Over £2000 has been donated to a local Sue Ryder Care Hospice at Keightley, West Yorkshire, following a successful charity auction of sheep where the top price was £840 for a the event’s champion – a Mule wether lamb – that passed through Skipton mart’s ring four times in one day.
Entered by Ken & Martin Throup of Woofa Bank Farm, Silsden, to Addington & District Sheep Breeders Association charity sale, the Mule had caught the eye of judge James Dewhurst of Lothersdale and first sold in the ring for £360 to Michael Spensley of Gargrave. Mr Spensley immediately pitched it back into the ring to boost the charity’s coffers.
Two other bidders similarly followed suit. Les Thackray of Mickley paid £200 for the wether before offering it for sale to be snapped up by show sponsor Chris Pearson Farm Supplies of Ingleston for £180. The four-bid run was finalised by Arthur Maude of Bradley who paid £100 culminating in a total revenue of £840.
Auctioneer John Hanson of Skipton Auction Mart sold 26 Mule wether lambs netting a total of £2044 for the Sue Ryder hospice.