The 920 shearlings in the Swaledale Sheep Breeders’ Association’s C District two-day sale at Kirkby Stephen drew one of the strongest trades for years.
Bidding peaked early on the first day in a consignment from Patrick and Kirsty Sowerby, Oakbank. Their sale topper, Oakbank Brigadier, a powerful son of their own Mossdale Interceptor and out of a ewe by the £25,000 Helbeck, sold at £42,000.
The ram, with a good clean skin, size and well made, combined with good colour and hair, was the choice of Richard Harker, Grayrigg Hall and Robert Hutchinson, Valley Farm.
The same vendors sold their second tup at £16,000. Oakbank Bombardier is the first shearling by the £15,000 Parkinson tup which was the male champion at Muker last year. This one sold to Robin Booth, Feizor.
A brace of shearlings hit £30,000 on the second day of the sale, with both sellers from the Lake District. First up was Gillside Colonel from Peter and Graham Lightfoot, Glenridding. Their very smart son of a David Harker tup bought two years ago and out of a ewe by the £18,000 Tailbert, it sold to Geoff Marwood, Long Green and Raymond Dixon, Garnthwaite, in a joint deal.
Also at £30,000 was Setmabanning Chris from George Hutton. Full of power, with a massive head and plenty of conformation, it was bought in a three way split with Richard Harker, David Harker (Overthwaite) and Richard Hargreaves, Meadow Bank.
A little earlier in the day Jimmy Harker’s Murton Hall Mona Lisa was knocked down at £28,000.
A son of Murton Hall The Business, it went in a four way split to Richard and David Harker, Jack Wade and Jack Lawson.
The champion on the first day came from Chris and Mark Rukin, West Stonesdale. It had caught buyers’ eyes all day and sold at £25,000 to Geoff and Carol Marwood, Long Green.
Joint purchaser of the top-priced lot, Richard Harker, sold one of his own at £22,000. Grayrigg Hall GPH 1, by a £12,000 Punchard sire, sold in a two-way deal to Peter Lightfoot and Bill Cowperthwaite, Tennant Gill. Jim and James Curwen, Trough of Bowland, Lancashire, drew £20,000 for their Marshaw Hallam 2.
First day, £1,759.20 (up £160 up on the year); overall two days, £1,591.61 (up £185.22).
Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington.