West Yorkshire Suffolk sheep breeder Mark Evans again stamped his authority on the May prime lambs show at Skipton Auction Mart yesterday when taking championship honours for the third year in succession.
Mark, of Tower Gate Farm, Steeton, was victorious with a pen of three 43-kg Suffolk ewe lambs, which caught the practised eye of judge Ian Hewitt, of I & J Hewitt Butchers in Riddlesden, Keighley.
They also proved eye-catching in the ring when selling for the day’s top price of £72 per head (167p per kilo) to Leeds butcher Dan Woodend, who has bought past Skipton prime lamb champions for appreciative customers at his Woodends Butchers shop in Adel.
Reserve champions were the first prize pen of Continentals, a trio of Charollais-x-Beltex gimmer lambs from Robert Towers, of J,D & V Towers & Son, Camp House Farm, Farleton, Lancaster. They made £60.80 each when selling to Paul Watson, of Hellifield.On the same day, Skipton’s second show of geld gimmer hoggs was won by Matt Townend, of Laneshawbridge, with a pen of ten Swaledales, which sold for £51 each – the champions again made top price – to co-judge Martin Throup, of Silsden, who adjudicated with his father Ken.
Silsden-based Geoff Throup took first, second and third prizes in the Mules section, along with the reserve show championship, all three pens selling to Les Thackray, of Mickley, Ripon, to a high of £7 2a head.
Likewise, Keith Downs, of Bingley, made it a clean sweep in the continentals class, all bought by Ron Horsley, of Malton, to a high of £64 apiece.
A pen of Dalesbred hoggs from David Newbould, of Dallowgill, made £30 per head.