It’s a family affair at Skipton Beltex winter highlight
A North Craven father and daughter sent out a mother and daughter to secure a memorable championship and reserve championship double – they were also responsible for the day’s three highest selling prices - at the Northern Beltex Society’s second winter show and sale of pedigree in-lamb ewes at Skipton Auction Mart
The Rathbone pedigree flock of Michael Davis
and his daughter Becky, based at Ravenshaw Farm, Eldroth, Austwick, saw their
first prize ewe lamb and her mother, the first prize ewe, progress to take the
The March-born supreme champion ewe lamb,
Rathbone Tulisa, by Drumchapel Scooby, himself a son of the legendary
Kingledores Rascal, was joined on the victor’s podium by her dam, Rathbone
Rotura, a March, 2011-born daughter of Dooley Nissan, who has proved a driving
force on the flock since being acquired by the Davis family four years ago from
his Derbyshire breeder David Thornley in
He has sired tups to 2,000gns and
shearling gimmers to 1,800gns.
Herself scanned in lamb for twins to Drumchapel
Scooby, fifth in class at this year’s Great Yorkshire show and champion at
Kilnsey Show, the reserve champion ewe went on to land top price of 620gns
(£651) when returning to North Craven to join 15-year-old Settle College pupil
The up-and-coming young farmer keeps a number
of sheep at his grandparents, Frank and Joan Joel’s farm in Westhouse,
Ingleton. Jack is a member of Burton-in-Lonsdale Young Farmers Club and hopes
to become a land agent and auctioneer.
The reserve champion’s title-winning daughter
obviously caught the eye of show judge Ian Lancaster, of Wiswell, Clitheroe, as
he snapped up his chosen champion for 480gns (£504).
Michael and Becky Davis also stepped forward
with the second prize ewe, an April, 2007, daughter of Westerdale Jeff, which
sold for 400gns to David
Newhouse in Malham, along with the fourth prize shearling ewe, again by Dooley
Nissan out of Rathbone Rotura and in-lamb to Drumchapel
Scooby, which achieved the day’s second top price of 500gns on joining F Bristow & Son
in Murton, York.
Husband and wife Bernard and Frances
Staveley, who run the Tewett Hall pedigree flock on Newby Moor, Clapham, also
figured prominently among the prizes, the pick of which was their first prize
shearling ewe, the February-born Tewett Hall Sunbeam.
M Haigh, of Newton Stewart in Dumfries and
took a real shine to the red rosette winner, paying 420gns for the embryo transplant
daughter of the imported sire, Wonderboy, out of Tewett Hall Newla, and scanned
due a single lamb by Tewitt Hall Tornado.
also stepped forward with the second prize shearling ewe, a home-bred daughter
of Tewett Hall Rebel, sold for 300gns to the Silton flock of James Dennis,
based at Over Silton, near Thirsk, along with the third and fifth prize in-lamb
ewes, which sold for 320gns and 250gns respectively to Anthony Thompson, of
Foulridge, and Edward Fort, of Silsden.
Cumbrian breeder HC
Jewitt, who runs the pedigree flock of the same name in Romaldkirk, Barnard
Castle, picked up three prize wins. The leading performer on price at 450gns
was his third prize ewe, the April, 2009, Jewitt Nicky, by Corra Llewellyn, out
of Aviemore Jelly Bean, and scanned in-lamb to the 2011 Chelford sale champion,
Glantre Stanley. She became another acquisition by David Newhouse.
Mr Jewitt also
presented the third and fifth prize shearling ewes, again both in-lamb to
Glantre Stanley, knocked down for 300gns and 350gns respectively to Chris Alty,
of Carnforth, and Mark Crabtree, of Kettlesing.
second prize ewe lamb from the Clarefield flock of John Critchley in Hutton
Preston, a January-born daughter of Airyolland Pete, achieved 400gns when
joining Anne Story, of the Borderesk flock in Hobbiesburn,
The 35 head of
pedigree Beltex saw shearling gimmers average £390 per head, some way below
last year’s average of £602, though both aged ewe and gimmer lamb averages
showed an improvement on 2012 at, respectively, £383 (£342) and £277 (£197).
Sponsors were JG Animal Health and Windle Beech Winthrop.
Also incorporated in the sale was a dispersal of the aged
portion of commercial Beltex-Texel ewes from Frank Joel, of Westhouse, many of
which had bred fatstock champions at local shows and created keen interest at
Prices peaked at 380gns each for a pair of 1-crop ewes
purchased by Ellis Bros, of Addingham, with an overall selling average of £253
per head recorded.