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J36 - Show & Sale of Swaledale & Rough Fell Sheep - Friday 23rd September

Posted Friday, 23 September 2016, 4.31pm

Caption: Champion pen of Swaledales from E & A Wear, Grove Farm, with Judge Mr I Dixon, Low Newton

Caption: Champion Pen of Rough Fells from W Beck & Son, Bargh House with Judge Mr B Urwin.

The annual show and sale of Swaledale breeding sheep had the largest entry of sheep forward to date with a busy ringside of buyers from throughout the north west of England. It was also one of the best entries in terms of quality at J36 with compliments going to the vendors for the quality of sheep forward for the sale.

The pre-sale show was judged by Ian Dixon of Low Newton who awarded the champion rosette to the first prized pen of ewes from E & A Wear of Low Grove with the first prized pen of shearlings being awarded to Richard Hutchinson of Boundary House, many thanks goes to our judge.

A fantastic trade throughout the sale selling to a top of £195 for a pen of gimmer shearlings from JA Alderson of Barras Farm with Swaledale two and three crops ewes from the same home selling to £170. Gimmer shearlings from MP & A Capstick of High lane sold to £182 and the champion pen of Swaledale sheep, two crop ewes, from E & A Wear of Low Grove selling for £175. Plenty of pens of good quality gimmer shearlings and young ewes sold in excess of £150 with many of the top pens of three crop ewes selling between £120 and £150. A market average of £104.86 for all Swaledale ewes forward and with Gimmer Shearlings selling to a market average of £118.07. Swaledale gimmer lambs sold to a top of £92 J capstick of Whicham Hall with all gimmer lambs selling to an average of £59.20.

The annual show and sale of Rough fell Sheep on behalf of the Rough Fell Sheep Breeders Association was kindly sponsored by PV Dobson & Sons with the pre-sale show judged by Messrs Urwin of Northumberland. The champion pen of Rough Fell Sheep was awarded to the three crop ewes from W Beck & Son of Barugh House.

A strong trade for all Rough Fell Sheep with majority of consigners averaging more than last year’s sale. Rough Fell ewes sold to a top of £122 from VR Guy of Tebay. Rough Fell gimmer shearlings sold to a top of £120 from DV Carrick of Kirkby Stepehen making £120.

The section for other hill going ewes expands every year with more and more interest from buyers. A large selection of Cheviots forward this year sold to a strong trade topping at £95 from KM & KJ Curwen it was good to have a few consignments of Herdwick ewes in the sale selling to a good trade topping at £84 for Gimmer Lambs from J Parsley.

Show Results



Lake District National Park Association


Mr RI Dixon, Low Newton

Class one – Breeding Ewes

1st E & A Wear, Grove Farm
2nd JA Alderson, Barras Farm
3rd G Stephenson, The Gables

Class two – Gimmer Shearlings

1st RJ Hutchinson, Boundary House
2nd MP & A Capstick, High Lane
3rd JA Alderson, Barras Farm


E & A Wear, Grove Farm

Rough Fell


PV Dobson


Messrs Urwin, Haltwhistle

Class one – Breeding Ewe

1st W Beck & Son, Barugh House
2nd S Hoggarth, Birkhaw
3rd V Guy, Whinfell Terrace

Class two – Gimmer Shearling

1st S Hoggarth, Birkhaw
2nd S Hoggarth, Birkhaw
3rd W Beck & Son, Baugh House

Class three - Gimmer Lamb

1st E & K Bland, Cotegill
2nd G & J Allan, Syke Farm
3rd E & K Bland, Cotegill 


W Beck & Son, Barugh House

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