Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward
600 head at their Annual Ram Fair at Longtown on Wednesday
7th October 2009, with one of the best shows for quality seen in many
years resulting in a flying trade from start to finish.
non-registered Bluefaced Leicester Sheep were a larger and better
show and attracted a full attendance of buyers, prices were very
dear with an overall average of £348.50.
Top price of £2,200
for a superb shearling from Messrs Carruthers, Peela Hill, Bewcastle,
Carlisle, who sold others at £700, £750 and £700.
Other leading prices of £900, £850 and £600 The
Side, £580 Park Nook.
Ram lambs sold to £500 for a
good lamb from Mrs C. MacGillivray, Troutbeck Cottage, Heads Nook,
Carlisle, others £280 Raggetsyke, £250 Primside Mill
Aged rams to £500 and £480 The Row,
others £420 Shielsknowe, £380 Fordlands.
to £180 (x2) and £110 The Side. Ewes to £100
Sunnyside and Blackhamilton.
|Champion Bluefaced Leicester
Prior to the sale judging was ably
carried out by Mr George McGimpsey, D’Mainholm, Canonbie
whose awards were as follows:-
Shearling ram:- 1st Prize and Champion – Messrs
Sinclair, Shielsknowe, Jedburgh.
2nd Prize – Messrs Carruthers, Peela Hill, Bewcastle.
3rd Prize – Messrs Aitchison, The Side, Newcastleton.
lamb:- 1st Prize – Mrs C. MacGillivray, Troutbeck Cottage,
2nd Prize – R. Carter, Parcelstown, Longtown.
3rd Prize – R. Fraser, Sunnyside, Penton.
Also held was the show and sale of Texel rams and ram lambs
on behalf of The Solway & Tyne Breeders Club. The show was
ably judged by Mr Robert Carruthers, Blacksmiths Cottage, Penton
who awarded the Championship to an outstanding shearling ram from
regular consignor Mr A. Bell, Burnside, Kirkton, Hawick which realised £1,550
to D. Bell, Greenknowe, Canonbie.
Top price of the day was for the second prize
shearling, also from Kirkton which realised £1,600 to D. & D.
Aitken, Upper Cleugh, Lockerbie.
Shearling ram:- 1st Prize– Messrs A.R. Bell, Kirkton, Burnside, Hawick.
2nd Prize – Messrs A.R. Bell, Kirkton, Burnside, Hawick.
3rd Prize – Messrs Robertson, The Becks, Langholm.
1st Prize – G. Wilkinson, Arkleby House, Arkleby, Aspatria.
2nd Prize – S. Crozier, Raggetsyke, Waterbeck, Lockerbie.
3rd Prize – H. Woodmass, Harene, Linstock, Carlisle.
sold other Texel shearling rams at £1,000 and £700,
others to £750 Beckhouse Farm, £680 Flex, £680
(x3) Becks, £650
Kirkton, £620 Becks, £600 Kirkton, £600 Whitcastles.
Top averages – Kirkton
(11) £793, Becks (8) £566, Whitcastles (3) £560,
Crumhaugh Hill (4) £445.
Texel ram lambs were also in demand
selling to £500 from J. Frame, Little
Galla to Mesrs Campbell, Thrunton, others £450 Raggetsyke, £400
Top averages – Woodhead (10) £287, Little
Galla (10) £241,
Sandilands (10) £229.
Suffolk rams sold to £800 for a lamb from The Lands who sold others at £760, £700, £680, £640, £620, £520
and £500, others £400 Archerbeck.
Charolais ram lambs to £440
Pateshill, £320 The Kerr and Pates Hill.
rams sold to £460 for Charollais from Thackwood; Beltex
cross £400 Lesson Hall and Upper Cleugh, £380 Flex;
Border Leicester Shearling £300 Croft Avenue; North Country
Cheviot Shearlings £300, £260, £230
North Synton; Bleu d’Maine £220 Ormiston Lodge; Hampshire £160, £150
Snowden Close. Two shear rams to £340 for a Rouge from Dinwoodie