Young Handlers’ Sheep Show: winners

Reserve champ: Pre-sale judge Alex Brown with show sponsor Judith Smith, of JS Accountancy, and reserve champion Victoria Seed.
Reserve champ: Pre-sale judge Alex Brown with show sponsor Judith Smith, of JS Accountancy, and reserve champion Victoria Seed.

FOR the second year running, Issy Hartley, of Roughlee, was triumphant at Gisburn Auction Mart’s annual Young Handlers’ Sheep Show, with a perfectly trimmed black Zwartbles-cross-Texel gimmer lamb.

Fourteen-year-old Miss Hartley, a member of Pendle Forest Young Farmers, had spent recent weeks preparing her lamb to the highest standard for exhibition. Earlier in the day it had won the first prize rosette in the highly contested 12 to 16-year-old age group class. It went on to be sold at auction for the top price of the day, £155.

Prize group: All the young handlers with champion Issy Hartley and her lamb in the foreground.

Prize group: All the young handlers with champion Issy Hartley and her lamb in the foreground.

Reserve champion rosette and first prize winner in the 17 to 27-year-old age group class went to 17-year-old Victoria Seed, chairman of Chipping Young Farmers Club.

Laura Banks, a member of Samlesbury Young Farmers, who works on her parent’s dairy farmer at Hutton, was second in this class with her well-presented Beltex lamb which sold for £135

Richard Seed, an active member of Chipping Young Farmers Club, had the honour of giving the vote of thanks to the judge and sponsors; he was placed second in the 12 to 16-year-old age group class with his Beltex lamb, which sold for £136.

Texel sheep guru and previous winner of numerous national prime stock competitions Alex Brown, of Tockholes, was the judge. He described the day as: “A tremendous opportunity to encourage the farmers of the future, and demonstrate to them the importance of the live auction system.”

The show was y sponsored by Judith Smith, of JS Accountancy, Clitheroe, and by Pearson’s Farm Supplies, of West Marton. Auctioneers were Richard Turner and Son.