Last week’s sale of Masham ewe lambs at Skipton saw a top price of £270/head paid for the champions from the pre-sale show, a pen of 10 lambs from Roland and David Verity, Bouthwaite, Ramsgill, with these selling to Keith Liddle, Stainburn, Otley.

The Veritys, who sold a total of 70 lambs, were also responsible for the second prize Masham pen, which sold at £135 each to Frank Tomlinson, Wigton, Cumbria. The 350 Masham lambs forward averaged £93.09, an increase of £10.61 on 2010.

John and Sarah Tennant, Low Bucker House Farm, Bordley, achieved a championship hat-trick in the Swaledale gimmer class, retaining the Craven Cattle Marts Trophy for the third year in succession.

These sold at £230 a head – the exhibitor’s highest ever price at the show – to judges Mr and Mrs Bernard Simpson, Pateley Bridge.

The Simpsons also bought the second prize pen of Swaledales from Kevin Huck, Bordley at £135 each. The 1,110+ Swaledales averaged £65.24.

More than 4300 Mule gimmer lambs were sold at the season’s third open show and sale, with the championship falling to Joe and Nancy Throup, Berwick Intake Farm, Draughton, who were following up on their title-winning peformance at the second annual North of England Mule Sheep Association gimmer lamb show at Skipton the previous month.

The victorious pen sold at  £145 each when joining Derbyshire buyer Matt Tomlinson, Muggington. These were just pipped for top price by a pen from John and Claire Mason, Embsay, which made £146 per head. Mules averaged £82.86 a head.

In the Continentals show class, the first and second prize pens were shown by Ken Gamble, Easingwold. Both fell to Heather Stoney, of Bewerley, Pateley Bridge at £104 and £106 respectively, the latter being top price in class. Continentals averaged £71.36 (+£7.32 on 2010). (Craven Cattle Marts).