Longtown Breeding Sheep Sale Report
C & D Auction Marts Limited had forward a catalogue entry of 9,781 lowland breeding sheep at their special sale at Longtown on Tuesday 13th September, 2016.
At the main sale a grand entry 4,680 of Greyface Mule ewe lambs was forward at the Annual Show and Sale, which was sponsored by Allflex UK and very ably judged by Mr Richard Mackie, Nisbet Mill, Jedburgh, whose awards were as follows:
Ex Blackface Ewe
1st – RW & M Carruthers, Hillbrae, Penton, sold at £130.
2nd – W & A Forster, The Nook, Penton, sold at £114.
3rd – A. Carruthers & Sons, Peela Hill, Bewcastle, sold at £127.
Ex Swaledale Ewe
1st – JT James, Midtodhills, Roadhead, sold at £125.
2nd –RI & VA Telford, High Parkfoot, Roadhead, sold at £110.
3rd – RI & VA Telford, High Parkfoot, Roadhead, sold at £132.
Overall Champion was Messrs R & M Carruthers and sold to £130 to the judge, Mr Mackie. There was a marvelous and larger show forward, great credit must be given to all vendors for presenting their sheep to their full ability. Buyers were present from Aberdeen down to Devon, trade started brisk and remained so all day with last year’s high average easily maintained. Top price of the day was £132 for the third prize pen Ex Swaledale from Messrs Telford, High Parkfoot, Roadhead., others to £130 Hillbrae, £127 Peela Hill, £125 Wanwood Hill & Midtodhills.
Top flock averages:
Wanwood Hill – 38 head - £111.08
Peela Hill – 81 head - £106.54
Hall, Baggarah – 38 head - £104.37
Carruthers, Hillbrae – 70 head - £103.37
Forster, The Nook – 202 head - £100.81
The sale started with 1,832 shearlings of all breeds which was topped at £144 for Texels from Messrs Graham, Upper Mains, Annan and selling to Messrs Sisson, Fenton, Carlisle. Closely followed at £142 for Greyface from W Tinning, Stockwell Hall to Messrs Bridgewater, Borthaugh.
Texel £144 Upper Mains, £138 Howard House, £132 Brisco Meadows, £130, £128 Howard House, £126 Upper Mains, £122 Brisco Meadows.
Greyface £142 Stockwell Hall, £136 Barron House, £135 Stockwell Hall, £132 Englishtown, £128, £126 Hayclose, £124 Leaona Villa, £122 Hayclose & Leaona Villa.
Suffolk £132 Stockwell Hall, £116 Whinneyknowe.
Cheviot Mule £128 Upper Mains & Chapel (Hutchinson), £118 Raehills.
Millenium Blue £124 Newton Cottage.
Beltex £116 Loanend.
Lleyn £115, £110 Minsca.
Half-bred £115 Jeanfield.
Charollais £104 Greystone House.
Meatlinc £88 Ivy Dene.
Also today saw the 2nd sale of 1,200 Cheviot Mule ewe lambs which were again all the rage and many more could have been sold to advantage, selling to a top of £111 for an excellent consignment from JG Singer, Linbriggs, Harbottle and purchased by Messrs Moore, Lodge Farm.
£111 Linbriggs, £110 Temon, £102 Linbriggs & Raehills, £100 Temon & Dornells, £98, £96 Temon, £96 Floors Farming, £95 Newbank & St John’s Kirk.
In the multi-breed ewe lambs section was a small variety of 211 forward, selling to a top of £92 for Suffolks from Messrs King, Gospel Hall, closely followed at £90 for Texels from Messrs Fell, Staffler.
Suffolk £92 Gospel Hall, £86 Staffler, £78 High House, £74 Temon, £71 High House.
North Country Cheviot £92 Cronklea.
Texel £90 Staffler, £85 Airds of Balcary, £81 Minsca, £80 Temon, £76 Winshield.
Millennium Blue £86 Newton Cottage.
Charollais £85 Staffler.
Hampshire £74 Snowden Close.
A few reductions of ewes were included amongst the 1,695 ewes forward, and were selling to a top of £131 for Mule 2 shears from W Waugh, The Flatt selling to Messrs Graham, Miller Hill. The ewe section was the easiest sold today with many men going home short of numbers.
Greyface £131, £128 (2 shear) The Flatt, £124 (1 crop) Clonrae & Chapel, £118 (2 shear) Greystone House, £117, £116 (2 crop), £112 (3 crop) Clonrae, £104 (3 shear) Greystone House, £102 (4 crop) Clonrae, £102 (4 shear) The Flatt, £100 (4/5 crop) H & K Farms, £98 (4 shear) Greystone House, £96 (5 shear) The Flatt, £94 (4 shear) Windyhill.
Texel £117 (3 shear) Aldery Terrace, £110, £108 (3 shear) Greystone House, £108 (2 crop) Drumblair, £100 (3 shear) Aldery Terrace, £100 (2 crop) Haas Grove, £100 (3 shear) Windyhill.
Cheviot Mule £112 (2-4 crop) Raehills, £110 (4 crop) Parkhill, £108 (4 crop) West Bolton, £106 (4 crop) Chapel, £97 (3-4 crop) Culcaigrie, £94 (4 crop) Parkhill, £92 (C/B) West Bolton.
Suffolk £100 (2 shear) Greystone House, £88 (2 crop) Airds of Balcary, £84 (4 shear) High Acres.
Roussin £92 (2 crop) West Scales.
Beltex £79, £78 (4 shear) Glenmaid.
A new evening sale of 153 rams and ram lambs of all classes was introduced this evening and was a great success as the ring was full from beginning to end with customers all keen for sheep.
The sale was topped at £820 for a Suffolk shearling from S. Illingworth, Howgillside selling to Messrs Douglas, Catslackburn. Close behind at £700 was a Leicester ram lamb from J McPherson, Muirfoot which found a new home with Messrs Bell, Borthwick Brae, Hawick.
Good quality rams of all breeds were in demand and amongst the Leicesters it was noticeable that True Blues were sought after just as much as the crossing types, owing to the huge popularity of the Cheviot Mule breeding sheep.
Suffolk £820 Howgillside, £500 Riddings Hill.
Texel £420 Holme House, Dormansteads & Howgillside, £400 (x2) Waterside, £400 (x3) Waltonwoodhead, £400 Maulscastle & Howgillside.
Charollais £300 Maryholm.
Beltex £450 (x2) Newton Cottage, £350 Holme House.
Leicester £400 The Stobbs, £380 Penpeugh, £320 The Stobbs, £300 Penpeugh, £300 (x3) The Stobbs.
Blue Texel £250 Millside.
Suffolk £450, £300 The Land, £300 Riddings Hill & Burgh Head.
Texel £350, £250 (x2) Harene.
Charollais £300 (x2) Maryholm.
Beltex £300 Waterside.
Leicester £700 Muirfoot.
Leicester £350 (2 shear) Netheroakshaw.