Hirds hit 780gns high with shearling ram at Skipton Dalesbred highlight
A solid top price of 780gns was seen at the Dalesbred Sheep Breeders’ Association’s final seasonal show and sale of rams and females at Skipton Auction Mart. (Tuesday, October 22)
It fell to the second prize shearling ram, sired by a home-bred ram from Yorkshire Dales father and son, Stuart and Edward Hird, of Yockenthwaite. Himself a son of a tup bred by John Harrison in Blubberhouses, he has been successfully used for several years.
FORWARD: 1121 Breeding Ewes & 87 Rams.
A good sale today with ewes of all classes in nice demand. Older Mule ewes in good condition from late 70’s to early 90’s, whilst commercial Mule shearlings were around £120. Continental bred sheep were a mixed show, some good Blue Texels as part of a dispersal from Ronnie Bailey, Reeth topped at £180 for shearlings and £160 for Ewes whilst R Sadler topped the sale at £200 for gimmer lambs.
Ryder Herdwick dispersal a highlight of CCM Skipton Saturday sale
Skipton Auction Mart’s latest monthly Saturday livestock collective fixture had the added interest of a dispersal sale of the complete Herdwick flock from Chris and Christine Ryder, of Scaife Hall Farm, Blubberhouses. (Oct 12)
The flock was first established in 2013 and the Ryders had decided it was time to reduce their multi-breed livestock holding, consigning the remaining 36 head, which were all sold successfully, 11 older ewes falling to Brian Church, of Askwith, Otley, while ten more were claimed by Arncliffe’s Michael and Carol McKenzie.
Forward: 4,009 GIMMER LAMBS. The total entry of 4,009 Mule Gimmer Lambs av £65.90 per head
Comprising – 2130 North of England (NEMSA) Mule av £71.14 (+£12.02 on 2018) 530 Mule Lambs (Non Members) av £68.78 (+£10.62 on 2018) 297 Dales Mule av £65.07 (+£0.13 on 2018)
167 Masham Lambs av £70.07 (+£7.15 on 2018) 860 Swaledale av £50.73 (+£0.32 on 2018)
25 Others Blue Texel to £102, Suffolks to £79
Kevin Huck strikes again at annual Skipton gimmer lambs highlight
Skipton Auction Mart’s October gimmer lamb highlight produced an overall selling average for the 4,009-strong entry of £65.90 per head, a tidy increase on the previous year’s £59.39. (Tues, Oct 8)
The popular annual fixture again featured four standalone breed shows for pens of ten Swaledale, North of England Mule, Dales Mule and Masham lambs.
The Swaledale show class fell to Kevin Huck, of Knowle Bank Farm, Bordley, fresh from standing champion and claiming £2,200 top price at the previous evening’s annual Swaledales rams showcase.