Charollais sheep breeders took centre stage for the British Charollais Sheep Society’s annual show and sale of commercial rams at Skipton.
Once again, it was Cumbrian breed mainstay and immediate past North of England chairman Richard Geldard who clinched supreme honours – for the third consecutive year with a ram lamb and an unprecedented fifth time in the past six years.
Out of a home-bred ewe sired by Galtres Favour, bred near York by Deborah Whitcher, the victor sold for 450gns (£472.50) to CR Nicholson, of Cawthorne, Barnsley. The Geldards sold two more ram lambs at 380gns (£399) and 370gns (£388.50).
One of January-born twins by Abbascombe Minder, bought by Mr Dougherty as a ram lamb, the runner-up, a second prize winner at this year’s Ryedale Show, made 420gns (£441) when joining David Baxter in Bingley.
Devon’s Harold Keast, of Coldridge Baron, Crediton, again made the long trip north to act as show judge. He was particularly taken by the strong ram lamb class and said the Geldards’ supreme champion “stood out as soon as he came into the ring.”
In the shearling ram show class, as in 2012 Mr Keast chose an entry from the Foulrice flock of breed enthusiasts Charles and Valerie Marwood in Whenby, York, as his first prize winner. The home-bred son of Langstone K2 sold for 820gns (£861), second top price in show, to T Patchett, of Leeming Bar.
The Marwoods also performed well with other entries, among them a son of Rainbow Komodo Dragon, which achieved the day’s top price of 850gns (£892.50) when selling to Richard Sandham, of East Carlton, Yeadon.
They also sold another shearling ram at 750gns (£787.50), this for a son of Wernfawr Jim also acquired by Richard Sandham, along with a ram lamb at 720gns (£756) to J Hird, of Norton, plus two further 480gns (£504) shearling rams to K&A Duncan, of Mewith, Bentham, and S Webster, of North Stainley, Ripon. A further ram lamb made 420gns (£441) on joining P Dixon, of Kirkby Stephen.
Cyril Dougherty was also in action at the ringside when paying 580gns (£609) for one of the older rams, Parkgate Logan, a December, 2010-born son of Arjane Kukri from the Skelton Whin flock of Tom and Judith Hunter in Hunmanby, Filey. The Hunters also achieved 510gns (£535.50) with a shearling ram by Foxhill Knight that fell to FC Wade & Son, of Timble, Harrogate.
Mark Worthington, who runs the Moss Side flock in Ramsbottom, made 720gns (£756) with a shearling ram by Dudston Jasper, which returned to Lancashire with Alan Parker, of Downham in the Ribble Valley.
Charles and Valerie Marwood’s daughter Deborah Whitcher, who runs the Galtres flock at Skewsby, York, was responsible for the second prize shearling ram, a home-bred son of Netherton Kaspian, which became another S Webster acquisition at 440gns (£462).
David Dennis, who has the Silton flock at Over Silton Thirsk, achieved a third prize double in both show classes, his ram lamb selling for 380gns (£399) to Durham’s R Graham and the shearling ram for 420gns (£441) to Bolton-by-Bowland’s Helen Bury.
The Wetherby-based Linton Springs flock of Samuel and Robert Tindall sold a shearling ram son on Skelton Whin Gladiator at 500gns (£525). It also fell to North Yorkshire’s T Patchett.
Overall averages at the fixture, which attracted a 68-strong entry and was sponsored by JG Animal Health, were: Aged rams £451.50, shearling rams £508.67, ram lambs £338.10.