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Skipton will feature Dales Mules section
A NEW section for Dales Mules will be included in Skipton mart’s annual gimmer lamb show and sale on Tuesday, October 8.
The fixture, which already features show classes for Mule, Swaledale and Masham gimmer lambs, will be supplemented by a special sale section for Dales Mule gimmer lambs (Bluefaced Leicester cross Dalesbred).
The initiative follows strong interest in the cross as a result of its high-profile presence at this summer’s annual NSA North Sheep showcase at Crimple Head Farm, Beckwithshaw, home of Dalesbred Sheep Breeders’ Association chairman David Wilson.
Established Dalesbred breeders JA Stoney & Son, of Whitewood Farm, Pateley Bridge, impressed plenty of people with their muchacclaimed pen of Dales Mules at North Sheep and they will be put up for auction at the new sale.
Trevor Stoney welcomed the new section for Dales Mules.
He said: “Breeding patterns are improving and the Dalesbred ewe is increasingly viewed as a viable, practical and workable alternative as a Bluefaced Leicester cross to produce a Dales-type Mule for both breeding and commercial purposes, producing lambs with strong confirmation and a good, all-round carcase.
“We are committed to spreading the word about the many attributes of the Dalesbred, which, after a decline in recent years, is now making a noticeable and impressive comeback. This special sale at Skipton is forward- looking and can only assist the cause.”
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