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J36 Crooklands Livestock Auction: Ambleside Fair - Friday 14th September

The Ambleside Side Fair annual Show and Sale of Mule, Masham, Rough Fell Mule, Cheviot Mule and Continental Gimmer Lambs, followed by Store Lambs, had an entry of 5000 lambs forward for the sale. Our thanks must go to our pre-sale Judge Mr Michael Hopper of Banbury for giving up his time and expertise. There was the largest entry of show lambs put before Mr Hopper in the Mule and Rough Fell Mule classes, with the overall champion rosette being awarded to Bob Lawrence and Emma Handley, Grange-Over-Sands, with their pen of North Country Mules. The Rough Fell Mule Lamb class was won by TLB & J Knowles, Selside with the Cheviot Mules being won by JE Atkinson, Lowick and the Masham class won by BJ Bainbridge, Shap.

The sale of Mule Gimmer Lambs sold to an overall market average of £63. The dry summer down south and many struggling to sell Shearlings led to the reduced price. There was plenty of buyers present, but wanting to purchase fewer sheep this year. The trade was topped by Bob Lawrence and Emma Handley selling to £140 and £120. Strong lambs sold in excess of the £80 mark with bonny running lambs selling in excess of the £70 mark. There was an entry of over 100 Mashams forward selling to a top of £84 from JA Bennet, Long Sleddale, with all Mashams forward selling to a market average in the early sixties.

The annual sale of Rough Fell Mule gimmer lambs saw a catalogued entry of over 700 attract a keen ringside of buyers with lambs finding new homes in Scotland, Devon, Wales and the Midlands as well as the local three counties.

The sale peaked at £148 from TLB & J Knowles who sold others at £125. MJ & JD Handley achieved £109 with Booth Bros selling to £97. An average of £68.37 was achieved for all sold with increasing interest year on year.

The sale of Cheviot Mules saw £100 achieved by Booth Bros with others at £93 from AR & BJ Thompson and £88 from S Crawford. Plenty of stronger lambs were selling between £75 and £80, with all sold averaging £64.94.

Several pens of Texel X gimmer lambs sold to keen interest with TMW & H Hodgson achieving £90 and others nicely selling at between £70 and £75 for well grown, all sold averaging £68.

The fortnightly sale of Store Lambs had an entry of 1363 forward selling to an average of £55. The sale topped at £76 for Texel lambs from R Gibson & Son, Kendal. Strong lambs once again sold in excess of the £60 mark. Some buyers were slightly more cautious with the recent drop in the Prime Lamb trade.

Top Prices

Gimmer Lamb

Rough Fell Mule - £148, £125 High Borrowbridge, £109 Archers Hall, £97 The Old Mistle, £82 Cotegill Farm. Mule - £140, £120, £92, £91 Holme Farm, £90 Low Garths Farm. Cheviot Mule - £100 The Old Mistle, £93 Poppy Farm, £88 Seedhowe Cottages, £87 Nibthwaite Grange Farm, £80 Poppy Farm. Texel - £90 Arklid Farm, £75 Gunner Fleet Farm, £73 Gilpin Farm, £72 Birch Bank, £71 Low Hall Farm. Masham - £84 Middale Farm, £68 Greenbank, £63 Crooksbeck, £62 Steps Farm, £62 Mealrigg. Suffolk - £79 Conder Green Farm, £54 Borwick Lodge Farm. Rough Fell - £60 Old School House.

Store Lamb

Texel - £76 Singleton Park, £63 Hall Farm, £62 Forest Hall, £61 The Plough Inn, £60 High Farm. Beltex - £68, £55 Troughton Hall. Mule - £68 Moss Howe Farm, £60.5 Woodside Farm, £60 Riverside House, £59 Howe Farm, £57 Millriggs. Suffolk - £66 Gowan Bank Farm, £65 Grate Farm, £63 Barker Knott, £62.5 Gowan Bank Farm, £59.5 Bradlow Farm.

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Show Results

Judge
Mr M Hopper

Sponsor
Tony Sharp Trailers

Class one –Mule Gimmer Lambs
1st R Lawrence, Holme House
2nd R Lawrence, Holme House
3rd E Parker, Crag Bank

Class two – Rough Fell Mule Gimmer Lambs
1st TLB & J Knowles, High Borrowbridge
2nd I Mallinson, Borrow Bridge
3rd A & M Skidmore, Flakebridge

Class three – Masham Gimmer Lambs
1st BJ Bainbridge, Steps Farm
2nd DR Law, Crooksbeck

Class four – Cheviot Mule Gimmer Lambs
1st JE Atkinson, Nibthwaite Grange Farm

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