Harrison & Hetherington Ltd, Kirkby Stephen held their annual Bluefaced Leicester crossing sale on Saturday when a catalogued entry of 261 were on offer.
Topping the sale at £11,000 was a ram lamb sired by Smearsett K1 from local breeders, the Brown family, Asby Hall, Great Asby which sold to Messrs RD Archer, Low Carry House, Hexham.
The pre sale show which was kindly sponsored by Eden Farm Supplies, Dallas Keith Ltd, Copley Coal and For Farmers saw the best shows of Rams put in front of our Judge, Mr R. Harker, Grayrigg Hall.
Mr Harker awarded the Overall Championship to a ram lamb sired by Highberries G1 from Messrs Marston, Millstone Moor, Cockermouth which later went on to sell for £7000 to Messrs RS & BA Harker, Grayrigg Hall and Messrs R Hargreaves, Meadow Bank.
The Reserve Overall Champion was the second placed ram lamb which was sired by Hundith F3 from Messrs Rawsthorne, Scargill Farm, Carnforth which sold for £1000 to Messrs TJ Lee & Son, Hackford, Hexham.
Messrs Marston, Millstone Moor sold their great consignment of 30 Bluefaced Leicester ram lambs to average a fantastic £2624 with 6 lambs from this home selling between £5000 – £8000.
166 Ram lambs averaged £1,152.69.
30 Shearling Rams averaged £955.56.
5 Aged Rams averaged £712.50.
7 Females averaged £920.00.
Trade throughout the sale from start to finish was strong with a packed ringside of buyers being in attendance.
This sale is proving its increasing popularity year on year for both attracting many consignments of quality Bluefaced Leicester sheep from leading flocks along with commercial and pedigree buyers to go with them.
Class 1 – Aged Ram
1st W C Porter & Son, Riddings Farm
2nd W & C W Dent, Greenriggs
Class 2 – Shearling Ram
1st G & AJ Rawsthorne, Scargill Farm
2nd D & V Hill, Whitewall
3rd W & C W Dent, Greenriggs
Class 3 – Ram Lamb
1st & Champion receiving the H & H Perpetual Challenge Trophy N C Marston, Millstone Moor
2nd & Reserve Champion G & A J Rawsthorne, Scargill Farm
3rd N C Marston, Millstone Moor
Class 4 – Female any Age
1st F G Marshall, Bunker Hill
2nd A Birbeck, Pennine Vie
Ram Lamb :- £11,000, £2500, £1600 Asby Hall; £8000, £7000, £6000(x2), £5000(x2), £3200(x2), £2400, £2200, £2000(x2), £1800, £1600(x2), £1400, £1200(x2), £1000 Millstone Moor; £6000, £3500 Riddings Farm; £5000(x2), £2000, £1400 West Dowgill; £2200, £1900, £1000 School Cottage; £2000 Yore House; £1800, £1400, £1000 High Crossgill Farm; £1500, £1000 Scargill Farm; £1400(x2) Midlock Farm; £1300 Asby Grange; £1300, £1000 Hundith House; £1200(x2) Harkerside Place Farm; £1100, £1000 Low Carry House; £1100 Swathburn; £1000 Asby Grange; £1000 Redgate; £1000 Tarn House; £1000 Carrholme
Aged Rams:- £1200 Whitewall Farm; £1000 Riddings Farm; £550 Greenriggs
Shearling Rams:- £4000 Scargill Farm; £3000 School Cottage; £1800, £800 Whitewall Farm; £1600 West Dowgill; £1400, £1000 Gillcumber Edge; £1300, £1000(x2), £850 Greenriggs; £1000 Otterburn Lodge Farm; £900 Midlock Farm
Gimmer Ewe:- £600 Bunker Hill
Gimmer Lambs:- £2500, £1000, Bunker Hill