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.
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
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
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
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