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Smearsett tops Skipton sale

The sole entry from David and Robin Booth's Smearsett flock secured the overall championship and the lead price of £1250 at a Bluefaced Leicester female show and sale at Skipton last week.

Robin Booth (left) with the champion and sale leader and judge, Henry Critchlow
Robin Booth (left) with the champion and sale leader and judge, Henry Critchlow

Their sale leader, from Old Hall Cottage, Feizor, a ewe hogg, is of the same breeding as their 2012 victor, being a daughter of the home-bred B13 Smearsett, better known known as Black Tag, out of a dam sired by a £17,000 Lunesdale ram from Gordon Rawsthorne at Nether Kellet, Carnforth. A full sister to a £3800 Smearsett tup, the ewe hogg was bought by Robert Tarbatt, Darwen, Lancashire.

Reserve championship was the first prize in-lamb female from the Laund flock of John Stott, Chipping. By a Mereoak tup bred by Peter Webster in Keswick and in lamb to a Welsh-based Richard Thomas Tanhouse sire, she sold for £400 to show judge Henry Critchlow, of Buxton, Derbyshire.

The Otterburn Lodge flock of Ashley Caton in Otterburn, produced the second equal top price of £650, selling two gimmers in lamb to a Middleton Hall service sire. The first by a Swathburn sire was bought by M and K Farrar in Healaugh, Reeth, while the second, a Nunscleugh daughter, sold to James Middleton, of Arncliffe.

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