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The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers’ Mart P.L.C. had forward 2,457 ewes, 1,642 shearlings and 15 rams at their Annual Special Sale at Longtown on Wednesday 3rd September 2008.

An excellent show of sheep forward attracted many buyers from as far away as Suffolk. All classes were good to sell at firmer rates than last year.

Shearlings sold to £90 for Texels from Windy Hill, others £84 Hillhead, £80 Windy Hill; Greyface £84 Broomhills, £80 Sceughdyke; Cheviot Mule £84 Greenacres; Suffolk £82, £78 Kirkhouse; Swaledale £43 Bolam Crofts.

Ewes sold to a top of £83 and £75 for Suffolks from Kirkhouse; Greyface £76, £70 Parcelstown, £64 Fieldside; Bleu d’Maine £76 Lustruther Cottage; Texel £70 Shawhill, £68 Clonrae; Half Bred £54 Redhouse; Lleyn £51 Shawhill, £50 Norman Farm; Cheviot Mule £50 The Croft; Cheviot £47 Woodhouselees; Jacob £37 Shawhill; Swaledale £28 Stackbraes.

Ewe lambs sold to £53 for Texels from Shawhill.

Rams sold to £390 and £340 for Charollais x Beltex shearlings from Lesson Hall, Texel shearling rams to £340 and £330 Roachburn who sold two shear Texels at £240.

Included in the sale was the dispersal of 565 Greyface sheep from the Springkell Estate for Michael Johnson-Ferguson. The sheep were well shown and in excellent condition, trade was buoyant throughout.

Greyface gimmers to £60, 1 crop £55, 2 crop £55, 3 crop £46, 4 crop £41.50, 5 crop £38. Suffolk gimmers to £71, 2 crop £70, 3 crop £53, 4 crop £56. Overall average just short of £50.

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