On Wednesday evening Harrison & Hetherington Ltd held the Annual Prize Show & Sale of Individual Crowned Swaledale Ewes, Shearlings and Gimmer Hoggs on behalf of the Swaledale Sheep Breeders Association at Kirkby Stephen Mart.
Topping the sale at £2,600 was the overall champion, a Gimmer Shearling scanned for twins from Mr I Collinson, Billing Shields Farm, Eastgate, Bishop Auckland which was sold to Messrs Bainbridge, Owlands Farm, Hirst, Richmond.
Champion Sheep consigned by Messrs Collinson, Billing Shield Farm, Eastgate, Bishop Auckland which sold for £2,600
The reserve champion was a Ewe Hogg from Messrs JH & J Bland, Crowden House Farm, Crowden, Glossop which sold for £2,000 to Messrs Tully of Burncroft Farm, Eggleston, Barnard Castle.
Gimmer Hoggs £966.67
Gimmer Shearlings £580.10
The show was kindly sponsored by Adrian Bell (Livestock Scanner), Eden Farm Supplies, Carrs Billington, H Pigney & Son, Castle Sculptures and H & H Reeds Printers. Judging was carried out by Mr R Lancaster, Torver & Mr J Tully, Eggleston with Mr T Edgar, Whitton acting as referee.
Class 1 Ewe
1st No 53 J & SJ Bland, Thwaite Bridge – £1200 to Burncroft Farm
2nd No 63 PE& KA Sowerby, Oakbank – £1400 to Mr P Hallam
3rd No 25 A & M Skidmore, Flakebridge – Not Sold
Class 2 Gimmer Shearling
1st No 66 I Collinson, Billing Shield Farm – £2,600 to Mr A Bainbridge
2nd No 58 JH & J Bland, Crowden House – £1000 to P Addyman & Son
3rd No 59 JH & J Bland, Crowden House – £900 to DA Humble
Class 3 Gimmer Hogg
1st No 62 JH & J Bland, Crowden House – £2000 to Burncroft Farm
2nd No 75 L&F Brown, Mount Pleasant – £600 to Mr A Myers
3rd No 16 A Keiley, Croft Farm – Not Sold
Class 4 Conformation
1st No 51 J Nattrass, Shield Hill Top – Not Sold
No 66 I Collinson, Billing Shield Farm
No 62 JH & J Bland, Crowden House
Gimmer Shearlings: £2600 Billing Shield Farm; £1500, £1200, £1000 Flakebridge Farm; £1000, £900 Crowden House Farm; £1000 Long Green
Ewes: £2000, £800 Long Green; £1600, £1200 Helbeck Farm; £1400 Oakbank Farm; £1200, £800 Thwaite Bridge
Gimmer Hoggs: £2000 Crowden House Farm; £1400, £1300 Long Green; £600 Mount Pleasant Farm.