The two-day sale of Swaledale shearling rams on behalf of the Swaledale Sheep Breeders Association B District at Hawes saw a top price of £32,000.
This was for the first day’s reserve champion and winner of the small breeders class from B., M. and O. Acton, Ashes. The buyer was R. Marwood and Son, Newsham.
Next, making £28,000, was the overall champion and winner of the large breeders class from J.R. Rudkin, Park Lodge. It sold in a two-way split to F. and M.P. Allinson and Son, Baldersdale, and Messrs Lightfoot, Glenridding.
A ram from J.E. Thorpe, Hawes, then sold for £15,000 to J.C. White, and M. and E.M. Wilson, both from Lunedale, with Messrs Thorpe retaining a share.
The second day’s trade was headed at £22,000 by the third prize-winner in the small breeders class from J. and A. Harker, Overthwaite, which sold to J. Nelson and Son, Clapham, and Messrs Ridley, Haltcliffe.
Messrs Nelson took the next top price of £19,000 for the third prize winner in the large breeders class. It went home with K.M. and K.J. Curwen, Abbeystead.
Messrs Allinson then sold a ram at £18,000 to E.W. and J.R. Parkinson, Dunsop Bridge, but retained a half share.
Averages – 516 shearling rams, £1,551.
Auctioneers: Hawes Farmers Auction Mart Co.