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Carnforth breeder achieves top prize at sheepdog show
9:18am Tuesday 5th November 2013 in News
TOP dog at the autumn sale of working sheep dogs at Craven Cattle Mart, Skipton, was Carnforth breeder and handler Tom Birkett.
Mr Birkett, of Hall Croft Barn, achieved the day’s leading price of 3,800gns (£3,990) with a highly promising youngster, his 18-month-old black and white Border Collie dog, Ben.
Ben is by the 2010 International Trials champion and 2011 World Sheep Dog Trials fourth-placed dog Cap, from Irishman Michael Gallagher in Armoy, County Antrim.
Cap caught Mr Birkett’s eye when he attended the 4th International Sheep Dog Society World Trials, the ‘Olympics’ for working sheep dogs and their handlers, at the Lowther Estate, near Penrith. “I knew then that I would like to breed from it,” said Mr Birkett.
Ben is out of Mr Birkett’s own Sue, herself a product of well-known northern breeder Derek Scrimgeour's Ben, also the sire of Spot, who sold for 2,400gns when Mr Birkett last headed the prices at Skipton five years ago.
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