The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart had forward 9,294
breeding sheep at their special sale at Longtown on Tuesday
13th September, 2011.
At the annual sale of Greyface (Mule) ewe lambs
there was an increased entry on the year; great credit must be given
to the vendors with quality improving each year. Buyers were present
from all parts of the U.K. and trade was strong throughout the sale
with running lambs at extreme rates. The overall average was up £7.02
on the year.
Prior to the sale judging was carried out very efficiently
by John Ackerley, Milton Mains, Milton, Brampton whose awards, kindly
sponsored by Bardon
Concrete, Peth Quarry, Longtown, were as follows:-
Ex Swaledale Ewe
1st Messrs James, Midtodhills, Roadhead and sold at £170
2nd Messrs Roddam, Fordlands, Hethersgill and sold at £152
3rd Messrs Bell & Copeland, Bailey Mill, Newcastleton at £130
1st Messrs Carruthers, Peela Hill, Bewcastle and sold at £138
2nd Messrs Walton, Cowden, Birtley, Hexham and sold at £110
3rd Messrs Walton, Allensgreen, Haltwhistle and sold at £112.
Champion Pen of Greyface Mules
(1st prize ex Swaledale) from Ken James, Midtodhills pictured
with the Judge, John Ackerley
1st prize Greyface Mules ex Blackface from
Addy Carruthers, Peela Hill
price were the 1st prize winners from Messrs James, Midtodhills
which sold at £170 to Frank Thomlinson, Wigton, other prices
were £152 Fordlands, £138 Peela Hill, £134, £133
Stone Hall, £130 Bailey Mill, £122 Gapshields & Parsonshields.
Continental and other breeds of ewe lambs met a much stronger trade
than previous years with many distant buyers operating.
Top was £120
for Texels from Roxburgh Mill; Suffolk Mules £108
Tone Hall; Halfbreds to £92 Whins; Bleu de Maines £95
Branxholmtown; Cheviot Mules £92 Carterton, £88 Powisholm.
ewes were a large show of good quality sheep, trade was very brisk
all day although prices were easier than a fortnight ago.
Top was £146
for Greyface (Mule) 2 shears from The Flatt, older ewes to £135
The Flatt, £128 (2), £126, £124
Sibminster; Cheviot Mules £108 Poole Bank; Texels £120
The Flatt; Leicesters £105 Roxburgh Mill; Zwartbles £98
Shearlings were a good entry, trade on the other hand
was up £10
on the fortnight and short of requirements.
Top was £156 for
Greyface Mules from Satchells, others to £154, £150
Hayclose; Texels £145 Peela Hill, £142 Sunnyside; Suffolk
x £110 Guards; Rouge £152 Dinwoodie Green; Cheviot Mule £138
Springwell & Castlefairn; Beltex £130 Peasemyres; North
Country Cheviots £120 Killimister.