Marwoods make hay again at Skipton Charollais females showcase

Father and son Charles and Stephen Marwood’s all-conquering Foulrice flock at Whenby, near York, added yet more accolades to its ever-growing tally when not only retaining the 2015 championship, but also presenting the reserve champion and top price shearling ewe at the 12th annual autumn show and sale of registered breeding females, staged under the auspices of the British Charollais Sheep Society at Skipton Auction Mart. (Sat, Oct 8)

The title winner, the first prize December, 2014, shearling ewe by the Castellau Krypton daughter, Foulrice Lightening, out of a Edstaston Head Master ewe, formed an integral part of the 2016 Marwood show team, standing first in class at both Ryedale and Kilnsey Shows this summer.

Scanned carrying twins to Foulrice Osprey, the 2015 Great Yorkshire Show male champion and champion at both Otley and Kilnsey Shows, who has sired sons to 3,200gns, the Skipton victor was chosen by show judge David Roberts, from Kenley in Shropshire, who then backed his judgement in the sale ring when claiming her for 800gns.

However, it was the Marwoods’ second prize shearling ewe and reserve champion that clinched top call of the day at 1,100gns when finding a new home in Cumbria with E McCann, of Askam-in-Furness.

The March, 2015, ewe is by Lowereye Neil’s Favourite, described as “a tremendous carcase breeder” by Mr Marwood, who acquired the sire as a lamb in 2013 from Welsh breeder Neil Oughton, of Montgomery in Powys. The Skipton top price, out of a Dalby Mount Aloe ewe, with a top 5% index of 3809, has also been scanned carrying twins to a recent Marwood purchase, Bronwydd Ready to Rumble.

The Marwoods also sold another Lightening daughter for 520gns to the Sandham family in East Carlton, Yeadon, along with two further shearling ewes at 350gns, supplemented by ewe lambs at 420gns and 400gns, this for their second prize-winning daughter of Dalby Mount Aloe.

The third prize shearling ewe came from BCSS North of England Region 3 chairman. Kenton Foster’s Fosters flock in Garriston, Leyburn. The January, 2015, daughter of Edstaston Montpelier, from the Ashby flock of Lincolnshire’s Edward Middleton, made 400gns when joining AV Bailey in Masham.

Mr Foster sold two further shearling ewes at 420gns, both to regular local buyer Neville Smith’s Fold flock in Lothersdale. The same vendor also made it a hat-trick of 420gns sales with his second highest priced ewe lamb, interbreed champion at Wensleydale Show this year, which sold to Lewis Thompson, from Fadmoor, York

Northants breeders Geoff and Carol Watson, of Eastbrook Hill, Desborough, made 450gns with another shearling ewe, this falling to another local buyer, Airton’s David Hargreaves.

Cyril Dougherty’s Shamrock flock, based at Kirby Misperton in North Yorkshire, presented the third prize and top price 500gns ewe lamb, which this year stood first at both Malton and Egton Shows. By Edstaston Normandy, she found a new home north of the border with Messrs Watson & Sutherland, from Pool of Muckhart in Clackmannanshire.

The red rosette-winning ewe lamb from Don Green’s Regen flock at Sutton, near Ely in Cambridgeshire, is a twin daughter of Wernfawr Nijinsky, who has sired ram lambs to 4,000gns, out of a Wernfawr ewe purchased last year carrying the Skipton class winner. She sold for 400gns to Skipton regular, Robert Towers, of Camp House Farm, Farelton, Lancaster,

Shearling ewes averaged £489 per head, an increase on the 2015 average of £451, and ewe lambs £335, compared to £385 last year.