and Dumfriesshire Farmers` Mart P.L.C. had 115 prime cattle, 16
young bulls, 6,271 prime lambs and 2,315 cast ewes & rams forward
at their weekly sale on Thursday 12th December 2002.
The annual Xmas fatstock show of cattle was overseen by Jim Holden
of Kepak UK, Preston who had before him one of the best shows seen
at this centre, a credit to all vendors.
The overall championship was won by W.L. Musgrave & Sons,
Cardew Hall with their outstanding Limousin cross heifer which was
purchased at 210p (555kg) by Wm. Kirkup (Butcher), Longtown.
The reserve champion, a Limousin cross bullock shown by R. Prentice,
South East Longridge Farm which realised 155p (545kg) and purchased
by Mr Eastwood, Wholesale Butcher, Shaw, Nr Oldham.
The best British breed section was won by Messrs C.G. & M.
Noble, Demesne, Bewcastle and purchased by Wm. Kirkup, (Butcher),
Longtown with a Galloway at 120p (565kg).
Other leading prices were 132p for a Belgian Blue cross heifer
from E. & P. Lawson, High Boonwood Farm to Eastwoods of Shaw,
Oldham, other Belgian Blue heifers to 121.5p from R. Prentice, South
East Longridge to Mr Eastwood, who also paid 131p for a Limousin
cross bullock from South East Longridge. Messrs A.B. & H. Murray,
Sarkside sold a Belgian Blue cross bullock at 130p (645kg) to R.
& G. Moor, Roberton.
First prize young bull was a Limousin cross at 108.5p (650kg) from
Messrs MacDonald, Ladyhousesteads and purchased by Messrs Jewitt,
Limousin bullocks – 1st & 2nd to R. Prentice, South East
Longridge (155p & 131.5p);
Other Continental bullocks – 1st to A.B. & H. Murray,
Sarkside (131p), 2nd to J. & N. Blaylock & Sons, Hallburn
British Breed – 1st to C.G. & M. Noble, Demesne (120p),
2nd to F.A. & A. Waugh, Kilnstown (110.5p);
Limousin heifers – 1st to W.L. Musgrave & Sons, Cardew
Hall (210p), 2nd to T. & F. Faulder, Houghton House (121.5p);
Charolais cross heifers – 1st & 2nd to T. Armstrong &
Sons, Sceughdyke (115.5p & 109.5p);
Other Continental heifers – 1st to E. & P. Lawson, High
Boonwood Farm (132p), 2nd to R. Prentice, South East Longridge (121.5p);
Continental young bulls – 1st to Messrs MacDonald, Ladyhousesteads
(108.5p), 2nd to Messrs J. & P. Routledge, Netherton (99.5p).
1,075 lightweight euro lambs were also forward in larger numbers
and were sadly cheaper averaging 87.5p per kilo overall and selling
to 109.5p for Cheviots from Rannagulzion Farms, Glenshee. Cheviot
£37.20 Rannagulzion; Texel £34.70 Haithwaite; Suffolk
£34.20 Haithwaite; Blackface £31.20 Streethead; Greyface
£31 Whitfield Farm; Swaledale £27 Whitfield Farm.
On the day of their annual Xmas show and sale, sponsored by Jobsons
Farm Health, Longtown and Messrs Nutrivet, C & F, Scotland.
A fantastic quality show of 900 lambs were judged by Mr Jim Holden
of Kepak UK, Preston who awarded the championship for the ninth
time in succession to R. Hall & Son, Inglewood Edge for their
20 Beltex cross lambs which later sold at £76 per head to
Mr M. Eastwood, Oldham, reserve champion was B.K. Ryker of Newton
Farm with his pen of Texel cross lambs.
Continental lambs – 1st to R. Hall & Son, Inglewood Edge
(46kg, £76 to M. Eastwood), 2nd to B.K. Ryder, Newton (47kg,
£52.50 to Woodhead Bros);
Down Cross lambs – 1st to A. & H.C. Smith, Crumhaugh Hill
(44kg, £47 to Woodhead Bros), 2nd to E.S. & E. Norman,
Little Orton (54kg, £54.50 to M. Lomax);
North Country Cheviot lambs – 1st to C.R. Graham, Carruthers
(40kg, £48 to M. Lomax), 2nd to T. Armstrong & Sons, Sceughdyke
(49kg, £49 to Johnston Watson Ltd.);
South Cheviot lambs – 1st to A.E. Salvesen, Westwater (44kg,
£46 to M. Lomax);
Greyface lambs – 1st to T. Armstrong & Sons, Sceughdyke
(49kg, £49 to D. Stamper), 2nd to Messrs Lawson & Son,
Kirkland Green (44kg, £42 to Johnston Watson Ltd),
Blackface lambs – 1st & 2nd to J.J. Henderson, Sebergham
Castle (40kg, £42 and 41kg, £40 both to M. Lomax),
Swaledale lambs – 1st to G.A. & J.M. Maw, Wintershields
(41kg, £34 to R.J. Vevers), 2nd to L. & V. Smith, Roachburn
(41kg, £35 to R.J. Vevers).
Prizes for the Texel lambs, donated by Solway & Tyne Texel Breeders
Society were awarded as follows:- 1st to Messrs J. Magnay, Smallholms
(42kg, £51.80 to M. Lomax, 2nd to P.G. Bouch, Ashtree (42kg,
£51.20 to M. Lomax), 3rd to Messrs J.W. Vevers, High Stenries
(39kg, £48.20 to C.M. Kirkpatrick).
The prime sheep outwith the show were forward in larger numbers
and in keeping with the weeks trend were slightly easier levelling
at 102.5p per kilo. Beltex crosses £76 Inglewood Edge, £52.50
Newton; Texel crosses £60.50 Brackenthwaite, £52.50
Minsca, Miller Hill and Burnside; Suffolk crosses £56.20 Honeypot,
£54.50 Little Orton, £54 Latheron Mill; Charollais cross
£52 Pingle, £51.50 Hewstown, £51.20 Nunscleugh;
North Country Cheviots £51.80 Sceughdyke, £50.20 Beyond
the Wood, £50 Carruthers; Greyface £49 Sceughdyke, £
48.80 Miller Hill; Cheviot Mule £44.50 Sundhope; Lonk £44
Bush of Ewes; Hill Cheviot £48 Fordlands, £46 Westwater,
£44.80 Granton; Blackface £46.20 Skelfhill, £44
Brackenthwaite; Swaledale £38 Snowden Close.
The cast ewes and rams were a larger show with more distant buyers
operating, all classes were firmer on the week. Top of £51.50
for Suffolk rams from Crumhaugh Hill; Texels £46.50 Crumhaugh
Hill; Dorsets £45.50 Haithwaite; Charollais £34.50 Gallowberry;
Cheviots £34.50 Croglin Low Hall; Leicester £37.50 Gapshield;
Blackface £29.50 Gallowberry; Swaledale £29 Nookton.
Heavy ewes to £48.50 for Suffolk crosses from Upper Milton;
Texel £45.50 Oakwood and Mouswald Bank; Suffolks £45.50
Longrow; North Country Cheviots £45.50 Skinnet; Half Bred
£47 Wiltonburn; Beltex £42.50 Inglewood Edge; Leicester
£37.50 Nookton; Greyface £37.50 Latheron Wheel.
Hill ewes to £35.50 for Cheviots from Inglewood Edge and
to £33.50 Rannagulzion; Blackface £30 Johnstone Bank,
£29 Upper Milton, £28.50 Sockbridge Hall; Swaledale
£24.50 Snowden Close and Low Lonning.