Longtown Breeding Sheep Sale Report
An excellent show of lambs where shown to perfection by their owners and a great credit must be given. A full ring of local scotch and south buyers were present all day. With trade from start to finish being much sharper than anticipated. Overall average £78.25, which will be £8 back on the year.
Top price of the day was £140 for an outstanding pen of Swaledale cross from Tristain Davidson from Bellmount, Irthington and bought by Mr T.A. Foster, Ryehill, Sebergham, others £128 Morley Hill. Top in ex Blackface was £135 for a fabulous from Messrs A. Carruthers & Son, Peela Hill, Bewcastle, Carlisle. Others to £132 & £130 Peela Hill, £130 & £120 Lawston, £120 Shitlington Hall & Wanwood Partners.
Judging prior to sale was expertly carried out by Mr T.A. Foster,
Ryehill, whose awards were as follows;
1st M.W. & C.M. Ridley, Shitlington Hall - £120
2nd W. & B. Nicol, Lawston - £100
3rd A. Carruthers & Sons, Peela Hill, £105
1st J.T. Davidson, Bellmount - £140
2nd W.H. & D.A. Gass, Nunscleugh - £105
3rd J.P. Lee, Morley Hill - £128
All other ewe lambs which comprised of 1,260 Cheviot Mules and 433 Continentals, which met strong bidding from a full compliment of buyers, with both breeds being dearer on the fortnight. Top was £108 for Texels from Aimshaugh, £104 Hill Brae. Cheviot Mules to £102 Ranbeck & Marwhirn, £100 Linbrig & Ranbeck. Suffolk crosses to £96 Townfoot.
A large entry of 1,696 shearlings sold to great demand, with Cheviot Mules selling to an animated trade, second class shearlings were however harder to shift.
Texel - £190 Dormansteads, £140 Howard House, £132 Dormansteads, £130 Howard House, £130, £128 Howford.
Cheviot Mule - £155 Upper Mains, £152 Dunnabie, £150, £138 Upper Mains, £130 The Side.
Dutch Texel £128, £120 Dormansteads.
Cross - £118 Barron House, £114 The Square, £112 Skelfhill.
The sale also included several dispersal sales which were well bid for on the days trading with Suffolk ewes ready to go straight to the tup in particular demand.
Texel - £102, £90 Capelfoot.
Cheviot Mule - £94, £92, £87, £85, £81 Ardnacross, £82 Borthwickshiels.
Suffolk - £88, £85 Borthwickshiels.
Half-Bred - £85, £78, £77 Annefield.
North Country Cheviot - £84, £80 Chapelfoot.
Lleyn - £78, £77 Borthwickshiels.
A small show of 983 ewes were freely bid for although second rate stock only maintaining recent cull values.
Texel - £135 The Square, £96, £83 Aldery Terrace.
Mule - £90, £80, £77, £76 The Flatt, £76 Greystone House.
Cheviot Mule - £90 Newbank, £88 Branxholm Braes, £86 West Bolton, £84 Newbank.
A catalogued entry of 150 breeding rams were forward to a large ringside of prospective customers. All quality rams were sold to animated demand, well exceeding vendors expectations, with smaller lesser quality lambs seeing very few bidders. Leading the tup lambs was Matthew Watson, Four O Boot with a quality Texel selling at £750. Tony Gribbon, Waterside again brought some quality tups selling to £600 for a Texel x Beltex Shearling.
Texel - £750, £420, £400, £300 (x2), £280 (x2) Four O Boot, £280 Dashwellgreen.
Texel x Beltex - £340 Waterside.
Suffolk - £280 Mid Upper Priestside.
Texel x Beltex - £600 Waterside, £420, £360, £320 Beck.
Beltex - £560 Waterside, £400, £380, £320 Seymour, £300 Jollybody.
Texel - £520, £500, £400, £380, £360 Parkview, £500, £380 Beck
Suffolk - £380, £320 Shaw Cottage South, £300 Fowrass.
Charollais x Beltex - £320 (x20 Inch, £300 (x2) Thackwood & Fowrass & Inch, £280 Inch, £250 Thackwood.
Charollais x Texel - £320 Fowrass.
Blue Faced Leicester - £300, £260 Whintingstown.
Texel - £270 (2 shear) Triermain.
Beltex – £250 (2 shear) Inch.
Blue Faced Leicester – £220 (2 shear) Barkbeth, £200 (2 shear) Redburn View.