Longtown Cheviot Mule Sheep Sale Report

The Country's Principal Show and Sale of 11,329 Cheviot Mule Ewe Lambs and Shearlings along with Cheviot Mule Cross Ewe Lambs was held in Longtown on Tuesday 28th August 2018.

This year’s sale attracted a full ringside of buyers who were present from all over the British Isle. Trade for shearlings was strong and selling to £210 from R McNee, Over Finlarg matching last years record price achieved from the same home.

Trade for lambs was less on last year’s phenomenal trade however lambs were smaller and an extra 2,000 mainly runners, resulted in a fall of over £20 on the 2017 sale.

Averages:

Cheviot Mule Ewe Lambs – 6,414 - Average £87.33

Cheviot Mule Cross Ewe Lambs – 1,661 – Average £84.89

Cheviot Mule Shearlings – 2,878 – Average £139.15

Cheviot Mule Cross Shearlings – 216 – Average £126.44

Cheviot Mule Stock Ewes – 160 – Average £103.43

The Prize Show and Sale for pens of 20 Ewe Lambs and 20 Shearlings was kindly sponsored by The Farmers Guardian "The Marts The Heart" and was ably judged by Mr W R Williams, Ty-Hen, Gwynedd who awarded the Ewe Lamb Championship and The Paul Aynsley Perpetual Memorial Trophy to P W Hedley, Swinside Townfoot, Jedburgh which later went on to realise £160 to the judge Mr W R Williams, Wales, and the Shearling Championship went to Archbank Farming Company, Moffat realising £185 to Messrs Parkin, Maryport.

Prize List:

Ewe Lambs:

1st – P W Hedley, Swinside Townfoot - £160 to Messrs Williams, Wales.

2nd – Messrs Beard, Dormansteads - £142 to Messrs Williams, Wales.

3rd – S & JA Watemore, Holystone Estate - £114 to G Shankland, Dumfries.

Gimmer Shearlings:

1st – Archbank Farming Co. - £185 to Messrs Parkin, Maryport.

2nd – RW & EM Coates, Crowdieknowe - £165 to S G Mair & Sons, Aberdeen.

3rd – IHG Warden, Skelfhill - £180 to S G Mair & Sons, Aberdeen.

The 6,414 Cheviot Mule Ewe Lambs topped at £160 from Messrs Hedley, Swinside Townfoot.

Principal prices:

£160 Swinside Townfoot, £142 Dormansteads, £138, £135, £132 Swinside Townfoot, £132 Gospel Hall &  Brockhouse, £130 Hownam Grange, £125 Dormansteads, £122 Kingside, Nisbet Mill & Swinside Townfoot, £118 Crossdykes, Gospel Hall, Ranbeck & Swinside Townfoot, £116 Stobshiel Mains & Gospel Hall, £115 Kirk House, £114 Holystone Estate, Potholm & Gospel Hall, £112 Dodgsonstown, Archbank, Brockhouse, Hownam Grange, Swinside Townfoot & Embley, £110 Nisbet Mill, Philiphaugh Estate, Skelling & Swinside Townfoot.

The 1,661 Cross Cheviot Mule lambs sold to a top of £114 for Texel cross from Messrs Smith, West Bolton.

Principal prices:

Texel Cross - £114 West Bolton, £106 Upper Hundalee, £101 West Bolton, £100 Upper Hundalee, £98 Blakehopeburnhaugh, £96 West Bolton, £95 (x2) Upper Hundalee, £94 (x2), £90 West Bolton, £90 Byers.

Suffolk Cross - £101, £99, £90 Philiphaugh.

Another excellent show of 3,094 Cheviot Mule and Cross Shearlings were forward selling to £210 and £200 from R McNee, Over Finlarg, Dundee. Cheviot Mule x Texel Shearlings to £152 Upper Mains and £130 Skelfhill. Half-bred shearlings to £122 from High Moat.

Principal prices:

£210, £200 Over Finlarg, £185 Aldermanseat, Archbank & North Balloch, £180 Skelfhill, £175 Over Finlarg & Todhillmuir, £170 Hartree Mill, Mains of Machermore & North Balloch, £165 Crowdieknowe & Archbank, £162 Newbank, £160 Raehills, Todhillmuir, Glenjaan & Skelfhill.

Cheviot Mule stock ewes from Hindmarsh Partners, Blakehopeburnhaugh sold to £110 (2 crop) and £102 (1 & 2 crop).

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2017 sale report