Kirkhouse leads Skipton Society female sale with championship honours 

Having clinched the pre-sale championship under judge Ben Radley of the Loaningfoot flock, father and son team of David and Jonathan Norman, Cockermouth, Cumbria, took the top price of the day at 1100gns for their ewe lamb. 

Judge Ben Radley with his champion (right) from David and Jonathan Norman and reserve (left) from Charles and Stephen Marwood

Kirkhouse 23XNK03339 is by Crunklaw Whisky Mac and is out of a homebred female by Kirkhouse Optimus. After bidding from the ringside and online, the hammer fell to Richard Powell for his Iskeymeadow flock in Armagh, Northern Ireland. 

Kirkhouse 23XNK03339, pre-sale champion, sold for 1100gns

Next up was the best of the in-lamb shearling ewe offering from yet another successful father and son team, Charles and Stephen Marwood, Whenby, Near York. Their best at 1000gns was Foulrice 22DG11785, a Sheldon Supreme daughter out of a homebred female by Foulrice Osprey. Having been AI’d to Padest A Class, a tup purchased from the Main NSA Builth sale last year, this one was knocked down to S and S Murray, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire. 

Foulrice 22DG11785, sold for 1000gns

Then at 800gns was the Marwood family’s reserve champion, Foulrice 22DG11891, another by Sheldon Supreme and this time out of a Dalby Sherman sired homebred daughter. Again, AI’d to A Class, this one found a new home with G and S Sinclair, Carspairn, Castle Douglas. 

Foulrice 22DG11891, pre-sale reserve champion and sold for 800gns

Two shearling ewes then met a price tag of 650gns, the first being Kirkhouse 22XNK03161 from the Norman family. By a Hillside ram and out of the 3000gns Parkgate Super Hot, a Carnew Nijinsky daughter, she sold scanned for twins to Crunklaw Whisky Mac to Gelston Castle Farms, Gelston, Castle Douglas. 

The next at that money was another in-lamb shearling ewe from the Marwood family, Foulrice 22DG12459. By Bachymbyd Voyager and out of a Dalby Sherman daughter, this one sold having been AI’d to top index ram Foulrice Atlas to C Exley, Halifax, West Yorkshire. 

Back with ewe lambs and the second highest price in this offering was the second placed ewe lamb from David and Jonathan Norman, Kirkhouse 23XNK03340. A full sister to the sale leader and pre-sale champion, she caught the eye of K A and J E Gascoigne, Wakefield, West Yorkshire. 

Two more ewe lambs then followed at 500gns, the first being Foulrice 23DG12627 from the Marwood’s. By Skelton Whin Waldgeist and out of a homebred Sheldon Supreme daughter, this one sold to James Danforth, Tadcaster, West Yorkshire. 

Next at that money was another by the Skelton Whin tup, this time Foulrice 23DG12879. Out of a Dalby Mount Aloe daughter, this one was knocked down to C Mitton, Clitheroe, Lancashire. 

Averages: 2 ewes £420, 3 empty ewes £393, 18 shearling ewes £599, 18 ewe lambs £491 (CCM Auctions).