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The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers’ Mart P.L.C. held their annual show and sale of breeding rams at Longtown on Wednesday 8th October, 2008 when there were 141 Bluefaced Leicesters and 171 Suffolk, Texel & Continental rams.

A nice entry of Bluefaced Leicesters attracted a good company of buyers, but as with other centres only the best found any trade.

Top price was £320 for a shearling ram from Messrs. Carruthers, Peela Hill who sold others at £250 & £220. They also had the top average of £213 (6). Others to £200 Wanwood Hill. Aged rams to £100 The Close. Ram lambs to £140, £110 Broomisle and £100 Parcelstown & Old Police House.

Female shearlings to £60 Collin Bank, £55 The Row, ewe lambs £150, £90 Peela Hill.

Champion Bluefaced Leicester
Champion Bluefaced Leicester

At the pre sale show judging was in the able hands of Mr. Keith Robinson, Welshpool who awarded the following:-

Shearling rams 1st & reserve champion G E Carter & Son, Parcelstown, 2nd Mrs A Little, The Close

Ram lamb and champion 1st GE Carter & Son, Parcelstown, 2nd GE Carter & Son, Parcelstown.

The Suffolk, Texel & Continental rams and ram lambs were easily sold with quality in demand.

Champion Texel
Champion Texel

Included was the show and sale of Texel rams on behalf of Solway & Tyne Breeders Club and kindly sponsored by Tynedale Agri-Shop.

The judge was again Mr. Keith Robinson who awarded the following:-

Texel shearling – 1st & champion Messrs G Wilkinson, Arkleby House selling at £460 to W S Waugh, The Flatt, 2nd J Robertson & Son, Becks selling at £380 to DH & JM Murray, The Throp.

Texel ram lamb – 1st & reserve champion Messrs G Wilkinson, Arkleby House selling at £280 to A & JN Story, Newbiggin, 2nd Messrs G. Wilkinson, Arkleby House selling at £350 to R Abbott, Halfway House.

Ram Lambs: Suffolk £360, £260 Land Farm, £230, £220, £200 Lesson Hall, £200 Archerbeck; Texel £350, £280, £200 Arkleby House, £200 Beckhouse; Charollais £290, £250 Westerparkgate, £210 Springfield Farm.

Shearling rams: Suffolk £500, £480, £380 Land, £360 Shielsknowe, £310, £300 Lamberton; Texel £460, £350 Arkleby House, £380, £350 Becks, £340 Old Walls, £320, £310 Kirkton; Charollais £300 Westerparkgate; North Country Cheviot £220 Longoe Farm. 2 Shear Rams: Suffolk £250 Becks; Texel £200 Kirkton.

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