Kirkby Stephen Sale of Breeding Rams

28th September 2018

Harrison & Hetherington Ltd held their Annual Prize Show and Sale of Continental cross Breeding Rams on Friday when 253 Rams were on offer.

Topping the sale at £1400 was the Overall Reserve Champion a Beltex cross Shearling ram from Messrs Sowerby, Terrys Farm, Ormside which was bought by Messrs Lee, Carkin Moor Farm, Richmond.

Reserve Champion & Top Price in the sale L to R William Lawson (Judge), Kevin Sowerby (Vendor), Peter Horn (Sponsor) of Peter Horn Mobile Sheep Dipping.

Renowned stockman Mr W. Lawson, Stubsgill Farm, Distington ably carried out the judging and awarded the Overall Championship to a Beltex cross Shearling from annual consigners Messrs Wearmouth, Parkside, Middleton in Teesdale which went on to sell for £1000 to Mr P. Chester, Soulby.

Champion Ram. L to R William Lawson (Judge), Nigel Foster on behalf of LC & D Wearmouth, Peter Horn (Sponsor) of Peter Horn Mobile Sheep Dipping

The pre-sale show, kindly sponsored by Peter Horn Mobile Sheep Dipping and the following awards were made:-

Pure Texel (Aged or Shearling Ram)
1st        Page Farm Partnership, Rookwith House
2nd       GE Slack, Heather Bank
3rd        Page Farm Partnership, Rookwith House

Pure Beltex (Aged or Shearling Ram)
1st        G Sowerby, Terrys Farm
2nd         P McCune, Farewell Grange
3rd        D & D Aitken, Uppercleuch 

Continental cross (Aged or Shearling Ram)
1st        LC & D Wearmouth, Parkside
2nd       LC & D Wearmouth, Parkside
3rd        K Sowerby, Terrys Farm

Champion – LC & D Wearmouth, Parkside Farm
Reserve Champion – G Sowerby, Terrys Farm

As at most breeding sales this season buyers were quality conscious with the better to top rams being in good demand and realising prices which reflected this. The overall sale average of £390.11 was up £19.70 on the year.

Leading prices

Beltex £1400, £720 £650 Terrys Farm; £100, £550, £500(2), £400(3) West View; £1000, £950, £650, £600, £550, £500, £400 Parkside; £850 Farewell Grange; £450, £400 Easegill Head: Texel £1000, £900, £800 Clickham Farm; £800, £700, £520, £500, £450(3), £420(2), £400 The Buildings Farm; £700, £450, £420, £400 Yore House; £680, £600(2) Heather Bank; £620 Rookwith House; £600, £480, £450, £400 Brackenslack View; £520, £400 Cooilingel Farm; £500(2) Far Broom; £480 Easegill Head; £450, £400 Parkside; £450 Townfoot; £400(2) Town End Farm; £400 Birch Bush; £400 Rookby Scarth: Suffolk £260, £220, £210 Midtown Farm.