavendish Stephen, another Rooney son went to R and A Smith, Langhoe, for 850gns.

Heading a run of yearling rams at 900gns from S Currie, Rathmell, Settle was Beautry Santander, a Rathbone Leader son to JT Wainwright, Poynton, Stockport. Another Leader son, Beautry Sabre sold for 800gns to CM Ryder, Blubberhouses, Otley. whilst the Leader Beautry Seneca commanded 850gns from PW Simpson, Wigglesworth, Skipton.

Two yearling rams Skelton Whin Saint Thomas and Skelton Whin Seaview from T Hunter, Hunmanby, Filey were both knocked down sold at 900gns each to R Hague, Deepcar, Sheffield.

Three more entries shared an 800gns price tag. First to go was Tosh Show Waddy Waddy, a yearling ram by Ballydown Magnus from J and E Hedley, Thorne, Doncaster to F and P Fieldon, Todmorden. Next was the first prize ram lamb, Hallcrake Troubador by the 6,500gns Artangullion Ringmaster from M and E Jennings,Selside, Kendal  to JG Lewis, Hainworth, Keighley.

The final 800gns call was made by AJ Wood and Sons for Hudhey Slip Knot, a yearling ewe by Woodies Razzmatazz and out of a Brickrow bred dam from G Cropper, Baxenden, Accrington.

Averages: females: 6 lambs £420.00; 43 yearlings £445.73; 10 aged £417.90; rams: 20 lambs £475.65; 87 yearlings £585.71; 4 aged £609.00.
Auctioneers: CCM