TWO school friends were delighted to become joint supreme champions at an annual young handlers' prime lamb show and sale.

Eight-year-old Charlie Leach and nine-year-old Daniel Lund, who go to Old Town Primary School in Hebden Bridge, took top prize at Skipton Auction Mart on August 9, which saw 25 young handlers taking part in three classes.

The duo first saw their Beltex-cross gimmer lamb, home-bred by Charlie’s parents, Adrian and Kathryn Leach at Owlers Farm, Hebden Bridge, and by a tup from Anthony Thompson of Foulridge, first chosen as winner of the under-tens show class, before being tapped out as overall show champion by Threshfield show judge Angus Dean. Weighing in at 34kg, it went on to sell for top price in both class and show of £200 to Brayton Farm Shop, near Selby.

Daniel is the son of Richard and Emma Lund, and grandson of Brian and Linda Lund, of Walshaw Farm, Walshaw. The two families are farming near neighbours in Calderdale and both are familiar faces at Skipton.

It proved a good day for the Lunds, with 21-year-old Chloe Lund, who helps out on the farm and also works as a self-employed sheep handler, picking up the red rosette in the 17 to 26 years show class with a home-bred Beltex-cross wether lamb by a tup bred locally by Luddendenfoot’s John Midgley. Tipping the scales at 45kg, it sold for a class-topping £160, again to Brayton Farm Shop.

There was a further Lund family success when 15-year-old Chrissie Lund finished runner-up in the 11 to 16 years show class, her 47kg lamb selling for £154 and yet again to Brayton Farm Shop, which further supported the sterling efforts of the youngsters when also purchasing two further rosette winners in the same show class from, respectively, Thomas Marshall, of Dacre, at £155, and Whalley’s Lilly Ireland for £162 top price in class and second top in show.

First prize in the 11-16 class fell to a black 47kg Beltex-cross ram lamb from 15-year-old Georgia Webster, who is in her final year at Burscough Priory Academy. Her parents, Neil and Vicky Webster, farm at Whams Farm, Scarisbrick, West Lancashire, and Georgia’s red rosette winner, also nominated as overall reserve champion, was knocked down for £146 to Felliscliffe’s Andrew Atkinson, purchasing on behalf of regular wholesale buyer Hartshead Meat Co in Mossley, Greater Manchester.

The show formed part of Skipton’s weekly Monday sale of more than 3,000 prime sheep, the 2,344 spring lambs among them selling to an overall average of £103.22 per head or 240.4p/kg.