Farming brothers Peter, Edward and Robert Fox, of Withgill, Clitheroe, sent out the champion pen of ten Mules at Skipton Auction Mart’s opening annual gimmer shearling show and sale.
They stepped up on their second place in the same show class last year when securing the title, receiving the Edgar Boothman Memorial Trophy, again presented by his brother James Boothman, of Linton.
The victors, bought in as gimmer lambs, with some sourced at Skipton, sold locally for the day’s leading price of £220 per head to brothers Angus and John Dean in Threshfield. The Fox family consigned 44 Mules in total, also selling a second pen at £180 each.
The annual highlight, one of the largest sales of its type in the North of England, is the traditional pipe opener to Skipton’s 2015 breeding sheep season. There was again keen interest at the ringside in NEMSA-tagged consignments from regular vendors, many of which were bought at last year’s annual Skipton Mule gimmer lamb show and sale.
The latest renewal attracted a quality turnout of 5,043 sheep, compared to 4,109 the previous year, though buyers at the ringside were far more cautious as they sought to secure replacement sheep for prices that reflected this year’s reduced prime sheep trade.
As a result, the overall sale average was £27 down on the year to stand at £122.95 per head. Mules averaged £123.76, Charollais £141, Beltex £138, Masham £124.48, Texel £119.73, Suffolk £114 and Lleyn £106.
Jimmy Wood, of Dutton, Longridge, caught the eye with a nice run of Suffolks, his six pens selling to a high of £132. Mr Wood also owns and runs Bowland Foods in Preston, multiple buyers of Skipton prime lambs.
Full show results and principal prices are at www.ccmauctions.com
Peter Fox receiving the Edgar Boothman Memorial Trophy from James Boothman, joined by judge David Norcott.
Photo: Adrian Legge Photography.