A remarkable total of £2,240 was realised when generously donated sheep were sold at Skipton Auction Mart in memory of Hannah Brown.
The young farmer’s untimely death in March, aged just 26, left the agricultural world in deep shock.
Hannah had become a well-known and greatly respected figure at Skipton, initially when growing up with her parents, mart regulars and multiple prime lamb champions Martin and Val Brown, when they farmed in Newton-le-Willows.
She later succeeded in her own right as both a breeder and show winner.
Hannah moved to Dufton in Cumbria in 2019 to live with farming fiancé, Ben Richardson. Last August, the couple had a daughter, Millie, now nine-months-old.
Skipton Auction Mart auction results
The lambs were sold during Skipton Auction Mart’s annual May breeding sheep highlight on Tuesday, May 4th.
Proceeds went to Eden Valley Young Farmers Club, based in Appleby-in-Westmorland. It is hoped baby Millie will eventually follow in her mother’s footsteps by becoming a member.
First into the sale ring was a Blue Texel gimmer hogg from Hywel Williams, of Llanddeusant in Carmarthenshire. It realised £1,360 after being sold, re-offered then resold no less than five times in total.
It first fell for £320 to Will Wildman, then successively to Robert Atkinson, Scorton, and Burton Leonard’s Andrew Philips, who each bid £300.
Martin and Val Brown followed at £220, while Karen and David Shuttleworth topped this at £220. They have rather aptly given it the name Millie.
Swaledale ewe with a single lamb
Second up was a Swaledale ewe with a single lamb donated by Richard Lancaster, of Clitheroe.
The outfit sold three times for £880 in total. First for when Harry Wood, of Bowland Foods, near Preston, forked out £300.
Furthermore, CCM Skipton paid £280, before father and son, Ivan, and Paul Brown paid £300.
Ben, Millie, and the Browns were present at the sale, joined by Eden Valley YFC president, Catherine Chappelhow, chairman, Tom Barker, member Warren Porter and Tom’s father, Alan Barker, Cumbria Young Farmers Southern District president.
All expressed their sincere and heartfelt thanks for the overwhelming generosity of everyone concerned, notably Messrs Williams and Lancaster, for so kindly donating the sheep and the multiple successful bidders.