The Procters stud flock was high on the headlines when both the top price entry and reserve supreme champion ram lamb were sent to the Beltex Sheep Society’s annual show and sale of registered rams and ewes at Skipton Auction Mart. (Friday and Saturday, September 2 and 3)
Jeff Aiken, who runs the well-known and high-achieving herd at Tatham Hall Farm, Wray, with his wife Jennifer, daughter Cathy and son Robbie, on the edge of the Lancashire/Yorkshire border, claimed the top price of 5,000gns (£5,250). ) the first sheep to appear in the sales ring, a beef ram, Procters Guinness.
This is Joe. Bred by Antrim brother and sister William and Libby McAllister and since sold to Nathan and Becky Dakin’s Panbeck herd at Hellifield and doing well with them, Greenhall Dennis the Menace son Artnagullion is one of twins born in March 2021 by Fitbit. .
A Tiree Carter ewe returned to its provenance at Wray when selling to Frank Towers, top performer for price. Procters Farm sold two more Fitbit sons at 2800gns and 2600gns.
Also winning 2,000gns first prize ram lamb, champion male and overall reserve champion Beltex, an only son of Procters Hey Good Looking, Faughill Francisco, bought for 7,000gns last year and was standing reserve male champion at this year’s Great Yorkshire Show. Also, John Harbinson’s February-born ram from a Tiri Carter ewe at Limvady, Co. Sold jointly to the Glenkin herd in Londonderry and to Mark Latimer for his grandfather David Brown’s Brownville herd.
Again traveling down from Lilliesleaf in the Scottish Borders, John Green’s Greenall herd 10,000gn Greenall Goldenballs, twinned by Heatheryl, cashed in again in March 2021 when taking the second best call of 4500gns with the fifth prize ram. Fireman Sam.
The ram from a Beautry dam from the North Craven-bred Currie family, himself sired by Artnagullion CJ, found pastures new in Wales when he joined JR Joseph & Co from Brecon, Powys. Mr Green also won 3,500gns in March 2021 with Greenall Gotta Go, a Mortons Cheeky Boy fleece ram out of an Artnagullion ewe by Tercrosset Blaze, managed by Jock McMillan of Wigtownshire, who runs the Clary flock at Carse of Clary, Newton. final offer.
To top it off, Mr Green was also in charge of Greenall Gaway Daughter, a 1600gns wool ewe, March 2021, by Cheeky Boy, out of an Artnagullion Lovett-bred ewe that went to Cumbria with Longtown. mother and daughter, Anne and Rachel Story.
Richard Wood of the Scottish-based Kingledores flock, Tweedsmuir, Biggar, South Lanarkshire, is never far from top prices at Skipton and this year his leading price ram lamb, a February-born son of Woodhow Dakota, was no exception. A home-bred Clary Chancer ewe made 3400gns when it went to Calderdale with SH Stott from Sowerby Bridge. As the fourth prize, the ram lamb from the same house and the same breed was 1900 grams.
The McAllister sisters, from Ballymena, Northern Ireland, made their presence felt again when they sold curly rams for 3,000gns. First, Artnagullion Geronimo, twin by Airyolland Eejit out of a Broxty Supreme ewe in March 2021, placed second in his show class, sold to Nick and Charlotte Brown, who run the Bronic flock in Claughton, Lancaster.
Second, Artnagullion General, a February 2021 single out of The Bare Boy daughter Artnagullion Chocpop, is by Rathbone Leader son Rathbone Tony, bred locally at North Craven by Eldrot’s Mike Davis and bought by Artnagullion for 9,000gns. He travels to the Lake District with Nick Gill and Kayleigh Kennedy, who manage the Nikay herd at Borrowdale.
The Rathbone herd itself claimed 3,000gns with a Horseclose Eskimo son – the sire bought as a foal for 9,000gns two years ago – out of a Holmbeck Tonto ewe returning to North Craven with Robert Towers of Ingleton. Mr Davis also won first place ram and reserve male champion again by Eskimo, which sold for 800gns.
In total, 21 rams scored 2,000gns or more, with all shorn rams averaging £1,093 (2021 £932) and ram lambs £989 (2021 £861).
Of the females, Stuart Wood of Woodies, Skene, Aberdeenshire, sold a pullet for 1,200gns. His April 2021 single Woodies Go Pop, sired by Woodies Frantic, a daughter of 2018 RHS overall and cross-breed champion Woodies City Girl, returned north of the border when he joined CJ Roots at Dumfries.
Supreme champion also came from the ladies division courtesy of local show judge Rob Ellis from Addingham Moorside. This is from Mountjoy, Omagh, Co., which was established nine years ago and currently has around 25 breeding ewes on the floor. It was the first prize-winning fur and champion female from Irish husband and wife Gary and Julie Scott, who run the Bessy Bell herd in Tyrone. .
The pair’s Bessybell Gabby is an April 2021 daughter of Heber Park Batman, bred locally by the Shuttleworth family at Gargrave and bought for 6,000gns four years ago. It was shown when Batman, champion at Balmoral, has since raised his daughters to 5,000gns, out of a Callacrag Womaniser-captive dam, winning 1,100gns when the overall winner fell locally to Dick Harrison of Skipton.
Also from across the Irish Sea, F&J Harbinson, Glenkeen Flock, Limvady, second fleece ewe from January 2021 and reserve female champion, Cothi Elite daughter Glenkeen Ginger Snaps, ran at 650gns, with Jock McMillan presenting the red. the rosette-winning ewe lamb, an 18,000gns February-born twin by Airyolland Freuchie, made a 450gns class. Shearling lambs averaged £520 (£459 in 2021) and gimmer lambs averaged £351 (£464 in 2021).
Elsewhere, Brian and Sabine Hall’s Ainstable flock from the village of the same name near Carlisle made their mark again, selling third prize at 1800gns and a fourth wool ewe at 1000gns. Fourth prize winner from James Carlisle’s Fowrass herd near Penrith, sixth prize winner in the same class to 1,400gns for the Buckles family at Barras, Kirkby Stephen.
Other four-figure performers among the winners were Northern Ireland regular Matthew Burleigh’s Matt’s herd of Shanra, Co. Third prize was a ram lamb from Fermanagh, 1200g, plus 1000g for a sixth ram lamb from the Brown family’s Bronic flock.
The annual fixture attracted a catalog of 393 titles. Along with the Beltex Society, other show sponsors were Craven Farm Vets, Craven Sheep Breeding, Nutrigrow and Mulberry Farming.