Longtown Bluefaced Leicester Sale Report
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart plc held its Inaugural Show & Sale of Bluefaced Leicester rams, ram lambs and females on behalf of the Bluefaced Leicester Sheep Society at Longtown on Wednesday 17th September 2014.
A catalogue entry of 105 sheep saw the best breeders sheep sell easily and short of demand, with commercial rams working away at a steady trade.
Both crossing types and blue types were both sought after with vendors going home satisfied at the days trading.
The sale was topped at £3,500 for a ram lamb from J. Wight & Sons, Midlock. This outstanding lamb was by the homebred F27 Midlock Mustang and after some fierce bidding, was eventually knocked down to G.E. Carter & Son, Forget Me Not, Blackford.
The second top price of £1,100 also went to Midlock, by the E1 Barf House sire this long rangey lamb also went home with Mr Carter.
The presale show, which was sponsored by Wm. Armtrong & Son, Longtown and Natural Stockcare was ably judge by Mr James Raine, Fog Close, Penrith.
He awarded the Overall Championship to the ram lamb (which saw a large class of 22 forward) from Mosser Mains Farm, Mosser Mains, which went on to realise £900 to Lilburn Farming Partnership, Roseden.
Aged rams – 1st – Falklands (£600), 2nd – Old Church (£400), 3rd – Old Church (£400).
Shearling rams – 1st Addingham (£250), 2nd – Lilburn (£600), 3rd – Parton (£350), 4th Westend (£480).
Ram lambs – 1st Mosser Mains (£900), 2nd – Parton (£650), 3rd The Close (£450), 4th Midlock (£3,500).
Ewes – 1st – The Close (£300), 2nd – Shielsknowe (£120).
Gimmer shearlings – 1st The Close (£320), 2nd – Shielsknowe (£200), 3rd – Low Carry House (£220), 4th Sheilsknowe (£150).
Ewe lambs – 1st Piel View (£320), 2nd – Penpeugh (£180), 3rd Nisbets (£100).
Male Champion – Mosser Mains (£900) ram lamb.
Reserve Male Champion – Addingham (£250) shearling.
Female Champion – The Close (£300) ewe.
Reserve Female Champion – Piel View (£320) ewe lamb.
Overall Champion –Mosser Mains.
Overall Reserve Champion –The Close.
Ram lambs – £3,500, £1,100 Midlock, £900, £700 Mosser Mains, £650 Nunslcleugh and Burgh Head, £600, £550, £500 Burnside, £500 (x3) Nunscleugh, £500 Mosser Mains, £450 Orchardton.
Shearling rams – £600, £500 Lilburn, £480 Westend, £450 Tinnis, £400 (x2) Lilburn, £350 Penpeugh.
Two shear rams – £600 Burnside, £400 (x2) Tecket.
Ewe lambs – £350 Low Carry House, £320 The Lodge.
Gimmer shearlings – £320 The Close, £220 Low Carry House, £200 (x3) Shielsknowe.