Booth repeat championship double at Skipton NEMSA opener
A back-to-back championship double was secured by the Smearsett flock of North Craven’s WA&A Booth at the big opening annual ewe lamb show and sale for members of the North of England Mule Sheep Association (NEMSA) at Skipton Auction Mart.
As in 2013, the Booths,
of Old Hall Farm, Feizor,
consigned both title-winning pens of ten and 20 Mule gimmer lambs at the annual
showcase, which remains one of the leading fixtures of its kind in the North of
England and the first major Mule lamb sale of the year.
Robin Booth led out the two title-winning
show pens, all by home-bred tups, with the family’s Bluefaced Leicester ram, D15 Smearsett, again to the fore. The renowned tup was responsible
for half of the victorious pen of tens, which sold for a sale-topping £195
per head to John Wilson and Janet Dunning, of Settle. Mr Wilson also bought the
Booths’ 2013 champion pen of tens.
Seven of their victorious pen of 20s were
also by D15, a former Kilnsey Show supreme champion, and they went on to sell
for £170 each, again top price in class, to co-judge Ken Gill, of Burton
Lazars, Melton Mowbray
The fixture attracted a solid turnout of
7,810 Mules, a significant increase on 2013 and described as a “tremendous
entry and wonderful show of lambs” by Craven Cattle Marts’ livestock sales
manager Ted Ogden, who paid tribute to all vendors for their year-long efforts
in preparing their charges for the high profile seasonal opener.
With a 10% increase on numbers sold the
previous year, the overall sale average levelled at £99.88 per head and, while
this was down £2.12 per head on the year, the general story of the sale was
that running lambs were dearer, while tupping lambs were cheaper.
NEMSA Skipton branch chairman Kevin Wilson,
of Hewness House Farm, Blubberhouses, noted that trade was much in line with
expectations and, with lots of good lambs about, the overall average reflected
great credit on members for their efforts in the current climate.
The Fawcett family – husband and wife Stephen
and Tracey, and their daughter Sammy - of Fold House Farm, Drebley, presented
the second prize pen of tens, as they did last year, with
their 2014 runners-up – the majority home-bred and either sons or grandsons of their
old stock tup Y9 Dale Head - selling at £180 per head, second top price in
show. They also had the sixth prize pen in the
20’s show class, these selling away at £150 each.
Stephen’s brother John Fawcett, of Dale Head
Farm, Barden, performed well with his sixth prize pen of tens, which made £178
per head. Also catching the eye at £170 each
was another pen of tens from Ken and Lynne Throup, of Silsden Moor.
Multiple past champions Ashley and Rachel
Caton, of Otterburn, were again prominent when presenting the second prize pen
of 20s and the fourth prize tens’ pen, most by D2 Middleton Hall sons and the
family’s new championship-winning Greenhow tup, acquired last October. The tens
sold for £142 per head and the 20’s for £122 each.
Kevin Wilson himself stood third in both show
classes, achieving £160 per head with his pen of tens and £135 with his 20’s.
Also achieving £160 per head with a tens’ pen were Embsay’s John and Claire
CCM Auctions again
presented cash prizes for the day’s leading flock averages. Of the vendors
consigning 100 or more lambs, the all-conquering Booth family headed the
averages at £129.82 per head with their 133-strong batch, followed by Steve and
Samantha Fawcett at £118.91 with 127 lambs, and Joe and Nancy Throup, of Draughton,
at £115.56 with 124 lambs.
Tosside’s Trevor and Clive Robinson led the
flock averages for under 100 lambs presented, with their 20 charges levelling
at £116 per head, followed by Bordley’s John Lancaster at £113.69 for his 80
lambs and £110.60 for 73 lambs consigned by Calton’s Robert Crisp.
Title winners in both show classes received
Ciba Geigy perpetual trophies, with the champion pen of tens, judged by Richard
Batty, of Selside, and Chris Hewitt, of Tatham, also awarded the Chester
Kneller Memorial Trophy. The other co-judge in the 20’s class was Margaret
Liddle, of Summerbridge.
A newly-donated shield for the best run of 40
or more lambs was judged by visiting NEMSA inspectors from the North Cumberland
branch and awarded for the first time to Ellis Bros, of Addingham Moorside.
Show classes – full results and prices are at
www.ccmauctions.com - were sponsored by
Pearson Farm Supplies, Armstrong Watson Accountants & Financial Advisers,
and Barclays Bank. The spotlight now turns to Skipton’s second annual NEMSA
gimmer lamb show and sale on Tuesday, September 23.