Breed stalwarts to the fore at Skipton Charollais ram showcase
Leading North Yorkshire breeders Kenton Foster and Charles Marwood vied for top honours at the British Charollais Sheep Society’s annual show and sale of commercial rams at Skipton Auction Mart.
Mr Foster, of Garriston, Leyburn, who is
chairman of the Society’s North of England region, was responsible for the
first prize shearling ram, while Mr Marwood, who runs the Floulrice flock at
Whenby, near York, and remains national chairman of the Society’s finance and
general purposes committee, stepped up with the first prize ram lamb.
The show judge, Hebden Bridge butcher Stephen
Maskill, who said any ram in the day’s line would do a good commercial job,
plumped for the shearling as his chosen champion because of its “exceptional
fleshing quality and power.”
Mr Foster acquired his January-born title
winner in Southern Ireland last year from the Duiske flock run by Dympna and
Gerry Grogan in Newtonshortland, near Donadea in County Kildare.
By the Bawnard Bolt son, Bawnard Usain, out
of a dam sired by Duiske Mr Brown, the victor has already been used to good
effect over two breeding seasons on the Fosters flock. He went under the hammer
for a sale-topping 800gns (£840) to Richard Sandham, of East Carlton, Yeadon,
who also bought the top price Charollais ram at last year’s corresponding sale.
That too came from Mr Marwood, and Mr Sandham
was in action again at the latest renewal when paying 400gns for the same
vendor’s December-born reserve champion, by his renowned Dalby Mount Aloe,
acquired two years ago from Charles Sercombe in Leicester and regarded as one
of the nation’s top index sires.
Mount Aloe was responsible for the top price
ram lamb in the country last year at 5,200gns and was also breed champion at
the Great Yorkshire Show, as well as interbreed champion at both Ryedale and
Driffield Shows. The dam of the Skipton runner-up is a daughter of Ballynoe
House Isaac, bought from Northern Ireland.
Mr Marwood’s 14-strong consignment – an equal
split of shearlings and ram lambs – was also responsible for the third prize
shearling ram, a March-born son of Foulrice Lightening, out of a Langstone
K2-sired dam, which also found favour with Mr Sandham when falling for 620gns.
The leading Marwood performer at 640gns was
another shearling ram, by Wernfawr Jim, out of a another dam sired by Ballynoe
House Isaac. He also sold further entries at 480gns and 440gns.
Second prize in the shearling show class was
awarded to another well-known Charollais breeder, last year’s Skipton reserve
champion, Cyril Dougherty, who runs the Shamrock flock at Kirby Misperton, near
Malton. His December, 2012-born son of Rhaedr Lord Jim, out of a dam by Sheldon
Handsome, made 540gns on joining BC Dawson in Ulverston. Mr Dougherty also sold
a second entry at 450gns.
Cumbrian breeder Richard Geldard, who runs
the family’s Wraycastle flock at Low Foulshaw Farm, Gilpin Bridge, Kendal, and
was bidding for a fourth successive championship success at the fixture, this
year had to be content with the runners-up slot in the ram lamb show class with
a December-born grandson of Springfield King Ken, out of an Ashley
Ferdinand-sired dam. He too sold to Mr Dawson for 340gns.
Standing third in the same class was another December-born
ram lamb from the Rainbow flock of Andrew Walton, based in Backford, Chester.
By the Lancashire-bred Camp House Kerrching, out of a dam sired by Rainbow
Gawain, he fell for 360gns to Lake District breeder R McCartney, of Coniston.
Two further Cumbrian vendors, James Carlisle,
who runs the Fowrass flock in Laithes, Penrith, and the Kingsland flock of John
Stott Jnr in Crosscrake, Stainton, were
among the leading prices when each achieving 600gns with well-bred shearling
ram and ram lamb entries respectively. Both fell to local breeder Neville
Smith, of Lothersdale.
The Moss Side flock of Ramsbottom’s Mark
Worthington chipped in with 500gns and 450gns shearling ram sales. Shearlings
averaged £500 overall and ram lambs £335, on a par with the previous year.
Breed enthusiasts return to Skipton next
month for the British Charollais Sheep Society’s annual autumn show and sale of pedigree
breeding females, on Saturday, October 11. Defending champion is John Stott