At Middleton-In-Teesdale Mart, on Monday 30th September, Harrison & Hetherington held their Annual show and sale of Swaledale ewes and shearling gimmers.
An entry of 3725 ewes and shearlings were forward, which saw a virtual clearance, and an overall average of £90 (+£14) on the year, resulting in one of the best show of draft ewes seen for some time.
The pre sale show was kindly sponsored by Natural Stockcare and Eden Farm Supplies and expertly judged by Swaledale enthusiast Mr Jack Cartmel, Martindale. He awarded Overall Champion to the first pen of ewes from Messrs CR Raine & sons, Stanhope Gate Farm, Barnard Castle, which also sold to the top price of £320 per head. The Reserve ticket was given to JR & G Walton & Sons, Swarthmere for his second prize pen of ewes, selling to £265.
Out with the show, a run of ewes from Messrs F & MP Allinson, West Briscoe topped at £310.
Shearling gimmers from Messrs SC Wilkinson, Shield Hurst, sold to £112 for his 3rd prize pen. Followed by JW & HM Graham, Hunt House, who sold his 1st prize pen to £100.
A good trade was seen throughout the sale, with vendors leaving highly delighted with their returns. Many more sheep could have been easily sold, with many purchasers being left short of requirements.
1st CR Raine & Sons, Stanhope Gate Farm, Laneside, Barnard Castle
2nd JR & G Walton & Sons, Swarthymere, Mickleton, Barnard Castle
3rd AE Iceton & Sons, High Birk Hatt, Baldersdale, Barnard Castle
1st JW & HM Graham Ltd, Hunt House, Whitby
2nd CR Raine & Sons, Stanhope Gate Farm, Laneside, Barnard Castle
3rd SC Wilkinson, Shield Hurst, Stanhope, Co Durham
Champion: CR Raine & Sons, Stanhope Gate Farm, Laneside, Barnard Castle
Reserve Champion: JR & G Walton & Sons, Swarthymere, Mickleton, Barnard Castle
Leading prices per head:
Ewes: Swaledale £320, £140, £138, £135 Stanhope Gate Farm, £310, £125, £115 West Briscoe, £265 Swarthymere, £208, £109, £108, £105 High Birk Hatt, £158 Arngill House, £150 Ettersgill House, £148, £104 High Corn Park, £145, £120 Rigg Farm, £130 Parrick House Farm, £128, £115, £112, £110 Grains O Beck, £125, £122 Hunt House, £125 (x2), £110 Ashgill Farm, £118 (x2) Lanehead Farm, £116 Laneside, £110 West Stoney Keld, £108 Rigg Farm, £108, £104 Bollinhope Shield, £105, £101 West Stoney Keld.
Shearling Gimmers: Swaledale £112 Shield Hurst, £110, £92 Stanhope Gate Farm, £110, £96 High Corn Park, £102 West Stoney Keld, £100, £96 Hunt House, £100, £90 (x2) Friar House Farm, £98, £92, £90 Grains o Beck, £91 High Blackton Farm.