At Wooler on Wednesday 6th December Harrison & Hetherington held their weekly Primestock sale of sheep where they sold 761 Lambs and 323 Ewes and Rams.
At the annual Christmas Show expertly judged by Mr J Curle, Bowsden the winners, no mean feat, for the third successive year were Lilburn Estates with a pen of Texel Lambs weighing 44kg and selling at £115 to Messrs Vivers, Annan.
The Reserve Champions were from the same home, Beltex.x weighing 43kg and selling at £90 to Linden Foods, Burradon.
Lamb numbers similar, but all classes a touch easier on the week.
Leading Prices per head: Texel: £115, £88, £80 Lilburn Estates, £90 Cockhall, £90, £88 East Newburn, £88, £80 Auchencrow Mains, £80.50, £80 (2) West Longridge, £80 Kettleburn, Village Farm, Mindrum Farming Co, Black Heddon and Berryhill. Suffolk: £93 Edlingham Newtown, £90 Brockley Hall, £80 Brockley Hall, Castlelaw and Berryhill. Beltex: £90 Lilburn Estates. Cheviot: £80 Biddlestone Home Farm.
Leading prices per kilo: Texel: 261.4p, 220p Lilburn Estates, 220p, 214.3p East Newburn, 204.5p Cockhall, 195.1p, 195p Village Farm, Seahouses. Beltex: 206.9p Lilburn Estates, 197.5p Auchencrow Mains. Charolais: 180.7p Auchencrow Mains. Cheviot: 179.8p, 178.6p Biddlestone Home Farm. Suffolk: 171.4p, 170.5p Brockley Hall, 170.7p Auchencrow Mains.
Ewes a mixed show but once again very dear.
Ewes: Texel: £124, £120, £89.50, £89.50 Black Heddon, £97.50 Mayfield, £88.50 Berryhill, £85 Elwick. Suffolk: £102, £90, £88.50 Mayfield, £96.50 Berryhill, £80 Cresswell Farms and Haugh Head. Mule: £78 Mayfield, £72.50 Elwick and 8 Mordington, £71 Berryhill. Lleyn: £70.50 Netherton Northside.
Rams: Suffolk: £122 Brandon White House. Texel: £102 Brandon White House.