Prize shows for Mule and Texel pens of ten were on the agenda at Skipton’s second annual gimmer shearling fixture.
Kelbrook’s Stuart Horn stepped up on his second prize success last year when taking red rosette honours this time around, his charges, raised at the family’s Dotcliffe Road Farm, selling for £178 a head, top price in class, to Silsden Moor’s Ken Throup.
The first prize Texel pen was consigned by Ann Myers, who trades in partnership with her two daughters, Valerie Mayes and Dianne Firenyi, West View Farm, Winksley, Ripon. They fell for the day’s top price of £190 a head to H Berry, of Bolton-by-Bowland. The same vendors also presented the top price pen at last year’s corresponding fixture.
Back with the Mules, defending champion David Coates, of Coniston Cold, who was bidding for his fifth successive title win at the fixture, had to be content with the runners-up slot at the latest renewal. His pen sold for £160 each to DP and AD Nicholls, Brough in Cumbria.
The third prize pen from Sawley’s John Barnes made £158 per head on again joining the Nicholls family. Raymond and Robert Johnson, of Felliscliffe, sold Mule pens at £170 to Ned Simpson, of Pateley Bridge, and £160 to Ellis Bros, of Addingham Moorside.
Thomas Binns, of Downham in the Ribble Valley, was also prominent with £164 and £160 per head Mule pens sold respectively to AD and DH Buxton, Bollington in Cheshire, and Lothersdale’s Geoff Booth. Mule shearlings averaged £132 a head.
Easingwold’s Ken Gamble presented the second prize Texels, which sold for £160 each to Lincolnshire buyer A Jones, of Skellingthrope, with the third prize pen shown by last year’s first prize winners Colin and Caroline Doney, of Dacre, Harrogate. Their charges made £128 each when joining Stuart Currie in Rathmell.
K and C Hird, of Colne, also sold Texel pens at £154 and £152 a head to, respectively, CT and EM Hammond, Summerbridge, and GL and SM Thompson, Healey, Masham. Texel shearlings averaged £132 each overall, while two pens of Lleyn shearlings from DS Thompson, of Billington in Lincolshire, also sold well at £124 and £120 a head.