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The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers’ Mart P.L.C. held their Annual Sale of Greyface Mule and Continental Ewe Lambs, together with breeding ewes & shearlings at Longtown on Tuesday 9th October 2007, when there was forward 7,257 head.

Ewe lambs were of good quality considering it being later than usual and with a lot of top lambs having already been sold. Buyers were present from Thurso in the North down to Devon & Cornwall in the South.

A level trade prevailed all day with prices down by £10 on the year.

Champion Ewe Lambs from Mr John Nicholson, Old Police House, Roadhead
Champion Ewe Lambs from Mr John Nicholson, Old Police House, Roadhead

Judging was in the capable hands of James Fry, Porterstown Farm, Thornhill, whose awards were as follows:-

Ex Blackface – 1st prize and Champion Mr John Nicholson, Old Police House, Roadhead; 2nd prize Wanwood Partners, Wanwood Hill, Alston.

Ex Swaledale – 1st prize T. Davidson, Bellmount, Irthington; 2nd prize J.T. James, Midtodhills, Roadhead; 3rd prize – D. & P. Roddam, Fordlands, Hethersgill.

Top prices were £70 Old Police House, £68 Bellmount, £62 Midtodhills, £56 Bailey Mill and Fordlands.
Texel cross ewe lambs to £50 Barnglies, £42 Emley, £41 Cadgillhead.

Breeding sheep were easy to sell at late rates with best quality the easiest. Shearlings sold to £74 for Texels from Baltier, others £63 The Gall; Greyface £66 The Gall.

2006 sale report

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