The East Anglian-based Jones family made the long journey north well worthwhile when securing the supreme championship for the second year running, plus the reserve championship for good measure, at the annual Hampshire Down ewe and ram show and sale at Skipton Auction Mart. (Friday, August 30)
Andrew Jones and his two daughters, 22-year-old Eleanor, and Annabel, 19, who run the Morley flock at Morley St Botolph, Wymondham, again clinched leading honours with their first prize shearling ram, a December, 2017, home-bred by Thorbeck Montague who was acquired as a lamb from Lincolnshire breeder Jim Birkwood. Out of a Whitehead dam from Robert Vincent’s Welsh flock, the victor, picked out by judge Stephen Short, who runs the Highcliffe flock in Southowram, Halifax, sold for top price of 500gns when finding a new home north of the border with A Morton from Stirling.
Standing reserve champion was the first prize Morley ram lamb, a December, 2018, home-bred by Morley Maverick, which sold to the same buyer for 200gns, with another December-born ram lamb from the same home by Treworthal Double Act, heading the section prices at 320gns when also returning to Scotland with John Sinclair & Son in Castle Douglas.
The Jones family, who established their second Hampshire Down flock in 2011 – Mr Jones started his first flock in the late 1980s – consigned four ram lambs and 2 shearling rams, with 100% clearance.
Local breeder John Craig, who runs the Lumb flock in Rathmell, also caught the eye with a 300gns shearling ram by Court Chief, a top 1% ram, out of a Teesdale ewe, which was claimed by C Padgett, of Caton, Lancaster.
The annual fixture attracted a smaller entry than previous years, but nevertheless strong on quality and meeting good demand. Averages: Shearling rams 345gns, Ram lambs 230gns, Senior Rams 260gns. Shearling ewes at 390gns, , Ewe lambs 150gns
pictures by Adrian Legge Photography.