Longtown Store & Breeding Sheep Sale Report

C&D Auction Marts Limited had forward 1454 head of ewes and hoggs with lambs at foot at Longtown on Tuesday 10th May 2016.

It was the Annual Show and Sale for hoggs; both Greyface and Continental, with lambs. An outstanding show from regular consignors from the Eden Valley that have shown for years, were well presented and a credit to the breeders. Trade was sharper than expected.

Judging was in the very capable hands of John Wilson, Wood Farm, Thursby, Carlisle, whose awards were as follows:

Greyface hoggs and singles:

1st – Messrs Ridsdale, Yew Tree Farm, Ivegill and sold to £84 each.

2nd – Messrs Fawcett, Little Blencowe Farm, Penrith and sold to £83 each.

3rd – Messrs Kidd, Briggle Farm, Langwathby, Penrith and sold for the top price of the day of £86 each.

Continental hoggs and singles:

1st – Mr Watson, Four-o-Boot, Houghton, Carlisle and sold at £78 each.

2nd – Mr Bell, Cobble Hall Barn, Moorhouse, Carlisle and sold to £70 each.

3rd – Mr Bell, Cobble Hall Barn, Moorhouse, Carlisle and sold to £67 each.

Suffolk cross hoggs and singles sold to £80 and £87 from Upper Hundalee.

Shearlings with lambs to £58 for Greyface from Sourhope who also sold singles at £55.

Older ewes and lambs would be £2 per head dearer on the week, many more could have been sold.

Ewes with singles to £71 for Suffolks from Messrs King, Gospel Hall, Jedburgh, Texels to £60 from Flex. Greyface to £56 from Hullerbank and £54 High House. Charollais to £63 Stockasteads. North Country Cheviots to £63 from Gospel Hall, Hill Cheviots to £48 from Whitehill. Blackface to £35 Harsondale and Swaledale to £39 from Smithys.

Ewes with twins to £62 for Texels from West Millhills, others to £58 Dufton Wood. Greyface to £51 Flex and £50 Moss Side. North Country Cheviots to £61 West Millhills, Hill Cheviot to £40 from Doddick. Blackface to £33 Harsondale, Swaledale to £37 to Smithys.

Geld Greyface hoggs to £82 and £74 Dallowie.