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Kendal Saturday 10/09/11 NEMSA Gimmer Lambs Sale

Posted Sunday, 11 September 2011, 11.46am



The old Town Centre Market at Kendal was packed to the rafters for what will probably be the final NEMSA Gimmer Lambs Sale before moving to the new Auction.  Entries were up considerably on the previous year with every corner of the Mart full of temporary pens.  As always sheep judging took place on the Friday evening for the pens of ten and an excellent entry of sheep were presented to the judges Ian Sowerby of Appleby and Brian Ridsdale of Calthwaite. Championship honours were awarded were awarded to P & A Fell, Castle Hill who received the Goad Memorial Trophy for the second year in succession.  The photo above shows the Champion Pen of Gimmers with from left: Mark Stott, Farmgate Vets (sponsors), Jeremy Huck of NBUK Feeds Ltd (sponsors), Mark Platts of Levens Valley Agriculture (sponsors), Richard Gardiner of North West Auctions, Master Peter Fell,  Ian Sowerby (judge), Brian Ridsdale (judge) and Peter Fell (vendor).

Judging of the pens of 20 took place early on Saturday morning with both judges Derek Purchase of Barnstable and Terry Armitstead of Selside making an excellent job in a strong line up.  Once again championship honours for pens of 20 were awarded to P & A Fell, Castle Hill along with the Jim Gibson Memorial Trophy.    Trade quickly improved throughout the sale and stayed strong and level from start to finish.  An excellent overall average of £106 and a few pence was up more than £17 on the year.  This was felt to be a superb result considering the fact that so many vendors sell their complete annual consignment of sheep from the strongest tupping lambs to the smallest running lambs.  It was pleasing to see so many regular customers around the ring but also equally gratifying to see a number of new faces drawn from throughout Cumbria and the rest of the country as well. 

A new award was made this year for the first time.  A special shield was awarded in Memory of the late Bruce Willison for the Best Run of Lambs Overall and this was received by J & JA Burrow of Thursgill.  The top price of the day was for the Champion Pen of 10 from Messrs Fell, Castle Hill and these made a genuine £210 per head following competitive bidding from the ringside.    


Pens of 10 Mule Gimmer Lambs
1st & Champ  P & A Fell, Castle Hill     £210    
2nd  JD & CL Inman, Strickland Hill    £181
3rd   JA & J Dixon, Yoad Pot             £142
4th   Stanley Cook Farming, Moss Howe   £165
5th   J & JA Burrow, Thursgill  £172
6th   JR & LA Capstick, Beckside   £150      

Pens of 20 Mule Gimmer Lambs
1st   P & A Fell, Castle Hill    £145    
2nd  JD & CL Inman, Strickland Hill         £145
3rd   D, HM & A Watson, Middleton Hall  £150
4th   JA & CA Gibson, Longwell               £150
5th   J & JA Burrow, Thursgill     £142
6th   B & HM Wilson, Ashstead   £120  

Best Run of Lambs Overall  - J & JA Burrow, Thursgill.    

- £210 Castle Hill; £181 Strickland Hill; £172 Thursgill; £165 Moss Howe; £162 Rydal Farm; £150 Middleton Hall, Longwell, Low Newton Farm, Beckside; £148 Whicham Hall; £142 Yoad Pot; £140 Middle Sadgyll, Yates Farm; £136 Ashstead; £135 High Borrowbridge, Well Foot; £134 Moors; £130 Burneside Hall; £122 High Row, Forest Hall, Tongue House Farm; £120 Barker Knott; £116 Grayrigg Hall; £115 New Hall Farm, Low Sizergh Farm; £112 Catshaw Hall Farm, Low Longmire; £111 Barrowfield; £110 Brow Top; £109 Garnett House; £107 Middale Farm; £106 Low Stennerley, Gowan Bank, Scar Sykes Farm; £104 Brackensghyll, Sowermire; £103 Skelwith Fold; £102 Hollin Wood, Woodside.    

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