Gimmer prices soar at Skipton annual sale

A soar in gimmer prices was seen at Skipton’s annual show and sale of gimmer shearlings this week, with averages up £32.35 on the year.


A packed ringside saw particular interest in NEMSA-tagged consignments, with trade topping at £198 a head for a championship pen of Mule shearling gimmers forward from David Coates, Coniston Cold. Buyer of the champions was James Bracewell, Burnley.


Skipton Mule gimmer shearling champs pic 2.jpgNext in the money was a bid of £182/head for a pen of Continental shearlings from Bob Newby, Wetherby. The 697 Texel and Continental-cross shearlings on offer saw a rise of £13.15 a head on 2009 and averaged £128.17.


Texel‘s topped at £164 a piece for Nick Dalby’s second prize pen and joined Mark Thompson, Long Preston. At £158 was the first prize pen of Texel‘s from R H and M R Ireland, Whalley which headed home with long distance buyer S J Stables, Wincanton.


Masham gimmer shearlings were also in demand with bids levelling at £158 a head for a pen from Mike Allen, Saltburn and purchased by Michael and David Wilson, Beckwithshaw.  John Wright had a 38-strong consignment forward on the day which secured the first prize pen for his breed as well as a bid of £125 a head for a pen of 10. These ones joined R W and M Walker in Keighley.


Averages 2448 mules forward £137.23; 183 Mashams £122.82; 697 Texel and Continentals, £164. (Skipton Auction Mart)