Despite entry numbers being down due to bluetongue restrictions at the 34th Northern Counties of England Branch of the Suffolk Sheep Society pedigree show and sale at Skipton, it was an improvement on last year which was affected by foot-and-mouth.
Topping the sale at 600gns a piece as a two entries from the Pexhill flock of Geoff Biddulph, Macclesfield,
Both were by the prolific Stockton Sky’s The Limit, who has sired many prize winners, including male, female and interbreed champions at the Royal Show, along with the top-priced lamb at this year’s National Show at 15,000gns.
The first top priced animals, was a April, 2007 shearling ram sold to R S Kitson and Son, Thirsk, the second a ram lamb sold to Suffolk Breeders, Mr and Mrs Lester Peel, Thirsk.
It was also a good day for the Northumberland-based Floddon flock of Jonathon Hayward, winning for his forth consecutive time.
Although the title winner remained unsold, Mr Hayward did find buyers for his prize winning pair of ram lambs, sold for 390 and 400gns respectively.
Champion female and overall reserve supreme champion went to the first-prize winning ewe from
The home-bred January 2007 ewe, by the Irish sire Glenho Sid, out of a Perrinpit Monarch dam, sold for 190gns to S Catermole,
The Milburn’s were also received a first prize for their ewe lam and reserve female champion for another Glenho Sid daughter, which became the top priced female when selling locally for 230gns to Jeremy Daggett, Burnstall.
Also getting a good price at 470gns was Derbyshire breeders, Steven and Louise Buckley, Buxton with their ram lamb, selling to local buyer, Richard Close, Starbottom.
The Buckleys’ Sitlow flock also presented the first prize untrimmed ram lamb and reserve male champion. Sired by the Irish National 2007 supreme champion Baileys Irish National was acquired for 480gns by F A Broadwith, Ripon.