A nice show of rams displaying plenty of power and bone were forward at Skipton on Tuesday for The Dalesbred Sheep Breeders Annual Sale. Achieving the top price of 300gns was a Shearling Ram from Richard Close and Family from Calf Hall Farm in Starbotton, Wharfedale. Sired by their Kelsall ram out of a Dawson got ewe, it attracted much interest and spirited bidding from the ringside before being knocked down and it finding a new home at Whitmoor Farm with Messrs V Verity and Son.


The champion sheep on the day also came from Messrs Close, again a shearling ram, it was by a homebred ram which went back to the same Kelsall ram and this time from a Bradley got ewe. This ram previously had success on the summer show circuit and was sold to the show judge Rachel Brown of Accraplatts for 150gns. 2 other rams achieved 200gns, the first from John and Jean Bradley, Giggleswick this shearling by a Frank Brennand out of a John Harrison ewe sold to Messrs Leeming from Connonley. The other 200gn performer was the 2nd prize shearling from JM Wilson & Sons, Beckwithshaw, by a homebred ram out of a Bradley got ewe it found a new home with Alan Fothergill of Silsden Moor.
Females received strong interest, draft ewes selling to £108 from Messrs Coates of Rainscar.



Show results –

Judges: Rachel Brown, Kirkby Malham & John Carr, Horton in Ribblesdale


Aged Ram

1st GC&PM Haygarth & Daughter

2nd CM Faraday 

3rd CM Faraday


Shearling Ram

1st RH&EA Close

2nd JM Wilson & Son

3rd JK Wilson


Champion – RH&EA Close

Reserve – JM Wilson & Son


Pedigree Shearling Rams av £102.14 to 300gns RH&EA Close

Pedigree Aged Rams av £89.25 to 150gns GC&PM Haygarth & Daughter


Dalesbred Lambs to £50 G Hayton & EC Stocks

Dalesbred Shearlings to £85 N Pepper

Dalesbred Ewes to £108 Messrs Coates


Chief Prices –

300gns 150gns RH&EA Close

200gns J&JE Bradley

200gns JM Wilson & Son

160gns R Jackson & Son

150gns GC&PM Haygarth & Daughter