Carlisle and Northern Counties Suffolk Sale

7th August 2020

Northern Counties of England Sale Friday 7h August 2020

73% Clearance Northern Counties Branch Sale Suffolk Sale in Borderway Mart, Carlisle.

Despite Covid-19 challenges the Suffolk Sheep Society annual North of England Branch sale at Harrison & Hetherington, Carlisle achieved an excellent 73% clearance for all livestock with Ram Lambs achieving an average of £683.

Berwickshire breeders Mr & Mrs B Nicolson topped the sale with their Strathbogie Strongbow sired ram out of a Lakeview Bob sired Knockem dam, being knocked down to Ashley Bothwell of the Smithston Flock, Ayr for 2,900gns.

Lot 90 Suffolk Ram Lamb from B Nicolson sold for 2900 gns

Messrs Shaw from Kelso paid 2,200gns for a Logiedurno Sonny Bill ram from the Sitlow pen of S J Buckley, Derbyshire. The same pen got 2,000gns for another ram lamb from the same sire, this time out of a Sitlow Concept sired ewe. This one went to Messrs Winn of Whixley, North Yorkshire. With five sheep all sold for 900gns or above, Sitlow had an very productive day with the top pen average of 1,560gns.

Lot 126 Suffolk Ram Lamb from SJ Buckley sold for 2000 gns
Lot 126 Suffolk Ram Lamb from SJ Buckley sold for 2000 gns

Stewart Lathangie’s Pyeston flock got 1,800gns for his two top prices. Lot 178 went to M T Bulmer’s Salton flock in North Yorkshire and Lot 180 to John Nutter’s Aighton Flock in Clitheroe, Lancashire.

Commercial customers were also dominant at the sale with some of the top price rams being sold to local and regional buyers giving them a healthy return in tight times.

There were also some excellent top pen sale averages (3 or more lambs sold):-

Flock Averages:
S J Buckley averaging 1,560gns
B Nicolson averaging 1,300gns
A Glaves averaging 1,133gns (Shearling Rams)
S Lathangie averaging 1,062gns
Lilia Hutchinson averaging 850gns
J Wallace averaging 700gns

Leading Prices
Rams
90        2900gns          B Nicolson to Messrs Bothwell, Patna, Ayr
127      2200gns          S J Buckley to Messrs Shaw, Kelso, Roxburghshire
126      2000gns          S J Buckley to Messrs Winn, Whixley, York, North Yorkshire
178      1800gns          S Lathangie to Messrs Bulmer, Salton, York, North Yorkshire
180      1800gns          S Lathangie to Messrs Nutter, Hurst Green, Clitheroe, Lancs
177      1600gns          S & G Brown Messrs Smith, Hawick, Roxburghshire
117      1500gns          Lilburn Ests to Messrs Illingworth, Eaglesfield, Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire
130*     1400gns          S J Buckley to Messrs Findlay, Westerdale, Whitby, North Yorkshire
*Substitute entry: Sitlow 45Z:20:04058
63        1300gns          A Glaves to Messrs Hodgson, Egremont, Cumbria (Shearling)
129      1300gns          S J Buckley to Messrs Sandilands, Jedburgh, Roxburghshire

Females
29        1400gns          R & G Hiddleston to KW Farm & Equestrian Ltd, Castle Douglas
9          800gns            P Lupton to Messrs Patterson & Son, Capheaton, Newcastle upon Tyne
24        700gns            K Brannen to Messrs Cross, Barnacre, Preston, Lancs

Averages
8 Shearling Rams       £735.00 (57% Clearance)
87 Lamb Rams           £682.86 (71% Clearance)
19 Shearling Gimmers £552.08 (86% Clearance)
10 Ewe Lambs            £422.10 (83% Clearance)