Staithes farmer picks the best at Skipton

Mike Allen is pictured third from right with the1st prize Continental-cross hoggs and lambs, joined by, from left, the British Wool Marketing Board's Lauren Boulton, Chris Rowan, manager of the grading department at Bradford-based North of England Wools, the BWMB's producer relations manager Gareth Jones, exhibitor Stuart Beeforth, and Jonathan Guy, of JG Animal Health.
Mike Allen is pictured third from right with the1st prize Continental-cross hoggs and lambs, joined by, from left, the British Wool Marketing Board's Lauren Boulton, Chris Rowan, manager of the grading department at Bradford-based North of England Wools, the BWMB's producer relations manager Gareth Jones, exhibitor Stuart Beeforth, and Jonathan Guy, of JG Animal Health.
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A STAITHES farmer was the judge at the breeding sheep show and sale of the season.

Mike Allen of Borrowby Grange Farm near Staithes judged at the Skipton Auction Mart on Monday which attracted a total turnout of 1,530 Mule and Continental-cross hoggs with lambs at foot, and Mule geld hoggs.

As in past years, the thriving ringside included strong representation by purchasers from a wide area, all keen to strengthen their flocks with some quality outfits from right across the region.

They had plenty of choice among the 505 sheep with 710 lambs, and 315 geld gimmer hoggs.

Among prize awards in three show classes, Mr Allen chose Stuart Beeforth, of Fellside Agricultural Services, Stillington, York, as the first prize winner in the class for Continental-cross hoggs and lambs. His pen of five Beltex, all with single lambs, went on to head the day’s prices at £280 per outfit when joining Lincolnshire buyer T Ogg, of Coleby.

Ted Ogden, Craven Cattle Marts’ farmstock sales manager and auctioneer, noted: “Given the recent run of bad weather and poor grass growth, trade was better than anticipated, with regular buyers attending from a large area to support this special sale.”

Full results are at www.ccmauctions.com