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The Ambleside Side Fair annual Show and Sale of Mule, Masham, Rough Fell Mule, Cheviot Mule and Continental Gimmer Lambs, followed by Store Lambs, had an entry of 5000 lambs forward for the sale. Our thanks must go to our pre-sale Judge Mr Michael Hopper of Banbury for giving up his time and expertise. There was the largest entry of show lambs put before Mr Hopper in the Mule and Rough Fell Mule classes, with the overall champion rosette being awarded to Bob Lawrence and Emma Handley, Grange-Over-Sands, with their pen of North Country Mules. The Rough Fell Mule Lamb class was won by TLB & J Knowles, Selside with the Cheviot Mules being won by JE Atkinson, Lowick and the Masham class won by BJ Bainbridge, Shap.
The sale of Mule Gimmer Lambs sold to an overall market average of £63. The dry summer down south and many struggling to sell Shearlings led to the reduced price. There was plenty of buyers present, but wanting to purchase fewer sheep this year. The trade was topped by Bob Lawrence and Emma Handley selling to £140 and £120. Strong lambs sold in excess of the £80 mark with bonny running lambs selling in excess of the £70 mark. There was an entry of over 100 Mashams forward selling to a top of £84 from JA Bennet, Long Sleddale, with all Mashams forward selling to a market average in the early sixties.
The annual sale of Rough Fell Mule gimmer lambs saw a catalogued entry of over 700 attract a keen ringside of buyers with lambs finding new homes in Scotland, Devon, Wales and the Midlands as well as the local three counties.
The sale peaked at £148 from TLB & J Knowles who sold others at £125. MJ & JD Handley achieved £109 with Booth Bros selling to £97. An average of £68.37 was achieved for all sold with increasing interest year on year.
The sale of Cheviot Mules saw £100 achieved by Booth Bros with others at £93 from AR & BJ Thompson and £88 from S Crawford. Plenty of stronger lambs were selling between £75 and £80, with all sold averaging £64.94.
Several pens of Texel X gimmer lambs sold to keen interest with TMW & H Hodgson achieving £90 and others nicely selling at between £70 and £75 for well grown, all sold averaging £68.
The fortnightly sale of Store Lambs had an entry of 1363 forward selling to an average of £55. The sale topped at £76 for Texel lambs from R Gibson & Son, Kendal. Strong lambs once again sold in excess of the £60 mark. Some buyers were slightly more cautious with the recent drop in the Prime Lamb trade.
Saturday 13th Saturday
North West Auctions held the Annual Prize Show and Sale of Rough Fell Breeding Rams on Saturday 13th October at J36 Rural Auction Centre. A wonderful catalogued entry of well-bred rams attracted buyers from as far afield as Scotland, West Wales and Ireland, alongside the strong local support from the northern counties.
Despite the horrendous weather all rams were forward in superb condition for which all vendors must be complimented. The pre-sale show was kindly sponsored by H Pigney & Son with the judging ably conducted by Mr G Lewis (Aged Rams), Mr S Chapman (Ram Lambs), Mr A Ellis (Shearling Rams) and Mr F Clark (Overall Championship) for which NWA and RFSBA would like to extend their thanks.
The championship rosette was awarded to a shearling ram Lot 34 Brownber Bullet Proof from MP & A Capstick, Kirkby Stephen, which later sold for 1800gns and purchased by A & H Watson, Kirkby Lonsdale. Reserve Champion was a shearling ram Lot 133 High Woodend Bkari from S & W Dickinson, Tebay, selling for 400gns purchased by RH Thexton, Sedbergh.
The sale topped at 5000gns for a shearling lot 139 Catholes Bonny from MJ & JD Handley, Sedbergh which was purchased by S & W Dickinson, Tebay. This was closely followed by Catholes Beast from the same good home, selling to 4800gns for this much admired ram purchased by MP & A Capstick, Kirkby Stephen. Rounding off a great day for the Catholes flock saw Catholes Bullet sell to 4000gns to Kieran Milburn, Sedbergh. Also achieving the 4000gns mark was lot 120 High Cark Bonsai, from IJ & M Mallinson, Selside purchased by TD ME & GE Todd, Sedbergh. A further two rams sold in excess of 4000gns, a total of thirteen exceeded the 1000gns mark.
A new breed record was set for a senior ram at the sale selling to a top price of 2200gns for Lot 9 RF 2967 Galloper Park, the first placed Aged Ram, from MP & A Capstick, Kirkby Stephen, purchased by AJ & CM Harrison, Kentmere. There was an entry of 15 ram lambs forward selling to a top of 350gns from IK & AM Grisedale, Crooklands.
A high clearance rate of 89% was achieved with shearling rams averaged £487, ram lambs averaged £205 and aged rams averaged £385.
Well-bred rams showing quality, style and all the characteristics of the breed were in keenest demand and easiest to sell with commercial rams a more selective trade.