SKIPTON branch of the North of England Mule Sheep Association (NEMSA) staged a progeny show of Bluefaced Leicester rams and Mule progeny, at the town's mart on Sunday, August 4.

More than 40 entries were shown in five classes with the overall championship going to NEMSA national chairman Kevin Wilson, and his son, James, from Blubberhouses, with their home-bred 2018-born Bluefaced Leicester ram, Hewness L1, with its three Mule gimmer lambs.

The progeny show reserve champion was the winner of the 2 shear or over Bluefaced Leicester ram show class owned and bred by Francis Caton and his son, James, from Weston, Otley. Their J10 Weston is a son of the highly regarded Smearsett “Ted” tup.

A stock judging competition for Mule ewes and shearlings, Bluefaced Leicester and Swaledale gimmer shearlings saw the men’s section won by Alan Watson, of Kirkby Lonsdale, and Skipton’s Milly Eaton winning the women’s class.