On Wednesday evening Harrison & Hetherington Ltd held the Annual Prize Show & Sale of Individual Crowned Swaledale Ewes, Shearlings and Gimmer Hoggs on behalf of the Swaledale Sheep Breeders Association at Kirkby Stephen Mart.
Topping the sale at £2,600 was a gimmer shearling scanned for a single from Mr I Collinson, Billing Shield Farm, Eastgate, Bishop Auckland which was sold to Mr J Nattrass, Shield Hill Top, Garrigill.
The Overall Champion was a ewe scanned with twins from Messrs S&P Brogden, Helbeck, Brough which went on to sell for £1,600 to Mr B Acton, Maythorn, Leyburn. The Reserve overall champion was a Gimmer Hogg from Messrs A&M Skidmore, Flakebridge, Tebay which they kindly offered for sale in aid of Cancer Research UK in memory of the late Ken Slack, which went on to sell for £1,200 the successful purchaser was Mr T Bousfield, Fieldham House, Brough.
Gimmer Shearlings £695.83
Gimmer Hoggs £680.00
The show was kindly sponsored by Adrian Bell (Livestock Scanner), Eden Farm Supplies, Carrs Billington, H Pigney & Son, Castle Sculptures and H & H Reeds Printers. Judging was carried out by Mr J Allison, Chop Gate and Mr R Hallam, Settle with Mr F Brennand, Chapel le Dale acting as referee.
Class 1 Ewe
1st No 38 S&P Brogden, Helbeck – £1,600 to Mr B Acton
2nd No 31 A&M Skidmore, Flakebridge – £650 to EW&JR Parkinson
3rd No 11 JH&J Bland, Cowden House – £550 to DW Hutchinson
Class 2 Gimmer Shearling
1st No 5 I Collinson, Billing Shield Farm – £2,600 to Mr J Nattrass
2nd No 7 I Collinson, Billing Shield Farm – £800 to Mr A Bainbridge
3rd No 33 A&M Skidmore, Flakebridge – £500 to Messrs JM&DE Wood
Class 3 Gimmer Hogg
1st No 34 A&M Skidmore, Flakebridge -£1,200 to Mr T Bousfield
2nd No 23 L&F Brown, Mount Pleasant – £650 to Messrs W Richardson & Son
3rd No 24 L&F Brown, Mount Pleasant – Not Sold
Class 4 Conformation
1st No 29 JR Dalton, South Wellhope – £2,000 to Mr PE Staley
2nd No 19 C Nelson & Sons, Lainger House – £750 to Messrs A&L Fawbert
3rd No 2 AP&D Sowerby, The Villa – £250 to Messrs GA&DE Thompson
No 38 Messrs S&P Brogden, Helbeck
No 34 Messrs A&M Skidmore, Flakebridge
Gimmer Shearlings: £2,600, £800, £550 Billing Shield Farm; £2,000, £300 South Wellhope; £500 Flakebridge; £500, £250 Crowden House; £250, £200 The Villa; £250, £150 Lainger House.
Ewes: £1,600,£1,000 Helbeck; £900, £700, £550 Crowden House; £600 (2), £400 South Wellhope; £650, £400 Flakebridge; £450 Billing Shield; £150 Lainger House.
Gimmer Hoggs: £1,200 Flakebridge; £750 Lainger House; £650 Mount Pleasant.