THE Farmers Guardian sponsored Bluefaced Leicester sale at Hawes saw a top price of £15,000 twice for ram lambs with the average up £44 for 700 sold.
The first at this money was J1 Midlock, a son of Mustang out of a ewe by B4 TanhouseThe first at this money was J1 Midlock, a son of Mustang out of a ewe by B4 Tanhouse from the Wight family, Biggar. It sold to T. Dick, Son, R. Thornborrow, and Sons, both from Peebles. y, Biggar. It sold to T. Dick, Son, R. Thornborrow, and Sons, both from Peebles.
Midlock also took a bid of £11,000 for another by Mustang, J2 Midlock which sold to W.A. and A. Booth, Smearsett and £8,000 for another by the same sire.
The second at £15,000 was from the Silver Hill flock of Clive Metcalfe, Barningham. This was J4 Silver Hill Midnight by the homebred H1 Silver Hill. It sold in a three-way split to Neil Marston, Cockermouth, Martyn Archer, Hexham, and Ron and Fran Wilson, Armathwaite. The Silver Hill flock averaged £3,163 for 11 lambs.
Richard Hutchinson, Kirkby Redgate took £14,000 for his pen leader, J1 Kirkby Redgate, by the £14,000 Skeughdale, out of a ewe by A5 Gragareth. It went in a six-way partnership to the Burnbank, Glen, Allanfauld, Speymouth, Saltaire and Cherryfield flocks.
Mr Archer took the pre-sale championship with J1 Carry House by the G34 Midlock, a Mustang son, out of a Highberries ewe by Z4 Hundith which sold for £5,500. Its full brother then made £14,000 to W.C. Porter and Son’s, Riddings flock, Richmond with Mr Archer retaining a half share.
David Lawson from the Gragareth flock, Ingleton, sold to a personal best of £13,000 for J1 Gragareth by his homebred ram, H5 Gragareth, a son of W1 Keer. The buyer was Richard Hargreaves for the Barley flock, Burnley. Mr Lawson also had the top price aged ram at £4,400, G17 Gragareth, by F11 Riddings and out of a ewe by C14 Highberries. It went to K. and H.A. Ridley, Blanchland.
Michael and Ella James, Builth Wells also achieved their best price to date of £12,000 for J2 Duhonw, by G1 Midlock which was knocked down to Messrs Cunningham, Parkgatestone.
Jack Lawson from the Hundith flock, Wigton, sold a son of the C17 Smearsett for £9,000 to Geoff Taylor, Swathburn. Gordon Rawsthorne, Carnforth, saw two tups hit the £8,000 mark and his pen of 15 average £2,460. The Booth’s also sold a lamb for £8,000 to Ashley Caton, Otterburn, with their pen averaging £3,669 for 13 lambs.
Ram lambs, £1,424 (+£44); aged rams, £1,647 (+£70); shearling rams, £562 (-£268); ewes, £645 (-£151); gimmer lambs, £514 (+£37).
Auctioneers – Hawes Farmers Auction Mart.