Elliot family win championship at Skipton

The Elliott family once again dominated the 121stannual show and sale for Wensleydale Longwool Sheep Breeders’ Association, atSkipton Auction Mart.

The family, from Ferrensby near Knaresborough, achieved a hat-trick of championship wins, witha two-shear ram shown by Mark Elliott.

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The victor, which was unbeatenin ram show classes this year and placed reserve breed champion at both theGreat Yorkshire and Ryedale Shows, sold for a top price of 500gns to Shelaghand John Prescott, of Longhorsley in Northumberland.

Reservechampion and best female honours fell to another North Yorkshire exhibitor,Ernie Sherwin, with a shearling ewe from his Nosterfield flock in Bedale.

Shesold for 270gns to Chris Stacey, of Buckfastleigh in South Devon.

Turnoutwas down on last year by 20% with only 76. But while the number of bidders andprices did not match up to those of 2011, of the 59 animals forward only eightremained unsold.

Theaverage price paid for breeding rams was 189gns, against 205gns in 2011, andfor ram lambs 145gns, which represented an increase over the 127gns achievedlast year. For females, aged ewes averaged 152gns, shearling ewes 164gns andewe lambs 147 gns.

Thesame day’s Northern Area Jacob Sheep Breeders’ 37thannual show and sale again proved a resounding success, with a total entry of177 and good trade, most notably for females.

The overall champion went to the female championfrom the Welsh-based Pentrenant flock of Robert and Jean Price in Churchstoke,Powys.

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The four-year-old, four-horned Pentrenant Angel waschampion at the Royal Welsh Show in 2011 and is herself the dam ofprize-winning stock.

She sold for a top price of 800gns to Messrs Denton& Bramwell, of Holmfirth.

In reserve champion was Jacob sheep breedingstalwarts Gavin and Rebecca Haworth, of Skipton-based Hurrsdale flock, withtheir first prize ram and male champion, the two-horn Pentondale Atom.

He sold for 350gns to Paul Eckersely of Darwen,Blackburn.