Draft ewe sale Report 2019
North West Auctions continue to enjoy a strong working relationship with the Rough Fell Sheep Breeders Association. A strong line up of sheep out for the show for judge Daniel Stephenson, Ravenstonedale who we thank for his time and expertise, with thanks going to the show sponsors PV Dobson & Son, Levens. The Champion pen was awarded to the pen of three crop ewes from W Beck & Son, Tebay. This cracking pen of sheep went on to sell for £130. The Reserve Championship rosette was awarded to SL Hoggarth, Howgill for the first prize pen of shearlings that went to sell for £105. A fantastic day for Rough Fells sheep breeders with a new record price achieved for draft ewes, this much-admired pen not only had size and power but portrayed fantastic breed qualities creating much interest ringside selling to £280 from E & K Bland, Tebay. W Beck & Son sold a much-admired individual Rough Fell ewe that went on to sell for £170. Other notable prices for Rough Fell Ewes were £130 from SL Hoggarth and £115 from E & K Bland. The trade saw plenty of demand for big powerful ewes, easily selling in excess of the eighty-pound mark. The overall average for Rough Fell ewes was £75.30 and Rough Fell shearlings sold to £73.05. The Rough Fell Gimmer Lambs sold to a top of £40 from B Dickinson & Co, Kentmere. Cheviot ewes were met by plenty of demand ringside, in which more could have easily of been sold. Topping the market at £95 was DJ Clarke, Underbarrow with others selling to £94 twice from KM & KJ Kurwen, Abbeystead with the consignment from P Asbury, Abbeystead selling to £90. There was an overall market average of £79.92. Herdwicks saw Gimmer Lambs sell to a top of £37 and £36 from B Dickinson & Co, Kentmere.