Bluefaced Leicester females peaked at 1,300gns at Skipton’s show and sale last week (Jan 29).
Clinching their third successive championship and earning the day’s top price was David and Robin Booth’s Smearsett flock, Feizor, with their first prize gimmer hogg, by their stock tup C1 Shafthill and out of an M1 Stargreen daughter. She sold to C Davies, Derbyshire.
Next best at 700gns was a second prize gimmer hogg from the same home. She is a full sister to the champion and was also knocked down to C Davies, who also paid 300gns for a second prize ewe from Joe and Nancy Throup, who run the Chelker flock in Draughton. The homebred two shear is in lamb with triplets to a Tympany Gill tup.
Reserve champion was the first prize ewe from the Oddacres flock of John and Claire Mason in Embsay. The home-bred two-shear comes from some of the renowned flock’s best breeding lines, being by Y5 Oddacres, out of a dam sired by the Booth family’s well thought-of Z7 Smearsett.
Scanned with a single lamb to Low Tipalt A4, the runner-up sold locally for 370gns to the Ilkley Moor flock of Ellis Bros, Addingham Moorside.