Middleton in Teesdale Annual sale of Swaledale Ewes and Prize show of Bluefaced Leicester and Texel Rams

22nd September 2017

On Friday 22nd September, Harrison & Hetherington Ltd held its sale of Swaledale ewes and breeding rams at Middleton In Teesdale Mart.  A fantastic show of 307 came out with a respectable average of £45.49.

A good show of quality breeding sheep were put on offer and Swaledale topped at £82 for a pen of 3 crop ewes from Messrs TW Hutchinson, Bail Hill and were secured by Messrs Stephenson, Pikestone.

Good ewes were sold to a good ringside of buyers and many more sheep could have been sold to the vendors advantage.

Topping the Texels were a fantastic pen of Shearlings from Messrs Scott, Westfield Farm and where purchased by Messrs Lee, Stockley Burn for £150.

A tremendous show of Bluefaced Leicester and Texel rams were forward to a packed ringside of buyers.  Topping this section was an outstanding Bluefaced Leicester ram lambs from Messrs Dent, Wythes Hill which sold for £1300 to Messrs Iveson, East Shaw Farm.

Messrs Scott, Westfield Farm sold a fantastic run of Texel shearling rams which topped at £400 and was purchased by Messrs Scott, Green Acres.

The Show was generously sponsored by H Pigney & Sons, Appleby and H&H Insurance and was ably judged by Mr John Dobson, Frosterley

Bluefaced Leicester Lamb:
1st        Messrs MW&E Dent, Wythes Hill
2nd       Messrs J&K Metcalf, Park House
3rd        Messrs MW&E Dent, Wythes Hill

Bluefaced Leicester Ram – Shearling and upwards
1st        J Walton, West Shotton
2nd       M Watson, West Hindon
3rd        C&JC Stephenson, Pikestone

Any Other Breed Ram
1st        Messrs JA&D Scott, Westfield Farm
2nd       Messrs JA&D Scott, Westfield Farm
3rd        Messrs JA&D Scott, Westfield Farm

Champion Ram – Messrs M W & E Dent, Wythes Hill
Reserve Champion Ram – Messrs J & K Metcalf, Park House


Clive Metcalf of J&K Metcalf & Son, Park House Farm holding the Reserve Champion Ram (Vendors), Patrick Quigley of H & H Insurance Brokers (Sponsors), Andrew Woof of H Pigney & Son, Appleby (Sponsors), John Dobson of Frosterley (Judge), Malcolm Dent of MW&E Dent, Wythes Hill holding the champion Ram (Vendor)

Leading Prices:

Breeding Rams
Bluefaced Leicester £1300 (2), £1050 Wythes Hill; £750, £400 Park House Farm.
Texel  £440 Westfield Farm.

Breeding Females
Shearlings – Texel £150, £138, £135 Westfield Farm.
Ewes – Swaledale £82 Bail Hill; £76, £54 Wat Garth; £73 West Friar House; £58 (2), £56, £51 Valance Lodge; £54 Hield House; £51 Low House.