Trade at the Farmers Guardian-supported sale of Bluefaced Leicesters saw a top call of £30,000, with entries slightly back on the year and averages up for the 532 lambs on offer.
Topping the day were the Hewgill flock from the Lord family, Stainmore, Kirkby Stephen, with embryo brothers by Hewgill F52.
The first in the run was the day’s high price, which sold in a four-way split to the Riddings, Dawyk, Allanfauld and Drimsynie flocks.
At £22,000 was second by the same sire which sold to Jamie Pirie and Amy Campbell, with the Hewgill pen also topping the flock averages at £7,990 for the 10 lambs on offer.
Making £20,000 was the champion, tapped out by judge Allan Wight, Midlock. This ram lamb from Jim, Martin and Stephen Pedley, Yore House, is by L1 Carry House which was purchased from Hawes last year for £11,000, and out of a homebred ewe by Drimsynie H2.
It was knocked down in a five-way split to Northern Irish buyers Ian Montgomery, S. Laverty, G. and J. Loughery, E. Harkin and A.M.A. McKillop.
The Pedleys averaged £4,143 for their seven sold.
Selling for £15,000 next was one from Sandy Ainslie’s Linkshead flock, Berwickshire.
The tup, M1 Linkshead, is by the £5,000 Penhill ram bought at the sale last year and out of a homebred ewe by the J20 Kirkby Redgate. The buyers were Peter and Mary Heard, Yelland, Devon.
They averaged £3,129 for their pen of seven.
At £13,000 was a son of Carry House Jackpot from W.C. Porter and Son of the Riddings flock, Yorkshire. Out of a homebred ewe by E22 Riddings Domino, it sold to the Midlock flock. The Riddings consignment of 16 lambs average at £2,650.
Leading the Midlock consignment at £12,000 was L27 Midlock. By the £10,000 K1 Highberries and out of a ewe by another homebred tup, it sold to the Carry House and Steel flocks, Hexham. The Midlock pen averaged £3,027 for their 13 lambs forward.
Aged rams sold to £4,500 for J.A. and R. Caton, Otterburn Lodge, while shearling rams saw a high of £3,400 for E. Fairburn and Sons, Marriforth.
Shearling gimmers sold to £1,100 for N.J. and L. Allan, Lakethwaite, and gimmer lambs to £800 for A. and H. Watson, Middleton Hall. Ewes sold to £1,600 for G. Rawsthorne, Lunesdale.
Averages: Ram lambs, £1,440; shearling rams, £821; aged rams, £1,177; shearling gimmers, £415; gimmer lambs, £416; ewes, £596.
Auctioneers: Hawes Farmers Auction Mart