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The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers’ Mart P.L.C. had forward 8,772 ewes, gimmers and ewe lambs their Annual Border Ewe Sale at Longtown on Wednesday 28th September 2011, comprising 5,566 Cheviots and 3,206 Blackface & Swaledale.

A larger show of both Cheviots and Horned ewes attracted a crowded ring of buyers from Aberdeen down to Devon, trade all day was very dear.

Top price in the North Country Cheviot ewe section was a record £202 and £200 for ewes from Messrs A. & W. Bell, Thomas Telford Road, Langholm, others £112 Marwhirn, £108 Hillcrest, £105 Naddle. Gimmers to £180, £175, £150 Rosebank, Coldingham, £142 Westhills. Ewe lambs to £122 Lanefoot, £92 Stonecroft, £90 Oakwood Mill. Ewes averaged £83.92, a rise of £14.35. Shearlings averaged £142.23, a rise of £42.23.

In the Hill Cheviot section, a new breed record was obtained when the well known Castle Crawford ewes sold at £180 for a 62 lot with another pen at £112, others £95 Crossdykes, £90 Chanlochfoot, £88 Catslackburn. Gimmers to £76 Eastfield of Wiston, £72 Fingland. Ewe lambs £90 Castle Crawford. Average £76.63, a rise of £14.29.

As expected, the majority of ewes were purchased by Welsh buyers with trade much dearer than earlier sales.

Included in the sale were two dispersals. The first, from Hopetoun Estate, Glengeith, Abington, this old established flock created a lot of interest, selling to a top of £108 for two crops, gimmers to £95, one crop £92, three crop £85, four crop £80, ewe lambs £48.

The second dispersal came from Braesteads Farm Ltd, Braesteads, Patterdale, Penrith, which sold very well to a top of £82 for one crop, gimmers to £78, two crop £72, three crop £70.

In the Horned ewes department, centre records were again broken when Messrs MacDonald, Bowershields, Bardon Mill sold Blackface gimmers at £175, others £142 Wanwood Hill, £138 Taylorburn. Blackface ewe lambs to £82 Wanwood Hill. Blackface draft ewes to £92 Tarnhouse, £90 Craigieburn and Blackburn, £86 Dalhanna. Swaledale gimmers to £128 Crookburn, £118, £114 Flosh Lodge. Swaledale draft ewes to £126, £122, £110 Naddle, others £120 Cottage Farm, £101 Baggarah Yeat.

All classes of horned ewes were considerably dearer on the year. Average of £74.77, a rise of £25.12.
Included in the sale was the dispersal of Blackface sheep stock from Mr J. Fleming, Barnglieshead, Canonbie, which met a fantastic trade with gimmers to £116, one crop £108, two crop £107, three crop £83, four crop £81, ewe lamb £50 and rams to £100.

A good quality show of over 84 North Country Cheviot shearling rams were forward at the Annual Show and Sale. Judging was in the capable hands of Mr Eddie Eastham, Naddle Farm, Bampton, Penrith, whose awards were as follows:-

1st and Champion – Messrs Runciman, Allanshaws, Stow, sold at £600 to Grains Farming Ltd.
Reserve Champion – Messrs Graham, Carruthers, Waterbeck, sold at £580 to Mr Dodd, Tundergarth Mains.

In general trade was very good.

Principal prices:- £600 (x2), £480, £380 Allanshaws, £580, £420, £400 Carruthers, £400, £320 North Synton, £380 (x2) Nuncote Nook, £300 Gilston, Byers Farm and Stobshiel Mains.

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