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store sheep ringThe Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers’ Mart P.L.C. held their Annual Sale of Breeding Sheep at Longtown on Wednesday 2nd September 2009, when their was forward 4,041 head.

With buyers present from as far as Norfolk and an excellent show forward.

All classes of ewes met a substantial rise of £24.51 on the year. Top of £170 and £145 for 2 shear Dutch Texels from Alderley Terrace; 3 shears £105 Stackbraes. Greyfaces to £113 and £104 for 2 shears from Parcelstown, others £94 and £92 Hillcrest; 3 shear £86 Leaona Villa, £82 Calvo, £81 Butterdales; 4 shear £78 Dashwellgreen; 5 shear £72 Grainhead. Cheviot Mules to £75 for 3 shears from Copperthorns; 4 shear £70 Chaple. Charollais 2 shears £90 Leaona Villa.

Included in the sale were 600 Stock Scotch Mule ewes from Messrs Duncan, Newlands, Auldgirth, Dumfries, due to a change in farming policy. The stock was well presented and met a sound trade to average £77 and to a top of £84 for 1 crops, £78 2 crop, £76 3 crop, £70 4 crop.

Shearlings were a much better quality show with trade very dear and good sheep in demand. The sale average was £100.99, up £35.35 on the year. Top price was £126 (x2) for Suffolk x shearlings from Dairy Farm and Vicarage who also sold Suffolk x at £124, £123 and £121.

Greyface shearlings sold to £124 from Fieldside and £122 from Broomhills and Sceughdyke, £120 and £116 Broomhills, £114 Sceughdyke, £110 (x2) Wardhead, £110 (x2) Snowden Close. Texel shearlings £110 (x2) Ladyhousesteads, £100, £99 Grayrigg; Cheviot Mule £107, £106 Dairy House, £100 Snowden Close; Lleyn £92 Norman Farm, £90 Snowden Close; Bluefaced Leicester £80 Bellmount.

Also forward were 40 rams which saw quality sorts easily sold to a top of £580 for a Texel shearling from Jonathan Graham, Lawshall, who sold others to £400, £310 and £300. Charollais shearlings £250, £200 Lesson Hall. Beltex 2 shear ram £260 Knells. Texel 3 shear ram £340 Lawshall. Beltex ram lambs to £170 (x2) Knells.

Also included was a small sale of Zwartbles sheep. Two shear rams to £130 Cubby Hill, ram lambs to £140 and £100 Broomhills. Ewes to £95 Crofthead Terrace, £90 Horsley Hope Mill. Shearlings to £105 Horsley Hope Hill, £90 Lochwood Cottage. Ewe lambs to £120 (x2) Broomhills, £115 Crofthead Terrace.

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