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Frantic bidding for the best Swaledale tups in Hawes

The last major sale in the pedigree Swaledale ram calendar drew buyers from all over the UK to Hawes last week.

Top price at £40,000
Top price at £40,000

Topping the two-day sale was Thwaite Bridge Porter 3, from John and Steph Bland, Hawes.

 

Although lotted late in the sale, buyers desperate for a good tup entered into some frantic bidding.

 

With shape and style, it combines good bloodlines. Out of the flock’s show ewe, and by the £17,000 Porter tup which they bought in a share two years ago, the Thwaite Bridge entry was knocked down at £40,000.

 

It was bought in a three-way deal by Mark and Paul Ewbank, Pateley Bridge, and Mark Nelson, Bull and Cave.

 

The Thwaite Bridge flock still had another tup by the same sire, which sold for £14,000 to the Stonesdale, Frith Lodge and Swalehead flocks.

 

The second day championship went to Mark Ewbank, who runs the Intake flock with wife Fee, at Pateley Bridge. By a Grayrigg Hall tup owned jointly with brother Paul, it eventually sold to Robert Hutchinson, Valley, and David Allison, West Briscoe, at £34,000.

 

The Intake flock produced several other top-notch prices and saw a bid of £14,000 for their entry which had taken third in the pre-sale show, selling to Paul Hallam, Derbyshire. It was bred the same way as the champion.

 

Another Grayrigg Hall-sired tup made £11,000 for Mark and brother Paul, who then sold another at £11,000, then took £10,000 for a fifth son of the same sire.

 

The highlight on the first day had come from close to the birthplace of the breed, Swaledale. From Stephen Clarkson, Swalehead Majestic is a son of a £34,000 Bull and Cave tup, bought in 2011 by a syndicate. It sold in a £24,000 deal to John Richardson, Dufton.

 

Having had a good sale at Kirkby Stephen the previous week, Ian and David Brown, Marske, were at the fore in Hawes. Ian won the small breeders championship with Lummas Nemesis, a smart shearling by a £7,000 Long Green tup lamb bought two years ago.

 

It sold at £22,000 to Robert Wear, Peter Lightfoot and Chris Brown, all from Ullswater Valley. Graham Scarr, Garsdale, sold one at £21,000. Fawcetts Xanadu was, like the Clarkson tup, got by the £34,000 Bull and Cave, and sold to James Harker, Murton Hall.

 

A couple of tups made £20,000 on the second day. First up was Buttertubs Knockout from Bobby Blades, a very tall, well-made tup which sold to Patrick Sowerby and John Bland.

 

The other, at £20,000, was from Richard Harrison, Talbert, Shap. Tailbert Magic is a son of the £46,000 Eric Coates tup, and with some eye catching colour. It sold to Settle-based breeders John Bradley, Pen-y-Ghent, and John Cowperthwaite, Howith.

 

AVERAGE

633 head, £1,840 (down £22 on the year for 63 more).

Auctioneers: Hawes Auction Mart.


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