MARKET REPORT - WEDNESDAY 11TH DECEMBER 2013 PRESS
MULES RAISE MONEY FOR MANORLANDS
The seventh annual charity sheep show and sale of predominantly Mule wether lambs staged by Addingham & District Sheep Breeders’ Association at Skipton Auction Mart raised a resounding £4,500 for Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice in Oxenhope, Keighley.
more money for Manorlands
The seventh annual charity
sheep show and sale of predominantly Mule wether lambs staged by Addingham
& District Sheep Breeders’ Association at Skipton Auction Mart raised a
resounding £4,500 for Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice in Oxenhope, Keighley. (Wed,
With additional items donated
for auction by mart regulars and other generous supporters, the final figure is
likely to top £5,000, meaning that the overall total raised for Manorlands
through the annual charity event is now fast approaching £30,000.
The 2013 show
champion from father-and-son Patrick and Thomas Walker, of Fold Farm,
Appletreewick, itself raised an exhilarating £830 after being bought and sold
no less than four times.
The home-bred title winner, by a son of the North
Craven-based Booth farming family’s top-performing Y2 ram, himself by a £17,000
tup bred by Gordon Rawsthorne in Nether Kellet, Carnforth, first sold for £420
to John Turner, of Draughton, who promptly offered it back for resale.
So too did the next
two successful bidders at £200 and £100 respectively – firstly show sponsor
Chris Pearson, who runs Pearson Farm Supplies in West Marton and has a retail
outlet on the auction mart site, followed by Bingley farmer Keith Downs.
Auctioneer Ted Ogden
then brought the hammer down on himself when putting in the final bid of £100
on behalf of Craven Cattle Marts. But, that wasn’t the end of it, as the
champion will now be put out to graze, before returning to Skipton Auction
Mart’s opening New Year prime lamb show and sale in January to further swell
the Manorlands charity kitty.
A total of 30 lambs, judged by
Linda Allen, of Killington, Kendal, were donated by association members and
The champion, recipient of the
Pearson Farm Supplies Shield, was followed into the ring by the runner-up,
which, like last year, came from Ken and Linda Throup, of Silsden Moor. Next up
was the third-placed Mule from Kevin and Daphne Wilson, of Blubberhouses, with
the fourth prize winner shown by Robin and David Booth in Feizor - the 2012 show champions and
breeders of the 2013 title winner’s sire.
The fifth lamb into the ring,
donated by Thomas Boothman, of Linton, in memory of Hebden farmer Derek
Appleton, who died earlier this year, fell for £200 to Chris Pearson.
Subsequent lamb sales further boosted the fund-raiser, among them five
additional store lambs donated by Gargrave’s Simon Spensley, plus two
shearlings from Malcolm Dibb, of Kilnsey, which
had wandered in off the moor and remained unclaimed for 12 months.
Joint organisers Joe Throup,
Richard Ellis and Richard Mawson thanked all who had supported the event for
their ongoing generosity and “a magnificent result.”
fundraiser Hayley Ibbotson said: “It was a privilege to be invited to attend
this year’s Addingham Sheepbreeders sale. To see so many people there who
continue to support the sale each year really is testament to the kind
generosity of the local farming community.
like to thank everyone who contributed to making the day such a success,
particularly main sponsor Chris Pearson, Addingham Sheepbreeders for
organising the event, everyone who donated and bought the lambs, as well as
Craven Cattle Marts for waiving their commission from the sale. We are
delighted to receive such a generous amount, which will enable us to continue
to provide incredible care to our patients and their families in the local
charity fund-raiser formed part of the fortnightly sale of store lambs – the
final one of the year – when the 2,330-strong entry sold to an enthusiastic
audience of purchasers keen to replenish stocks with grass in good supply
countrywide. They sold to an overall average of £54.57 per head.
entry was made up mostly of long-keep lambs, with strong lowland lambs
generally mid-£60’s, medium lambs £58 to £62 and smaller sorts in the early £50’s.
A few pens of nice Mules topped £60, but in the main size was lacking and mid
to late £50’s proved the general price range. Swaledale lambs were forward in
large numbers, with almost 500 head among the entry, though nice framed lambs
were sold for either side of £40.