Local sheep farmer Donald Sunderland achieved a one-two-three in the Mule class – then saw his first prize pen of 10 geld hoggs go on to be selected as champions at the Spring show and sale of Mule, Masham and horned gimmer hoggs at Skipton Auction Mart today.
Donald, who has 600 hoggs at Bramham House, Halton East, topped the Mule class for the second year in succession, with his 2007 title winners making £78 a head – top price of the day – when bought by regular Skipton purchaser Les Thackray, of Mickley, Ripon. The selling price was a full £7 a head higher than the 2006 fixture, reflecting good trading levels all round.
Mr Thackray also paid £52 apiece for the best of the Mashams from J C and D J Marshall, of West End, Blubberhouses. The Swaledales class was headed by Chris Ryder, of Blubberhouses, his charges selling at £59 each to J Raper, of Galphay, Ripon, while Richard Greenwood, of West Marton, paid £60 a head for the first prize pen of Continentals from Brian Robinson, of Great Ouseburn, York.