Capstick family first-time championship winners at Skipton prime lamb show

Robert Capstick, centre, with the familys first-ever Skipton prime lamb champions, joined by helpers from the mart. (s)
Robert Capstick, centre, with the familys first-ever Skipton prime lamb champions, joined by helpers from the mart. (s)
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Father and son sheep farmers Nicky and Robert Capstick, of Yew Tree Farm, Bolton-by-Bowland, won the prime lamb championship for the first time ever at Skipton Auction Mart’s March show.

The Capsticks not only clinched their first title, but also their first ever prize at Skipton with the red rosette-winning pen of five Continental home-bred Texel-cross-Beltex 48kg prime lambs from their 200-strong flock. They sold for £119 per head to regular buyers Vivers Scotlamb in Annan.

Outside the show classes, prime sheep numbers remained strong, with the 3,275 turnout comprising just over 3,000 old season lambs, which traded to an overall selling average or £81.78 per head, or 190.1p/kg.

The best end proved dearer on the week, with Paul Simpson, of Forest Becks, Bolton-by-Bowland, yet again topping the market at £124 per head and 323.7p/kg with quality Beltex pens. He had four pens over 300p/kg. In total, 57 pens of lambs sold for £100 or more.

A commercial type of lamb met a similar trade on the week, with heavy sorts now finding a good following from a wide range of buyers. Mule lambs topped in the 190p per kg, generally trading around 180p/kg. Horned lambs were the same trade as the previous week.

Skipton’s weekly Monday breeding sheep sale of ewes with lambs at foot got into full swing, attracting a larger entry of 319 head, with buyers out in force. Frankland Farms, from Rathmell, led the sale at £205 per outfit with Texel cross ewes with twins, selling others at £200 at £195.