The annual show and sale on behalf of the Berrichon du Cher sheep society, held at Borderway Mart on Friday 31st August saw numbers swell more than two-fold on the previous year’s fixture; with an acute demand powering a rise in averages for all classes.
Local breeder Mr William Cockbain, Rakefoot Farm, captured the days leading price of 2000gns with the aptly named Rakefoot Million Dollar Man. From homebred sire and dam lines, the stylish lamb had collected 1st prize tickets at the Cumberland and Great Yorkshire Shows before repeating the feat in the judging ring at the pre-sale show. After spirited bidding, he was kcked down to R & J Graham, Airthrey Kerse Farm, Stirling.
Following at 1100gns was the 2nd prize ram lamb from Galtres Farming Co. Also from a Rakefoot sire, he joins the Incledon Flock of Mr J Yeo, Barnstaple, North Devon.
Trading at 1,000gns was the day’s Male and Supreme Champion; Criffel Lion Heart from Mr Ewan Burgess, Dumfries. The powerful shearling, out of the Criffel flocks ted show-winning ewe EWB 09 375, didn’t have far to travel, being kcked down to William Cockbain for the Penrith-based Rakefoot flock.
Completing a successful day for the Rakefoot team, the leading female call of 750gns was paid for their 1st prize shearling gimmer and Female Champion; WJC 11 014. With fantastic style and presence, she was picked up by Messrs PJ & ES Rogerson, Appleby, Cumbria.
A brace of entries then sold for 500gns, both purchased by H Huddletson & Son, Arkholme, Lancaster. The first was yet ather offering from Messrs Cockbain; a February 2010 born ewe. The second a shearling gimmer from Ewan Burgess’ Criffel flock, sold having run with NEW 10 010, the Royal Highland Show 2012 Reserve Overall Champion.
Also at 500gns was ather shearling gimmer from Messrs Cockbain, maternal sister to the Million Dollar Man, she heads back to Appleby with Messrs PJ & ES Rogerson .
Averages – 19 Shearling Rams £486.50, 22 Ram Lambs £541.00, 6 Ewes and Shearling Gimmers £519.75, 11 Ewe Lambs £314.50.