Topping the Swaledale trade at the annual show and sale of individual females at Hawes at £5,600 was the overall champion
This was a shearling gimmer from W. Richardson and Son, Appleby, which was purchased by Robbie Hallam, High Birkwith, Settle.
Two more then sold for £2,600. Firstly the fourth-prize shearling gimmer from P.E. and K.A. Sowerby, Kirkby Stephen, which was knocked down to Graham Coates, Richmond.
Next at the same money and topping the Swaledale ewe trade was one from D., E.M. and I.D. Brown, Richmond which sold to John Tully, Eggleston, Barnard Castle.
Following this, Messrs Lightfoot, Glenridding, Penrith, paid £2,400 for the overall reserve champion, a ewe from R. Hutchinson and Sons, Bowes.
In the Bluefaced Leicester section, sale leader at £5,000 was the second-prize hogg, by a Hewgill bred-ram, it was consigned by Messrs Lord, Stainmore. The buyers were D. McElhennon, County Derry.
Following this at £3,400 was a shearling gimmer from J. Wight and Sons, Biggar, which was knocked down to P.G. Mullan, County Londonderry.
Two more from W.A. and A. Booth, Feizor, made £2,400. Firstly, the overall reserve champion, a shearling which was purchased by J.R. and A. Caton, Otterburn, Skipton, followed by the first-prize ewe which led that sections trade. It went home with Megan Hallam, Settle.
Averages – Swaledale: Gimmer shearlings, £1,043; ewes, £907; gimmer hoggs, £800; Bluefaced Leicester: ewes, £1,700; gimmer shearlings, £1,400; gimmer hoggs, £804; Herdwick: ewes, £250.
Auctioneers: Hawes Farmers’ Auction Mart