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J36 Crooklands Livestock Auction: Ambleside Fair - Friday 13th September

The annual Ambleside fair show and sale of gimmer lambs had an entry in excess of 3000 forward. The pre-sale show was judged by James Dickinson of Milnthorpe and Josh Geary of Milton Keynes. A strong line up of sheep were forward for them to cast their expert eye over and thanks go our show sponsors Tony Sharp and Peter Horn Mobile Sheep Dipping. The championship rosette was awarded to R Lawrence, Grange-over-Sands with his North of England Mules with the Reserve Championship awarded to the Cheviot Mules from AR & BJ Thompson of Selside.

The sale commenced with the North of England Mule gimmer lambs and saw a busy ring of buyers wanting to purchase stronger gimmer lambs with good potential of growing into shearlings. There was an overall market average of £61.80 with the majority of lambs forward for the sale being made up of running lambs.

Leading the way was the overall Champion pen from R Lawrence selling to £155 with others from this good consignment selling to £95. Also achieving £95 was Fishwick Brothers of Longsleddale and selling to £92 was SJ & M Richardson & Son, Lupton. Plenty of other higher pens selling around the £80 mark.

The annual show and sale of Rough Fell Mule Gimmer Lambs had an entry of just short of 500 forward selling to a slightly easier trade than the previous year with an overall market average of £66.86. Strong powerful tupping lambs were still meeting demand. Leading the way was the Champion pen from TLB & J Knowles, Selside selling to £140 with their third prize pen selling to £105. Achieving £85 was MJ & JD Handley, Sedbergh with I & J Mallinson, Selside achieving the same price. Selling to £83 was FB Dunning & Son, Orton and £80 from M & G German, Middleton.

The was the largest entry of Cheviot Mule Gimmer lambs to date which created an abundance of interest where more could have easily of been sold. There was an overall market average of £85.70 which was strongly up on the year. Leading the way was the first prize pen from AR & BJ Thomspon, Selside selling to £115 purchased by the judge Mr Josh Geary, with others from the same good home selling to £98. D Slone of Barrow-in-Furness saw his consignment top at £109 with S Crawford, Staveley selling to £98 and JE Atkinson, Ulverston selling to £96.

Continental Gimmer lambs saw interest in the best types, twice topping at £92 from B & AC Barnes, Middleton and others to £90 from P & TL Edmondson, Kirkby-in-Furness.

There was a smaller entry of Store Lambs forward for this fortnightly sale of just over 1200 selling to a sharper trade, which was good to see especially with the current prime lamb trade, with many fresh faces ringside looking to purchase lambs. Leading the way was Beltex Store Lambs from N Cooper & Sons, Torver selling to £65 with Texel lambs selling to £68 from RH Redmayne, Windermere and other Texel lambs to £63 from P Wilson, Newbiggin on Lune. Cheviot Store lambs sold to a top of £60.50 from JE Swan, Cartmel Fell with Suffolk lambs twice selling to £60 from GM Redmayne, Ings and J & R Bell, Crook. Plenty of pens of strong store lambs easily sold around the £60 mark. Mule lambs sold to a top of £55 from Forest Hall Farm Partnership, Selside with others to £54.50 from N Cooper & Sons. Horned lambs sold to a top of £46 for Rough Fells from L Potter, Orton.

Top Prices

Gimmer Lamb:

Mule - £155 Holme Farm, £95 Middle Sadghyll, £95 Holme Farm, £92 High Row, £90 Holme Farm, £81 Low Garths Farm, £80 Botton Hall Farm, £78 High Row, £78 Catshaw Hall Farm, £78 Holme Farm. Rough Fell Mule - £140, £105 High Borrowbridge, £85 Archers Hall, £85 Borrow Bridge Farm, £83 Raisgill Hall, £80 Sowermire, £77 Archers Hall, £77 Raisgill Hall, £75 High Borrowbridge, £71 Borrow Bridge House. Cheviot Mule - £115 Poppy Farm, £109 Peel View Bungalow, £98 Seedhowe Cottages, £98 Poppy Farm, £96 Nibthwaite Grange Farm, £95 Poppy Farm, £95 Peel View Bungalow, £95 High House Farm, £94 Poppy Farm. Texel - £92 Hawkin Hall, £90 Low Hall Farm, £80 Stonethwaite Farm, £70 Gunner Fleet Farm, £66, £65, £60 Greenbank, £60 Gunner Fleet Farm. Masham - £82 Middale Farm, £76, £72, £70 Steps Farm, £70, £68 Middale Farm, £66 Mealrigg, £65 Crooksbeck, £63 Middale Farm, £60 Crooksbeck. Rough Fell - £44 Intake Farm.

Store Lamb:

Beltex - £65 Troughton Hall, £62, £53.5 Warth Sutton Farm. Texel - £63 Wath Farm, £63 Park Avenue, £61 Woodyard, £60.5 High Deepslack, £60 Singleton Park, £60 Moss Side, £58.5 Hatlex Lane, £57.5 Bull Bank Farm, £57.5 Low Hundhowe, £57 Fold Farm. Cheviot - £60.5 Forest Hall, £60.5 Rankthorn, £51 Woodyard, £48 Forest Hall. Suffolk - £60 Sunny Brow, £60 Gowan Bank Farm, £57 Cragg House Farm, £57 Wath Farm, £56 Hatlex Lane, £54.5 Gowan Bank Farm, £54 Grate Farm, £53 Cragg House Farm, £50 Lane House Farm, £48 Cragg House Farm. Mule - £55 Forest Hall, £54.5, £54 Troughton Hall, £53 Botton Hall Farm, £51.5 Forest Hall, £50, £49 Troughton Hall. Charollais - £52 Troughton Hall, £46 High Low Wood, £41 Newland Farm, £39.5 Town End Hall. Rough Fell - £46 Howes Lodge, £38, £37 Town End Hall, £37 Wath Farm, £35 Ellergill. Zwartble - £44 Bowston Hall.

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Show Results

Judges: Mr Josh Geary and Mr James Dickinson

Sponsors: Tony Sharp Trailers and Peter Horn Clipping

Class 1 – 10 Mule Gimmer Lambs
1st R Lawrence, Holme Farm £155
2nd SJ&M Richardson, High Row £92
3rd Fishwick Bros, Middle Sadghyll £95

Class 2 – 10 Rough Fell Mule Gimmer Lambs
1st TLB&J Knowles, High Borrowbridge £140
2nd I Mallinson, Borrow Bridge House £85
3rd TLB&J Knowles, High Borrowbridge £105

Class 3 – 10 Masham Gimmer lambs
1st JA Bennett, Middale Farm £82
2nd BJ Bainbridge, Steps Farm £72
3rd DR Law, Crooks Beck £65

Class 4 – 10 Cheviot Mule Gimmer Lambs
1st AR&BJ Thompson, Poppy Farm £115
2nd D Slone, Peel View Bungalow £109
3rd N Allan, Low Moor House £95

Champion R Lawrence, Holme Farm £155

Reserve Champion AR&BJ Thompson, Poppy Farm £115

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