Kirkby Stephen Breeding Sheep Sale

4th October 2019

Harrison & Hetherington Ltd, Kirkby Stephen Mart held their annual prize show and sale of 5000 Registered and Unregistered Swaledale Ewes, Gimmer Shearlings and Gimmer Lambs on Friday.

Topping the sale at £600 was the overall champion pen of 10 ewes consigned by Messrs R Hutchinson & Sons, Valley Farm, Barnard Castle, which were bought by Burncroft Farm, Eggleston & John White, Rigg Farm.

Champion pen of Ewes
(Left to Right Robert Hutchinson, Seller, Karen Hutchinson representing I’ansons Feeds, John Tully Judge & David Dent representing Pigneys.)

The pre sale show which was kindly sponsored by Armstrong Watson, I’ansons, Eden Farm Supplies and H Pigney & Son, was ably judged by Mr J Tully, Burncroft Farm, Eggleston, who had a fantastic show of 12 pens of Swaledale sheep put in front of him.

The first prize pen of shearlings was awarded to a pen of 10 from Messrs Alderson, Barras Farm which went on to sell for £180 to Lilburn Estates Farming.

Messrs Wilson, Arngill House, Lunesdale sold their pen of 10 ewes to make £220 selling to Messrs Loughridge, Ballymoney.

Class 1 – Pen of 10 Ewes
1st  & Champion       R Hutchinson & Sons, Valley Farm
2nd                               BR Lawson & Son, Buddle House
3rd                               D C & K L Hutchinson, Old Spital

Class 2 – Pen of 10 Shearlings
1st        J.A. Alderson, Barras Farm
2nd       B Walton,  Goodlie Hill
3rd       J.A. Alderson, Barras Farm

Ewes overall £106.23 (+£10.00)

Shearlings overall £108.36 (+£14.02)

The consignment of 154 wonderful ewes from Valley Farm averaged £153.99.

Well bred and strong ewes were in strong demand with a packed ringside of buyers present looking for good quality and well made sheep, which resulted in strong competition for these types along with a flying trade.

Leading Averages
154 @ £154 Valley Farm
54 @ £141.85 Barras Farm
21 @ £137.71 Buddle House
46 @ £123.74 Arngill House
43 @ £121.00 High Stennerskeugh
170 @ £120.45 Hoggarths
130 @ £120.20 New Hall
40 @ £120.00 West Stoney Keld

LEADING PRICES

Ewes: £600(2), £260, £148, £132(2), £115, £112 Valley Farm; £220 Arngill House; £185, £138, £135, £110 Hoggarths Farm; £175, £140, £125(2) New Hall; £170, £115, £115 Old Spital Farm; £160, £130 Cotegill; £155 Buddle House; £155, £112 Garnthwaite; £150, £130, £115 Barras £150, £122 High Stennerskeugh; £132 Greenhow; £130 West Stoney Keld; £130 Pennine View; £122 Buddle House; £122 Hill Top Farm; £120 Arngill House; £120 Helbeck Farm; £118 The Croft; £112(2), £110 Ellergill; £112, £110 Frith Holme; £112 Bridge Farm House; £110 Bar Gap Farm; £110 Punchard Farm; £110 Walburn Hall.

Gimmer Shearlings: £180, £142 Barras Farm; £150 Goodlie Hill Farm; £132(2), £130, £125, £118 Hoggarths Farm; £125, £115 Thorpe House Farm; £125, £115 Broadmea Farm; £122, £112 The Croft; £115 New Hall.