NORTH of England Mule Sheep Association (NEMSA) chairman Kevin Wilson and his son, James, who run the Hewness flock in Blubberhouses, took the championship and top price honours at Skipton mart’s annual winter sale of Blue Faced Leicester females.

Their winning L11 gimmer hogg, exhibiting great length and style, was by Harland F1 Bighead, which also sired last year’s Great Yorkshire Show Mule gimmer lamb class victors for the Wilsons. He continues to be shared in partnership with breeder Alan Busby, of Marrick,

Out of H11 Hewness,she achieved the £1,000 top price when claimed by show judge Joe Throup, of Draughton.

John and Claire Mason, who run the Oddacres flock in Embsay, took second top call of £900 with their second prize and reserve champion Smearsett K7-sired gimmer hogg. She went to John Palmer of Twiston, Lancashire.

The Masons also achieved £420 with the third prize gimmer shearling by their high performance Micklaw tup acquired from Kirkby Malham breeder Will Wildman. Scanned carrying triplets to Asby Hall H3, the buyer was John Lancaster, of Bordley.

James Stenton, from Pickering, stepped up with the first prize gimmer shearling, carrying a single lamb to the NIsbets J1 tup, and sold for £280 to Ken Dickinson, of Blacko.

A total of 21 BFL females saw gimmer hoggs average £538 and ewes £240.