4:39pm Friday 11th October 2013
THE supreme champion at the Lleyn Sheep Society’s annual registered show and sale at Skipton was a shearling ram which also made the top price of the day.
Brightonhouse Bionic, shown by Graham and Mandy Fort, of Steeton, was by a home-bred ram which was reserve champion at Carlisle two years ago.
Mr Fort is chairman of the North & East England Lleyn Sheep Breeders’ Club, and saw his champion sell for 1,700gns to M Kinnes, Driffield.
The reserve champions were a pen of five shearling ewes from Hamish Goldie, of Dumfries, which sold for £190 per head to PT Stephenson, of Leyburn.
The Forts grown-up children, Terry and Beverley, who run the Fort Lleyn flock, presented the third-prize shearling ram which sold for 650gns to Nun Appleton Estate, York.
Graham and Mandy Fort also sold their second and thirdprize shearling ewe pens for £178 and £148 per head to Carlton Smith, of Hebden Bridge, and MD Shields, of Thirsk, respectively.
They also sold further shearling rams at 650gns twice and 500gns, shearling gimmer pens at £158 and £150, and ewe lamb pens at £112, £110 and £100.
H & M Dugdale & Son, of Stackhouse, who had the topprice 1,700gns shearling ram at last year’s sale, were also to the fore when selling rams at 950gns, 900gns and 520gns, and shearling ewes at £155 and £150.
John Geldard, of Gilpin, achieved 500gns with a shearling ram and £180 per head with a pen of shearling gimmers.
Hamish Goldie also sold a pen of ewe lambs at £140, while in the same class P Knowles, of Kendal, presented ewe lamb pens for £102 and £100 per head.
The 1,081 head forward saw the quality end meet with reasonable trade, though more commercial types were much harder to place than last year’s fixture. Shearling rams averaged £519.92 overall, an increase on last year’s £495, with shearling ewes averaging £127.39 (£153 in 2012) and ewe lambs £80.45 (£89).
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