Brothers’ joy as they take home silverware

TROPHY WINNERS: Pictured with the champion pen of 50 Suffolkcross lambs at Skipton are, from left, judge James Spensley, sponsor’s representative Grace Dobson and exhibitor Robert Metcalfe.

TROPHY WINNERS: Pictured with the champion pen of 50 Suffolkcross lambs at Skipton are, from left, judge James Spensley, sponsor’s representative Grace Dobson and exhibitor Robert Metcalfe.

First published in Farming

NORTH Yorkshire farming brothers Robert, Chris and Richard Metcalfe finally got their hands on a trophy they had long been keen to win.

Trading as RD Metcalfe & Son, Grange Farm, Brearton, Harrogate, they have been runners-up several times but this year won the Robert Morphet Memorial Trophy for their champion pen of 50 Suffolk- cross lambs at Skipton Mart’s second major seasonal store lamb show and sale.

The winners were all from the family’s best home-bred Mule ewes within their 500-strong flock and by 15 different Suffolk rams. The winners then sold for the leading breed price of £71.50 each.

Michael and Carol McKenzie, of Blue Scar Farm, Arncliffe, who had been champions for an unprecedented six years running, were this time second and third.

The runners-up from their holding of 350 Suffolk-cross lambs made £70 each and the third placed, £69. The couple also presented the top priced pen of Mule wether lambs at £51.50 per head.

James Foster of Bolton Abbey achieved £71 per head with a pen of Suffolk-x. The overall breed average was £61.50 per head.

The day’s leading price of £73 per head fell to a Texel pen from Airton’s Michael Thwaite, with a breed average of £59.04. Beltex store lambs averaged £60.18 overall, selling to a top of £69 each for a pen from AR&FT Naylor, of Barden.

A pen of Charollais lambs from MAC Iveson & Partners, Masham, sold for £66 per head, with a consignment of Dales Mule wethers from R&VJ Brown, of Kirkby Malham, selling at £55 each.

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