The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart PLC had forward
863 head at their Annual Ram Fair at Longtown on Wednesday 10th October
The Annual Show & Sale of 684 Texel, Suffolk and Continental
Rams and Ram Lambs was held in Longtown on Wednesday with the trade
for best quality rams very buoyant and lesser sheep proving harder
The Show for Texels, kindly sponsored by Trojan 4 x 4, Linstock,
was ably judged by Mr S. Pullin, Castlemilk Farms, who awarded the
Championship to a Texel shearling ram from first time consignor
Mr G. Cakebread, Commonside, Hawick, which realised £620 to
Messrs MacGregor, Relief, Lockerbie. The reserve champion went to
the 1st prized ram lamb from last years winners Messrs
Tough, Easterseat, Carluke which realised £800 to Mr Errington,
1st Prize and Champion – G. Cakebread,
Commonside, £620 to Relief.
2nd Prize– W.N. Douglas, Catslackburn, £750
to Highlow Hall.
3rd Prize – D. & D. Aitken, Upper Cleugh, £350
and Reserve – J. & M. Tough, Easterseat £800 to
2nd Prize – J. & M. Tough, Easterseat £750
3rd Prize – G. Wilkinson, Arkleby Hall £240
to Tump Farm.
Outwith the show the Texel section was topped at £980 for
a shearling ram from Messrs Bell, Kirkton, purchased by Messrs Rennie,
Shearlings - £980 Kirkton, £880, £800 Crumhaugh
Hill, £750 Becks and Catslackburn, £620 Commonside and
Catslackburn, £600 Sutton Close and Catslackburn.
Ram lambs - £800, £750 (x2), £500 (x3), £420, £380
Easterseat, £250 Peela Hill, £220 Mossband House and
Carran, £200 Sandilands.
Mr Pullin also ably judged the Suffolk Ram Show and awarded the
Championship to annual consignors Messrs Martindale, The Lands,
Ecclefechan, which realised £500 to Garelaw House. The reserve
went to the first prized ram lamb from Messrs Denby, Riddings Hill,
Longtown, which realised £380 to an undisclosed buyer.
1st Prize and Champion – Messrs
Martindale, Land Farm, £500 to Garelaw House.
2nd Prize– W.N. Douglas, Catslackburn, £480
3rd Prize – Messrs Hepburn, North House, £400
and Reserve – Messrs Denby, Riddings Hill, £380 to undisclosed.
2nd Prize – Messrs Martindale, Land Farm, £300
3rd Prize – Messrs Hewson, Burgh Head, £320
Outwith the show, shearlings were topped at £550 from Messrs
Beattie, Guards Mill, purchased by Mr McGimpsey.
Shearlings - £550 Guards Mill, £500 Land Farm, Catslackburn
and Guards Mill, £480 Catslackburn, £450, £400
Land Farm, £400 North House.
Ram lambs - £380 Riddings Hill, £360, £350, £320, £300
Land Farm, £300 Burgh Head.
In the Continental and other breed section, the sale was topped
at £440 for a Texel x Beltex from Messrs Beard, Dormonsteads,
Carlisle, followed at £400 for a Suffolk x Texel from Messrs
Runciman, Allanshaws and a Charollais from Messrs Carlile, Fowrass.
Texel x Beltex - £440 Dormonsteads, £400 Allanshaws.
The Annual Show & Sale of non-registered Blue Faced Leicester
Rams, Ram Lambs and Females saw 189 head forward.
A good show of crossing rams attracted a huge crowd, trade was
very brisk with quality selling extremely well to a top of £1,000
for a shearling from R.W. & M. Carruthers, Pike, Penton, next £950
£650 Fordlands, £620 Albierigg, £600 Low Struthers.
Ram lambs to £320 Low Struthers, £300 Springwell.
Aged rams to £250 Brenjulin.
Ewe lambs to £160 Peela Hill.
At the show prior to the sale, judging was in the capable hands
of Harry Gass, Nunscleugh, Bewcastle who did the job expertly, he
awarded the G.E. Carter Silver Challenge Trophy for the Champion
Leicester to a shearling ram from Messrs B.D. & M.S. Hope, Albierigg,
Canonbie, 2nd prize was Messrs A. Murray & Sons,
Sewing Shields, Haydon Bridge.
The Robert Telford Memorial Trophy for the best ram lamb went to
Mr I. Thomason, Lodge, Biggar, 2nd prize was Messrs Hewson,
Burgh Head, Burgh by Sands.