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North Craven sheep farmer, Richard Frankland won his second prime lambs championship within the space of three months at Skipton Auction Mart.


Exhibiting a pen of five Beltex-cross lambs, Mr Frankland received the day’s top price of £90 a head for his 38kg charges-selling to Mick Etherington, on behalf of Stuart Price Butchers, Keighley, who is a regular buyer of Skipton prime lamb champions.


The second prize 34kg pen of Continentals from Rob Paisley, Middleton, sold at £64 each to another west Yorkshire, R C Binns, Shipley, while the third prize pen of 38kg


Continentals from Richard Caton, Stainforth was acquired for £52 each by show judge Ross Greenwood of Carleton farm Shop.

 There was also a show class for Lleyns prime lambs, won by John Bownass, Hellifield, with a 40kg pen selling for £50 each to Gerald Metcalf, Halifax. Mr Bownass also exhibited the third prize, his 41kg lambs selling for £45.80 to Kepalk Foods, Wakefield.


The 2745 lambs forward averaged 119.1p/kg, with butcher buyer’s eager to source quality lambs for customers. On a busy trading day, with ewes and hoggs a total of £3088 sheep passed through the Skipton ring.