As I sit down to write my final report as Kirkby Stephen Chairman, I wonder where those last three years have gone.
Before I forget may I take this opportunity to say thank you to all branch and committee members for all your support. Special thanks must go to Christine our Secretary for keeping me in line.
In conjunction with fellow members from Lazonby branch we made our annual trip to the Royal Cornwall Show (8th – 10th June). This year we decided to source the sheep for the stand from our own area. Due to the sad loss of Bill Pedlar earlier in the year, we felt we didn’t want to hassle Clare with the job. (We are eternally grateful to them for providing us with sheep over the last five years).
Thanks must also go to the Cornelius Family, Camelford, who have provided hurdles for all these years.
The outstanding sheep we took with us were kindly loaned by:-
Messrs Lord (Mule Ewe with two Texel cross lambs)
Winter Bros Farmers Ltd (Mule Hogg with Suffolk cross lamb)
The response we received whilst there was excellent with many positive comments about the attributes of the Mule. A well worthwhile trip and good for customer relations.
Results of the 2017 Show & Sale (7th/8th September)
The pre-sale Show on Thursday night saw an outstanding turnout of 16 pens of lambs on display.
The results with thanks to the expertise of our judges Mr Henry Tustian, Banbury and Mr James Ogden, Austwick with Mr Phillip Elliott, Mungrisdale acting as referee were as follows:-
Class 1 – 10 Lambs open to all Vendors
1st and Overall Champion pen winning the PF & K Perpetual Trophy and the late C. Jackson Trophy – W.M. Hutchinson & Sons, Redgate.
2nd and Reserve Champion pen winning the H & H Perpetual Trophy –
H.R. Hayton & Son, Asby Grange.
3rd K.A. Brown & Sons, Asby Hall.
4th G.P. Taylor & Sons, Swathburn.
5th H.W. & M.A. Alderson & Son, Howgill Grange.
Class 2 –
10 Lambs confined to vendors of 200 or less and members of Kirkby Stephen
1st and winning the William Dent Perpetual Trophy – Messrs I & P Brown, Oak House.
2nd D. & J.H. Richardson, Croft House.
3rd G.R. Birkbeck, Castle Hill.
4th D. Curr & Son, Bowderdale.
5th C.R. & M.J. Birbeck, High Stennerskeugh.
On sale day there was a catalogued entry of 12,170 lambs, averaging £103.96 which was up £2.12 on the year.
Credit must go to all the vendors, as ever, a quality show of lambs did us proud.
We must say a special thank you to all the buyers, old and new from near and far for your continued support at Kirkby Stephen.
A personal thank you to Mark and James, our excellent auctioneers and to all H&H Staff who work hard to make it such a successful day. I must not forget all the sponsors for their support.
Finally thank you to Shearwell for organising the Prize Draw and donating the fantastic prize of a £500 Voucher, this year won by J R Wharton, Galloper Garth.
As I exit my role as chairman we still contemplate the outcome of Brexit. Let’s hope they get it right for the future of British Agriculture.
I now leave you in the capable hands of Mark Jenkinson and wish him well.
Branch Chairman Colin Dent