Kirkby Stephen Swaledale Breeding Sheep show & sale

5th October 2018

Harrison & Hetherington Ltd, Kirkby Stephen Mart held their annual prize show and sale of 3800 Registered and Unregistered Swaledale Ewes and Gimmer Shearlings on Friday.

Topping the sale at £450 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.

Champion Pen shown by Messrs R Hutchinson & Sons l/r – Steve Pinguey (Sponsor – Armstrong Watson), Robert Hutchinson (Vendor) Gordon Cartmel (Judge), Karen Hutchinson (Sponsor – I’Ansons), Andrew Woof & David Dent (Sponsor – H Pigney & Son)

The pre sale show which was kindly sponsored by Armstrong Watson, I’Ansons and H Pigney & Son, was ably judged by Mr G Cartmel, Threlkeld, who had a fantastic show of 12 pens of Swaledale sheep to pick from.

Mr Cartmel awarded the Overall Reserve Championship to the second placed pen of 10 ewes from Messrs WH & M Hutchinson, Uldale, Ravenstonedale which went on to sell for £250 to Lilburn Estates Farming, North Middleton.

Class 1 – Pen of 10 Ewes
1st  & Champion        R Hutchinson & Sons, Valley Farm
2nd & Reserve            WH & M Hutchinson, Uldale
3rd                                D C & K L Hutchinson, Old Spital

Class 2 – Pen of 10 Shearlings
1st        J.A. Alderson, Barras Farm
2nd       G Calvert & Sons, Hoggarths Farm

Ewes overall £96.23 (-£30.24)
Shearlings overall £94.34 (-£13.41)

The consignment of 120 wonderful ewes from Valley Farm averaged £188.33 with a pen of 20 ewes from this home selling for £235.

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 and a sharp trade to match.

LEADING PRICES
Ewes: £450, £300, £235, £152, £142, £138, £135, £132 Valley Farm; £250, £110 Uldale Farm; £200, £160, £120, £115 Helbeck Farm; £168, £155, £140, £124, £106 Hoggarths Farm; £160, £100 Arngill House; £158 Greenhow; £155, £125, £102 Buddle House; £155, £108, £106 Barras Farm; £148 Flakebridge Farm; £140, £102 (2) Gapshields; £140, £110 New Hall; £130 High Stennerskeugh; £130 (2) Pennine View; £130, £118 Old Spital Farm; £125, £118 (2), £115, £108, £100 Cotegill; £118, £106, £104 Garnthwaite; £112 (2) Long Green; £105 Slakes Farm; £102 Frith Holme; £102 Sleddale Hall; £100 West Stoney Keld; £100 Helbeck Farm.

Gimmer Shearlings: £350, £130, £128, £120 Barras Farm; £155, £135, £130, £92 Hoggarths Farm; £140 Town End Farm; £138 Slip Cottage; £125, £105 (2) The Croft; £125, £90 Heather Bank; £110 Helbeck Farm; £110, £108, £92, £90 Thorpe House Farm; £105 Broadmea Farm; £102 Brookfield; £96 Long Green; £95 Helbeck Farm.