Middleton in Teesdale Show & Sale of Uncrossed Registered & Unregistered Swaledale Ewes and Gimmer Shearlings

1st October 2018

Harrison & Hetherington Ltd held their Annual Prize Show & Sale of Uncrossed Registered & Unregistered Swaledale Ewes and Gimmer Shearlings when they had forward a marvellous entry of 4,383.

An unrivalled entry of Draft Ewes were shown in excellent bloom and prior to the sale the judge, Mr John Tully, Burncroft Farm, Egglestone awarded the  Champion Perpetual Trophy, donated by the Stephenson Family, along with a £50 Chris Stamp Voucher to Messrs CR Raine & Son Stanhope Gate Farm, Laneside whose superb pen of 10 ewes went on to make £290 and were purchased by the judge.

Champion Pen shown by Messrs CR Raine & Son Stanhope Gate Farm.

The 2nd Prize pen of draft ewes and the days Reserve Champion pen and winners of the Varley Shield along with a £30 Chris Stamp voucher was awarded to Messrs F & MP  Allinson & son, West Briscoe, Baldersdale, their top quality pen realised £230 and were purchased by Messrs Iceton, East Thorngarth Hill, Baldersdale.

Ewes were shown in excellent bloom, trade proved to be selective throughout, however it was the very best pens that suffered the greatest fall in value after last years’ extreme trade as only 30 pens broke the £100 barrier following a sale average of £111 in 2017.

Shearling ewes were a very mixed selection and only quality well grown sorts sold readily.

Prize List
Ewes
1st & Champion pen Stanhope Gate (CR Raine & Sons)  £290 purchased by Burncroft Farms
2nd & Reserve Champion pen West Briscoe (F&MP Allinson & Son) £230 purchased by Messrs W&C Iceton & Son, East Thorngarth Hill
3rd Newton Lodge (JR&G Walton & Sons) £130 purchased by JW Robinson, New House Holwick
4th Low Crossgill (J Nattress) £96 purchased by MW & E Dent, Wythes Hill

Shearling Ewes
1st Hunt House (M Graham) £100
2nd Stanhope Gate (CR Raine & Son) £122
3rd Shield Hurst (SC Wilkinson)  £118
4th High Corn Park (H Thompson & Sons) £110

The Show was generously sponsored by For Farmers, CA Stamp and Eden Farm Supplies.

Prices outwith the Prize List
Draft Ewes – Rigg Farm £160, £102, £98, £95, £90; West Briscoe £145, £130, £120, £110, £100; Grains O’ Beck £138, £108×2, £88, £82; Stanhope Gate £128, £105, £98, £95, £82, £80×2; High Birk Hatt £125, £99, £90×2, £88; Gillfield £123; Lanehead £120, £98×2, £88; Ashgill Farm £120, £87, £86, £84; Bank Top £118, £96×2, £82; Laneside £114, £86×2; Hunt House £106, £92, £90; Woolpits £110, £92; Bollihope Shied £105, £95, £94; Poppin Cottage £104; Stoney Hill £102, £88; Ettersgill House £102; High Corn Park £101; Birkdale £100, £92, £85; Long Green £98; West Friar House £98; Stoney Keld £97, £88, £81; Bollihope Shield £96; Hield House £91; Crossthwaite £89; Lummas House £88; Cronkley £86; Greenhills £83; Step Ends £82; East Thorngarth £80; Dirt Pit Farm £80.

Shearling Ewes – Bollihope Shield £128; High Corn Park £110; Friar House Farm £110, £95, £92×2, £80; Grains O’ Beck £100, £89, £88; Stoney Keld £98, £86, £80; Stanhope Gate £98; Hunt House £98, £92; Orchard Farm £95.

Sale Averages – Draft Ewes average £76.31 (-£34.91); Shearling ewes average £82.28 (-19.87).