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J36 In-Lamb Sale - Saturday 28th January 2017

Posted Saturday, 28 January 2017, 4.16pm

Caption: Reserve Champion & Champion Rough Fell Females pictured (L-R) judge, Ian Mallinson, vendor Brian Knowles, vendor Sarah Hoggarth & Rough Fell Sheep Breeders Association President, Lenore Knowles

Caption: Champion Bluefaced Leicester Female from J & W Bell, Highfield pictured with vendor James Bell

Caption: Reserve Champion and Highest priced Bluefaced Leicester from J Wight & Sons, Midlock pictured with vendor Ben Wight.

The annual in-lamb sheep sale at J36 Rural Auction Centre had the largest entry to date with a busy ring of buyers and spectators throughout the day which saw a brilliant atmosphere throughout with a strong trade to match.

North West Auctions was proud to host the annual Rough Diamonds show and sale of individual Rough Fell females. The pre-sale show was expertly judged by Mr Ian Mallinson of Selside with the sale kindly sponsored by Alligator Mobile Sheep Handling. A strong line up of sheep was present which saw the championship rosette awarded to Sarah Hoggarth of Birkhaw Farm, lot 64 a two-crop ewe. The ewe was sired by RF2252, Poppy Unmistakeable, and she was scanned in-lamb with twins to RF2748 Cautgill Yelp, she later sold to 350gns to Stephen and Wendy Dickinson of Tebay. The reserve champion was awarded to TLB & J Knowles of Borrowbridge with lot 58 a Gimmer Shearling scanned in-lamb with twins to RF3030 Flakebridge Ziggy. The gimmer shearling, sired by RF2312 Brownber Unimog, sold to 400gns joining the growing flock of Paula Allen of St Annes Farm.

The sale also included the flock dispersal of Rough Fell breeding sheep on behalf of NC & S Dodd of Kirkby Stephen which saw Rough Fell gimmer shearlings selling to £145 and aged Rough Fell ewes, in-lamb to the Leicester, selling to £79.

The annual show and sale of individual Bluefaced Leicester females had the largest entry to date, attracting both regular and new vendors. The pre-sale show was expertly judged by Mr Jack Cartmel of Cockermouth. Two strong classes of Leicester sheep were presented before the judge, which saw the Championship Rosette awarded to J & W Bell of Highfield with lot 122 a Gimmer Hogg sired by D17 Hewgill. The reserve champion was awarded to J Wight & Sons of Midlock Farm, lot 129 an in-lamb Gimmer Shearling sired by F27 Midlock “Mustang”.

A strong trade was seen throughout the sale for Leicesters which saw the trade top at 1,900gns for the reserve champion from J Wight & Sons of Midlock Farm, lot 129 selling to M & G German of Kirkby Lonsdale. Gimmer Hoggs sold, twice, to 1,000gns firstly the champion from J & W Bell of Highfield and then a H1 Kirkby Redgate daughter from J Wight & Son, Midlock Farm. Bluefaced Leicester Gimmer Hoggs sold to an average of £882 and in-lamb Gimmer Shearlings averaging £522.

In addition to the Rough Fell and Bluefaced Leicester show and sale we saw the largest entry of multi-breed sheep to date as well. All types of sheep were eagerly bid for and sold to a strong trade. Texels sold to a top of 450gns from PK & R Woof of Storth End Farm for a 2013 ewe sired by Sportsmans Tremendous II, scanned in-lamb with twins to UNO with plenty of in-lamb Texels selling between 300gns and 350gns. A strong Zwartable trade was enjoyed with Zwartable Gimmer Shearlings selling to 220gns from BA Hogg of Melbourne House.

The multi-breed sale was followed by the major flock reduction on behalf of TH Gibson and Son, Toadpool Farm, Kendal of outstanding Mule ewes. The sheep were a credit to the family and the quality of sheep that the family have bought over the years. A lot of Interest in the sheep from throughout the North West saw the best pen of one and two crop Mule ewes sell to £210 and another two pens selling to £205. A buoyant trade throughout saw one and two crop ewes selling between £165 and £195 with two crop upward ewes selling to a top of £170. The family would like to thank all the buyers and wish them all the best with their purchases.

Show Results

Rough Fell Females


Mr I Mallinson

Class one – In-lamb Ewe

1st Lot 64 S Hoggarth, Birkhaw
2nd Lot 57 TLB & J Knowles, High Borrowbridge
3rd Lot 60 IK & AM Grisedale, Greenmount Farm

Class two – In-Lamb Shearling

1st Lot 58 TLB & J Knowles, High Borrowbridge
2nd Lot 59 TLB & J Knowles, High Borrowbridge
3rd Lot 53 WJ Dawson, Rash Mill

Class three – Gimmer Hogg

1st Lot 56 WJ Dawson, Rash Mill
2nd Lot 62 JA Law, Elm Croft
3rd Lot 55 WJ Dawson, Rash Mill


Lot 64 SL Hoggarth, Birkhaw

Reserve Champion

Lot 58 TLB & J Knowles, High Borrowbridge

Bluefaced Leicester Females


Mr J Cartmel

Class one – In-lamb Ewe & Shearling

1st Lot 129 J Wight & Sons, Midlock Farm
2nd Lot 119 T Ayrton & Son, Yates Farm
3rd Lot 121 GW Whitwell, Lanshaw Farm

Class two – Gimmer Hogg

1st Lot 122 J & W Bell, Highfield
2nd Lot 123 J & W Bell, Highfield
3rd Lot 132 J Wight & Sons, Midlock Farm


Lot 122 J & W Bell, Highfield

Reserve Champion

Lot 129 J Wight &Sons, Midlock

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