North West Auctions J36 Rural Auction Centre had its great annual show and sale of North of England Mule Gimmer Lambs on behalf of the Kendal Branch of NEMSA. The show evening the night before is continues to be a success and grows in popularity each year, especially with the ‘Stars in Your Eyes’ show and sale of individual gimmer lambs. A big thank you goes to our judges Mr B Griffiths, Devon and Mr M Woodward, Lutterworth for giving up their time and expertise. There was a great line up of show lambs forward with strong competition in both classes with 22 pens of 10 and 13 pens of 20. The championship pen of ten and receiving the JE Goad Memorial trophy was to RH & C Ayrton, Abbeystead for the second year running. The championship pen of twenty was awarded to A & H Watson, Middleton receiving the Jim Gibson Memorial Trophy. The Watson family were also awarded the Bruce Willison Memorial Shield for the best run of gimmer lambs, a special thank you must go to Mr M Archer for judging the best run of gimmer lambs. A big thank you must also go to our sponsors for their continued support.
It was record breaking year for the ‘Stars in Your Eyes’ sale with a new high price of £360 achieved for the Champion Lamb from TLB & J Knowles, Selside purchased by Trevor Wilson, for his recently born grandson, Beau David Sawrey. Thanks go to our ‘Stars in Your Eyes’ judge Mr D Buck, Barnard Castle. A special mention must go to the sponsor of this feature Macbeth, Scott & Co for their continued generous support. Top quality individual lambs were in strong demand and met by a good trade selling to £290 from RI Dixon, Low Newton for the second prize lamb with £230 achieved twice, from TA Ladds, Kendal and D & CE Marston, Kirkby Stephen and £200 from Messrs Hodgson, High Borrans.
The main sale of Mule gimmer lambs on Saturday had an entry of over 7000 forward selling to an overall market average of £75.60 with the trade remaining firm throughout the sale. Top pens of Gimmer Lambs and tupping lambs sold to a very similar trade to previous years with smaller tupping and running lambs a sharper trade than the previous year. Leading the way was the Championship pen of ten selling to £200 from RH & C Ayrton, purchased by the Judge Mr M Woodward. The second prize pen of ten sold to £165 from PE & M Capstick, Whicham. Other notable prices were £145 from A & H Watson who sold their champion pen of twenty selling to £140. TA & J Dixon, Selside and Messrs Hodgson, High Borrans sold their lambs to £140 with JS & S Atkinson, Scorton and WM & JE Shuttleworth, Barbon selling to £135. There was plenty of pens of strong best type of Mule tupping lambs selling between £105 and £125. Middle range tupping lambs regularly sold between £75 and £90 with runners selling into the late sixties and early seventies.