James Robinson show double and class hat-trick with Mule sheep

James Robinson show double and class hat-trick with Mule sheep

CUMBRIAN farmer James Robinson achieved a show double and class hat-trick at Borderway Agri Expo 2022 in Carlisle..

The fifth-generation Lakes dairy and sheep farmer won the North of England Mule gimmer lamb pairs class for the third time in succession, and also stood champion in the singles class, newly introduced this year.

The pairs victors, receiving the NEMSA Perpetual Trophy, were bred at Millstone Moor, Cockermouth, by Neil Marston and were from his prize-winning pen out of Hawes – the Royal Highland Show winner by Highberries P5 and its pairing by M1 Highberries.

Philip Elliot, who farms at Mungrisdale, stood runner-up with the first of his two pairs from the Reed family at Lands Farm, Westgate, Bishop Auckland, the second pair from the same stable standing sixth.

James Robinson was in the prizes again in third place with a combination pairing from David Lawson and Andrew Brown, of Asby Hall, near Appleby, also the breeder behind the seventh place pairing, again from James.

Chris Hewitt, from Bentham, stood fourth in the pairs with a couple bred by Gavin White, of Horton-in-Ribblesdale and bought out of Bentham.

The Geary family, long-distance exhibitors from Milton Keynes, finished fifth with a pair bred by Freddie Moore at High Side, near Haltwhistle, while Wigton’s Julie Brough took eighth place in a fabulous line up with a pairing bought out of a pen at Cockermouth. from Messrs Folder at Wescoe.

The singles class was equally as keenly fought. The judge, Trevor Foster, from Ryehill, Sedbergham, kept both exhibitors and onlookers on their toes with a last minute swap around to give James Robinson another championship with his lamb bred by Martin Allan’s Greenhow flock in Dufton, being by M1 Smearsett, from the Booth family in Feizor, north of Settle.

Philip Elliot was bridesmaid again in the singles class with a lamb bred by the Fairburns at Marriforth. Third place went to Julie Brough with a lamb bred by Geoff Wharton, Keisley, and bought out of Lazonby, while Philip Elliot again chipped in with the fourth place single, a Hexham-bought lamb bred by the Reed family.

James Robinson stood fifth with a lamb bred at Low Dowgill by Messrs Lord and David Lawson’s Gragereth breeding also helped James get eighth place.

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