Hope flock champion again and top price at Skipton Jacob showcase Wyn and Siwan Harries, who run the Hope flock at Wenant, near Llandeilo in Carmarthenshire, repeated the championship success achieved on their first-ever appearance last year on their return to the 2019 Jacob Sheep Society Northern Region 44th annual show and sale at Skipton Auction Mart. (Saturday, August 31) .


The couple retained the title with their first prize aged ewe and female champion, a January, 2015, 4-horn bred by the same family’s Gobaith flock run by Mrs Harries and daughters Sara and Lois.
By Hope Rocky, a Royal Welsh champion bred from a renowned line going back some ten years – his sire was a Scottish-bred Cavers ram - the Skipton victor, who is out of a Jean Price Pentrenant ewe, went on to head the selling prices at 1,100gns when rejoining the Price family, specifically the show judge, Jean’s husband Robert Robert Price, for his own Pentre flock in Churchstoke, Powys.
The Harries family also achieved a 700gns sale with a fully home-bred ram lamb, the January 4-horn Hope Warrior, by Hope Rocky Boy, which found a new home across the sea with County Wicklow’s N Fletcher.
Standing reserve champion was the first prize ram lamb from first-time exhibitors from Northern Ireland, the Colhoun family – mum and dad, Paul and Sharon, and their 15-year-old son, Alex -who run the Kingarrow flock in Omagh, County Tyrone. Joseph Duff is also key to the operation.
Their January-born Kingarrow Hulk is a 2-horn son of Pard House Major, bred in Worcestershire by Deborah Howell, out of a Betty Palmer Nettlebed ewe. The Colhouns – Paul works as a rep for a tyre firm, while Sharon is a nursing home manager - have been breeding Jacobs since 2009 and currently have 35 breeding females.
Their Skipton overall reserve headed the section prices at 800gns when claimed by Welsh breeders the Trumper family, from Brynderi, Abergavenny in Monmouthshire.
Shearling ewe prices also peaked at 800gns for the third prize winner from another Northern Ireland showman, Jimmy McGrath, who runs the Gleannmor flock in Omagh. His February, 2018, 4-horn ewe, a daughter of Hope Hawk, out of a Gleannmor ewe by Dunmor Xcite, joined Vicky Duncan, from Muirkirk in East Ayrshire.
Mr McGrath achieved further success when consigning the first prize ewe lamb, a January-born 4-horn also by Hope Hawk, out of a Tirelugan ewe. This, too, sold well at 500gns to G Harper, of Bonchester Bridge in Roxburghshire.
Ewe lamb class prices peaked at 550gns for a Hope Flash Lad daughter from breed stalwart Jean Price’s Pentrenant flock, this heading back to Northern Ireland with the Colhoun family.
Mrs Price, who last year at Skipton set a new all-time breed record price of 4,600gns with her reserve champion ram lamb – she has also been supreme champion several times at the venue – was, of course, unable to show this year as her husband Robert was adjudicating.
Shearling rams sold to a high of 200gns for a March, 2018, 2-horn from Chris and Emily Maudsley’s Escrigg flock at Endmoor, Kendal. Their Langdale Laddy son, Escrigg Buster, out of a Mintside ewe sold to Staffordshire’s Paul Jolliffe.
The sale attracted a 117-strong entry, which were a firm trade, with females particularly good to sell. Shearlings and senior rams saw good clearance rates, while the ram lamb trade, as always, was selective.
Top prices and averages were: Ewes to 1100gns (av £301), shearling ewes to 800gns (av £280, ewe lambs to 550gns (av £197), shearling rams to 200gns (av £144), ram lambs to 800gns (av £271), rams to 400gns.

ANNUAL SALE OF JACOB SHEEP. Show results – Judges:  R Price. Champion – DW Harries Lot 457
Reserve – P Colhoun Lot 586


1st E Wilson Lot 571sold for 400gns

2nd JR Fozzard Lot 572 sold for 200gns


Shearling Ram

1st J Atkinson Lot 579 unsold

2nd M Munro Lot 575 sold for 150gns

3rd M Hurford Lot 581 sold for 90gns

4th S Kendall Lot 580 sold for 100gns

5th Fenton & Fozzard Lot 576 sold for 150gns

6th C&E Maudsley Lot 577 sold for 200gns


Ram Lamb

1st P Colhoun Lot 586 sold for 800gns

2nd DW Harries Lot 602 sold for 700gns

3rd R Francis Lot 605 sold for 300gns

4th J Jones Lot 613 unsold

5th M Munro Lot 593 sold for 140gns

6th K Gaskell Lot 589 sold for 350gns


Aged Ewe

1st DW Harries Lot 457 sold for 1100gns

2nd JT Black Lot 453 sold for 250gns

3rd R Kernohan Lot 452 sold for 180gns

4th R Kernohan Lot 451 sold for sold for 180gns

5th Fenton & Fozzard Lot 459 sold for 140gns


Shearling Ewe

1st A Hamilton Lot 469 unsold

2nd GP Haworth Lot 490 sold for 250gns

3rd JA McGarth Lot 470 sold for 800gns

4th C Bentham Lot 467 sold for 280gns

5th GA Ridout Lot 464 sold for 240gns

6th L Trumper Lot 495 sold for 380gns


Ewe Lamb

1st JA McGarth Lot 504 sold for 500gns

2nd L Trumper Lot 507 sold for 450gns

3rd DW Harries Lot 536 sold for 300gns

4th E Wilson Lot 560 unsold

5th E Wilson Lot 561 unsold

6th DW Harries Lot 535 sold for 140gns


Champion – DW Harries Lot 457

Reserve – P Colhoun Lot 586


Averages –

Ewe                                       to 1100gns av £301

Shearling Ewe                   to 800gns av £280

Ewe Lamb                           to 550gns av £197

Ram                                       to 400gns

Shearling Ram                   to 200gns av £144

Ram Lamb                           to 800gns av £271


Prices –

DW Harries                        1100gns 700gns

JA McGarth                        800gns 500gns

P Colhoun                           800gns

DJ Price                                550gns