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J36 Ambleside Fair Friday 9th September

Posted Friday, 09 September 2016, 5.27pm

Caption: 1st prize Mules and Overall Champion pen from B & HM Wilson, Ashstead. With Representatives from The Rural Law Practice todays sponsors and Judge Mr A Purchase.

The Ambleside Fair show and sale had a bumper entry this year with more than 2,800 Gimmer Lambs going under the gavel. Plenty of new faces around the ring which is always pleasing to see but even better to see many returning customers in the market purchasing Lambs again. A nice line up of lambs forward for the show saw the first prize rosette and then overall champion Rosette awarded to B & HM Wilson and Family of Ashteads Farm, which went onto sell for £122. An entry of mainly fell lambs and young lambs forward for the sale saw tupping lambs easily selling into the nineties and nicer types of runners into the eighties with an overall market average of £79.18, a few pounds up on previous years with vendors leaving well satisfied.

Cheviot mule lambs are gaining more and more in popularity each year selling nearly £15 up on the previous year selling to a top of £127 from S Crawford of Staveley. Mashams slightly harder to sell this year with a few regular Masham gimmer lamb buyers missing, Mashams sold to a top of £82 from JA Bennett of Middale farm.

The Rough Fell Mule pre-show sale had an impressive line-up out in front of the judge Ashley Purchase of Barnstaple, a credit to the breeders in how the Rough Fell Mule breed has grown in popularity. The first prize rosette was awarded to Brian and Jayne Knowles of High Borrowbridge. It was a strong sale from start to finish with buyers old and new looking to purchase gimmer lambs. The day’s top price was for the first prize lambs from Brian and Jayne Knowles selling to £135. Plenty of pens sold into the nineties with buyers looking for powerful good coloured lambs. Vendors left happy with the sale with many vendors selling between £4 and £8 up on the previous year.

There was a market average of £79.85.

Prices Table

               Av.      Top.
Cheviott   £87.78 £127
RF Mule    £79.85 £135
Mule        £79.18 £122
Texel       £76.12 £97
Masham   £66.97 £82

Show Results


Mr A Purchase

Rough Fell Mules

1st TLB & J Knowles, High Borrowbridge
2nd SL Hoggarth, Birkhaw
3rd M & G German, Sowermire


1st DR Law, Crooksbeck
2nd BJ Bainbridge, Steps Farm


1st B & HM Wilson, Ashstead
2nd RA Clegg & LD Bennett, Tongue House
3rd TMW & H Hodgson, Arklid Farm

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