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After last weeks buoyant trade, The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart PLC had forward another large show of 1,034 ewes with lambs at foot at their weekly sale at Longtown on Tuesday 30th April.

Sale ringTrade was up and down owing to the distinct lack of grass. Strong outfits sold easily as did younger aged shearlings and ewe hoggs, older ewes with small lambs still proving the hardest to cash. We would encourage people to let the lambs get a little older to meet the market.

The sale was topped at £87 per life for pure Suffolks with singles from Mr Boyd, Shawhill. Shearlings to £64 for Mules with twins from H. & M. Connell, Minsca. Hoggs to £60 for Mules with twins from Porterstown.

Hoggs with twins
Greyface £60 Porterstown.

Shearlings with singles
Greyface £64 Rabygrange; Suffolk £53 The Paddock; Texel £44 Scarlett Hall.

Shearlings with twins
Greyface £64, £60 Minsca, £60 Porterstown; Texel £60 Minsca; Suffolk £47 Murraythwaite, £41 Hopestead.

Ewes with singles
Suffolk £87, £70 Shawhill, £50 The Paddock; Texel £67 The Lake, £62, £56 The Paddock; Greyface £59 Meadow View, £55 Newlands; North Country Cheviot £49 West Millhills; Swaledale £30 Bellmount; Blackface £26 Cowgate.

Ewes with twins
Greyface £55 Newlands, £50 West Wharmley; Texel £50 The Lake; Suffolk £44.50 Murraythwaite; Cheviot Mule £37 Murraythwaite.

A small end of season show of 157 store hoggs were forward and were easily sold, topping at £70 for Texels from Third Farms.

Principal prices:-
Texel £70, £63 Third Farm, £58 Shaw Cottage, £56 Shaw of Dryfe; Swaledale £66 Claryghyll; Greyface £56 Third Farm, £49 Drinkstone, £46 Shaw of Dryfe; Suffolk £47 Clarghyll, £46 Ryehills; Blackface £30 Wanwood Hill.

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