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Family are proud to be breeding show success
3:24pm Friday 16th August 2013 in Farming
AHEAD of their big annual show and sales of gimmer lambs at CCM Skipton next month, the local branch of the North of England Mule Sheep Association (NEMSA) staged a special progeny show at the mart on Sunday.
The five show classes for Blue Faced Leicester rams and their Mule progeny attracted more than 60 entries with the standout performers being the Fairburn family from Marriforth Farm, Thornton Steward, near Ripon.
Three generations of the family were represented in the arena – grandfather Granville, his son Paul and his own son Henry, aged five.
They were responsible for the first prize bought-in 2012-born Blue Faced Leicester ram, acquired for £12,000 from the Booth family in Feizor, near Settle, with its three Mule gimmer lambs, which then became overall progeny champions.
The Fairburns also presented the first prize home-bred, 2012- born Blue Faced Leicester ram with its three Mule gimmer lambs, along with the first and second prize single Mule gimmer lambs.
The reserve champion was the first prize two-shear or over Blue Faced Leicester ram with its three Mule gimmer lambs from Alan Barnes of Cowden, Great Harwood.
Mr Barnes also picked up rosettes in all the other show classes with three further second prize winners, along with a third prize success.
The red rosette in the show class for three Mule gimmer lambs by the same sire fell to North Craven breeders George and Anne Whitwell, and their son David, of Austwick.
Results. – Home-bred BFL ram, born 2012, with its three Mule gimmer lambs: 1 E Fairburn & Sons, Thornton Steward; 2 A & KM Barnes, Great Harwood; 3 JK Wilson, Blubberhouses.
Bought-in BFL ram, born 2012, with its three Mule gimmer lambs:1 E Fairburn & Sons; 2 A & KM Barnes; 3 JK Wilson.
Two-shear or over BLF ram, home-bred or bought in: 1 A & KM Barnes; 2 JC & E Pedley, Lunds, Sedburgh; 3 S Hallam, Egton Bridge. Three Mule gimmer lambs by the same sire: 1 GW & A Whitwell, Austwick; 2 A & KM Barnes; 3 S Hallam. Single Mule gimmer lamb: 1 & 2 E Fairburn & Sons; 3 A & KM Barnes The day also featured four stock judging classes with sheep loaned by NEMSA members.
Results. – Mens: 1 Stephen Porter, Gunnerside; 2 George Throup, Draughton; 3 Robin Booth, Feizor. Ladies: 1 Carol Porter, Gunnerside; 2 Melanie Waugh, Kilnstown, Carlisle; 3 Annabel Mason, Eastby. Under 18's: 1 Marion Porter, Gunnerside; 2 Adam Stockton, Skipton; 3 Alice Throup, Draughton.
This year’s NEMSA gimmer lamb shows and sales at Skipton are on Tuesday, September 10 and 24. The 2012 fixtures attracted 16,000 lambs.
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