4:11pm Friday 4th October 2013
By Mike Bridgen
THE second annual ewe lamb show and sale for the North of England Mule Sheep Assocation (NEMSA) attracted a turnout of 7,803 entries at Skipton mart.
(september 24th) John Fawcett, Barden, presented the champion pen of ten lambs which sold for £165 per head to Grindleton’s James Towler, the class co-judge.
Defending champions Ashley and Rachael Caton, Otterburn, were again responsible for the victorious 20’s pen, the fourth time they have secured the title at the sale and their 20th NEMSA championship success overall with pens of ten and 20 Mule gimmer lambs.
The Catons’ 2013 victors, by their well regarded sire Middleton Hall D2 and home-bred ram lambs, sold for £148 each to Simon Bennett, the other co-judge in the ten’s class.
The day’s leading price of £170 per head was achieved by the third prize pen of ten from Patrick Walker, Appletreewick, who also sold a second pen of ten at £135 per head to R Wilkinson, of Whitby.
Ken and Lynne Throup, Silsden Moor, made the day’s second highest price of £155 each for a tenstrong pen bought by Malcolm Metcalfe of Topcliffe.
The sale’s overall average of £88.67 per head was down £17.38 on the year. Ted Ogden, Craven Marts’ livestock sales manager, said: “While trade was cheaper than the opening sale a fortnight earlier, stronger lambs found a decent following, though numbers were not as plentiful as usually seen, an obvious hangover from the poor spring weather conditions.
“Running lambs generally sold from £70 to £95 per head, with the smartest end making £90 to £100 each. However, customers were definitely more cautious than usual.”
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