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store sheep ringThe Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 6,012 store lambs, 1,256 breeding sheep and 24 rams at their sale at Longtown on Tuesday 3rd November 2009.

Store lambs still getting dearer with more distant buyers present. Top of £67 for Texels from Rinnion Hills, £66 Solway Bank; Greyface £63.20, £60.50 Hesley Well, £60 Penpeugh, £55 Greyside and Deadwater; Beltex £60.50 Rinnion Hills; Suffolk £60.50, £58.80 Risehead; Charollais £57.80 Ridley; Lleyn £52, £50.20 The Height; Hill North Cheviots £50.20 Alnham Castle Hill; Herdwick £49.50 Bryntoplihan; Kendal Rough £49 Church View; Blackface £47.50 Allensgreen, £47 Greyside and Horseholm, £46.50 Sewing Shields and Cowcorse; Swaledale £39.50 Stobbylea, £37 Ramshope. Feeding ewes to £85.50 for Texels from Bradley who also sold hill types at £45.50.

There were also 1,513 Cheviot lambs forward with trade as dear. Top of £50.20, £49.80 Girnwood, £47.50 Gilmanscleugh, £47 Priesthaugh, £46.50 Glendearg.

All classes of breeding sheep met a very strong trade, which included the dispersal of 260 Hill Cheviot stock sheep from Georgefield, Westerkirk on behalf of Messrs Briggs, whose prices were as follows:- Shearlings to £74; 1 crop £74; 2 crop £75; 3 crop £78; 4 crop £56, overall average £73.60. Ewes sold to £76 for Texels from Bayles; Lleyn £74 Tower Tye Cottage; Swaledale £60 Longriggthorn; Blackface £57 Alnham Castle Hill; Cheviot Mule £50 Arnmannoch; Hill Cheviot £40 Tushielaw. Shearlings to £48 for Lleyns from The Mark. Ewe lambs to £68 for Texels from Hawksnest; Greyface £67 Longriggthorn, £64 Greyside; Bleu d’Maine £66 The Close; Hill Cheviot £40 Tushielaw. Rams were again a strong demand to a top of £440 and £320 for Suffolk shearlings from Drummie; North Country Cheviot £120 Bayles; Leicester £100 Candybank. Ram lambs to £240 for a Suffolk from Riddings Hill; Beltex x Texel £150 Harene; Texel £100 Harene.

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