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Regional Council Member
My name is Claire Bentham,
I live in the small village of Long Preston, at the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. I have been involved with sheep most of my life, and though not farm bred ( born in Saltaire, deepest darkest West Yorkshire) I am definitely farm reared, spending childhood holidays on a family friend’s Hill farm where I eventually became shepherdess and land girl!
I have owned and bred my own pedigree Jacob Flock since 2013, 10 breeding ewes plus followers. An intimate number which can be managed nicely, I work full time and have my own Dog Grooming business. My sheep provide my life with the comforting routine of animal care and husbandry, as well as the social pleasure of showing, sale ring buzz and the constant strive to improve every year.
I look forward to my new role with the Northern Region with enthusiasm. After more than a year of everyone being confined to the folds, I know we can all anticipate the excitement of turnout with keen energy and fresh ideas. It will be wonderful to get together with friends again, meet new people, and experience live interaction.
Here’s hoping that zooming will soon be in the past!
SKIPTON SHOW AND SALE
A call of 1,400gns for the overall champion topped the Jacob Sheep Society’s 46th annual Northern Area sale at Skipton Auction Mart. The sale leader was the first prize shearling ewe from Howard Walsh’s Thornley flock near Longridge, Preston, which judge Clive Richardson had earlier pulled out for the supreme rosette. It was a home-bred March, 2020 four-horner by the home-bred ram, Thornley Vulcan, and out of a Meathop Dun Boy ewe in the flock’s best female line. It sold to Ewen MacMillan, Fintry, Glasgow.
It was also a good day for Robert and Jean Price, Churchstoke, Powys, with entries from their respective Pentre and Pentrenant flocks. Robert won the reserve supreme championship with his first prize shearling ram, a January, 2020, four-horned triplet by the home-bred Pentre King Harp out of a Milldale Trueman-sired Kinloch ewe. The buyer was Joe Edmondson, Kendal at 200gns.
Robert also won the ewe lamb class with a January-born 4-horn triplet by Kinloch Franco out of an Edingale ewe which sold at 450gns to Jennifer Milton, Keith, Aberdeenshire.
Jean Price, who in 2019 at Skipton set a new all-time breed record price
of 4,600gns with a ram lamb, sold this year’s first prize aged ewe at 700gns. The 2018 born four-horner by Hope Flash Lad went to the Stanleys’ Blackbrook flock, Melbourne, Derbyshire. Jean sold her third prize ewe lamb at 320gns.
Mike Munro, Ladybank, Fife, sold his January-born four-horn ewe lamb by Oakdean Dave at 740gns when it went back to Scotland with fellow vendor Adam Christie for his Adamski flock, Huntly, Aberdeenshire. The fifth prize ewe lamb from Adamski, a two-horn single by the same sire, sold to Jamie Hardman, Windermere at 540gns who also paid 400gns for the sixth prize ewe lamb from Tom Lewis’s Salopearl flock, Whitchurch.
A two-horned shearling ewe from Matthew Benson’s Mewstone flock, Pennington, Ulverston, made 650gns also to Mr Hardman. This was a February, 2020, 2-horn twin by Meadowland Georgio, out of a Mewstone daughter of Lower Argoed Torpedo.
Gavin and Rebecca Haworth, Skipton, who were stewarding the event, sold their third prize Hurrsdale shearling ewe at 450gns. A March, 2020 two-horner by the home-bred Hurrsdale Oxygen it was bought by Claire Bentham, Long Preston. Her own Greenbank flock headed the shearling ram prices at 600gns with the two-horned Greenbank Armani, a March 2020, 2-horner by Rill Chill and out of a home-bred Hurrsdale Murdoch dam. It sold to David and Julia Maddan, Leyburn.
The ram lamb trade peaked at 510gns for the first prize winner, a January two-horner from Arwel Jones’ Celtic flock, Llanfynydd, Carmarthenshire. This was by the home-bred Celtic Mini Ben, out of a home-bred Nettlebed Kerryman-sired dam. It sold to Mr Hardman.
Ewes £278, shearling ewes £237, ewe lambs £189, shearling rams
£294, ram lambs £243.