The season’s big opening ewe lamb show and sale of Mule gimmers from members of the North of England Mule Sheep Association (NEMSA) at Skipton Auction Mart this week was declared an all-round success in terms of numbers, quality and trading levels.

Despite having had to brave a long, wet summer, the lambs – all 6863 of them – came to market in peak condition and resulted in an average price of £53.46 a head.

Ashley Caton, Otterbrun, NEMSA’s Skipton branch chairman, followed up on his clean sweep of trophies at the 2007 fixture, by again sending out the champion pen of 10 gimmer lambs and topped trade at £170 a head selling to to Martin and Val Brown, Bedale.

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The champion 20-strong NEMSA pen (above) was exhibited by former Skipton branch chairman David Booth and his son Robin, Feizor, Settle. Their charges later sold for £95 a head to co-judge Robert Johnson, Felliscliffe, Harrogate.

K Fawcett and Sons, Barden, sold their pen of 10 for £100 to G E Jackson, Low Bentham, while their pen of 20 went at £88 to J and E Greenhalgh, Bashall Eaves.