Longtown Annual Ladies Evening Sale

C&D Auction Marts Ltd held their 5th Annual Longtown Ladies Evening Sale of in lamb females and geld hoggs on Tuesday 15th January 2019 with a catalogued entry of 199 females.

One of the largest crowds ever seen at the mart, turned out to witness a tremendous show of sheep with included many new vendors and the Haltcliffe dispersal. An exceptional trade resulted in four-figure prices being achieved 26 times and an overall sale average of 725gns, up 175gns on the year.

Following a strong run of recent sales, the top price of the day was achieved by an unshown Texel gimmer from first time consigner Alan Blackwood, Auldhouseburn Flock. Daughter of the privately purchased Clinterty Yosemite Sam out of a Strathbogie Untouchable dam which is from his noted Cowal family, this gimmer is scanned for twins to 125,000gns Rhaeadr Best of the Best. After spirited bidding she was sold on the telephone for 3,400 gns to Steve McCollam for his Carmavy Flock, N. Ireland.

Following, was Auldhouseburn’s 5th gimmer; a full sister to the last but in lamb to the proven 130,000gns Sportsmans A star, she was sold again to a telephone bid this time at 3,000gns to Messrs Oare, Flintshire for their Coach House Flock.

A pair shared the 2,800gns price tag, first was the leading ewe from the dispersal of the Haltcliffe Flock, whos well-established flock averaged £921 for 37 sold. Leading price was a Forkins Warrior daughter out of Cambwell Stewart daughter bred from the same family as the 16,000gns Jaguar and Jackpot, she sold carrying a pair to Hexel Apex and was purchased by Gordon Gray for his Ettrick flock. The second at this price was the nights champion, judged by Bryden Nicholson, this was a Haddo Whiskey Galore daughter scanned a single to Knock Bantastic, and sold to Nick Woodmass for his Harene Flock. Craig Ridley’s run continued with a 2015 ewe by Sportsmans Viper at 2,600gns to Esmor Evans, Mold, followed at 2,300gns for a 2014 daughter of Topside Supreme scanned with twins to Hexel Apex selling to Bryden Nicholson, this was followed by another 2016 ewe at 1,900gns again by Forkins Warrior in lamb to Hexel Apex who sold to Messrs Pritchard, Evistones Farm, who purchased five Haltcliffe sheep on the night.

Rob Bennett, Plasucha made his first trip to Longtown from Meifod, Wales and was well rewarded. Taking the reserve championship with his Eden Valley Wiz Kid daughter and then realising 1,500gns for her selling to Ross Sizmur, Devon. Ross then bought a second gimmer, again a Wiz Kid daughter in lamb to Plasucha All Star for 1,700gns.

Dutch Texels were again keenly contested for with Giles Pyman’s Thacka flock seeing serious pre-sale interest. They topped at 1,400gns and 1,200gns, with both selling to Stuart Wood for his Woodies Flock, Aberdeenshire.

A small but quality show of Bluefaced Leicester females met keen demand selling to a top price of 1,200gns for Midlocks much talked about ewe hogg, this was a K1 Shafthill daughter out of G2 Marriforth ewes. This sold to local supporters Messrs Anderson, Mid Harrietsfield.

Prize List:


1st – Woodhow

2nd – Woodhow – 450gns to Murdoch, Castle Douglas.

3rd – Woodhow


1st – Craig Douglas – 2,800gns to Woodmass, Harene.

2nd – Plasucha – 1,500gns to Sizmur, Oakhampton.

3rd – Sportsmans – 600gns to Woodmass, Harene.

4th – Harene

5th – Sportsmans – 700gns to Jackson, Annan.

6th – Lauder – 700gns to Sweetmore, Buxton.

Principal prices – Texel Shearlings:-

3,400gns – Auldhouseburn.

3,000gns – Auldhouseburn.

2,800gns – Craig Douglas.

1,700gns – Plasucha.

1,600gns – Craig Douglas.

1,500gns – Plasucha.

1,400gns – Auldhouseburn.

1,200gns – Craig Douglas & Auldhouseburn.

1,000gns – Haltcliffe & Craig Douglas & Auldhouseburn.

Principal prices – Texel Ewes:-

2,800gns, 2600gns, 2,300gns, 1,900gns, 1,400gns, 1,300gns, 1,200gns, 1,000gns (x4) – Haltcliffe.

Principal prices – Dutch Texel Shearlings:-

1,400gns, 1,200gns – Thacka.

Principal prices – Bluefaced Leicester Ewe Lambs:-

1,200gns – Midlock.

600gns, 380gns - Carry House.

Principal prices – Bluefaced Leicester Shearlings:-

600gns – Midlock.

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2018 sale report