North West Auctions Kendal Mart held the Annual Sale of Rough Fell Breeding Rams on behalf of the Rough Fell Sheep Breeders Association last Saturday. This event is popular in the sales calendar being the only Association sale in existence. The cream of Rough Fell breeders were in attendance and a superb entry of rams graced the sale ring throughout the day.
Judging was in the capable hands of S Matthews (aged rams), R Simpson & G Udale (shearling rams), R McBurnie (ram lambs) & I Dickinson (overall champion).
The overall champion for 2010 was awarded to Messrs G H Capstick & Sons, Birkhaw whose home bred shearling ram went on to make 1800gns (£1890). The reserve champion award went to Mr B J Thompson, Poppy Farm who tup lamb sold for 300gns (£315).
As always Mr Norman Dodd of Flakebridge produced an excellent run of sheep achieving the top price of the day which was 4800gns (£5040). Mr Dodd went on to sell a run of 10 shearling rams to average £1257.
Throughout the sale there were 19 tups making over £1000 and the overall average for Rough Fell Shearlings was £523.
Overall Champion - GH Capstick & Sons, Birkhaw (pictured above presented by Edmund Capstick)
Reserve Champion - B Thompson, Poppy Farm (pictured above presented by Bradley Thompson)
Class 1 Aged Ram – Open
1st - R McBurnie, West Gurtof
2nd - E & K Bland, Cotegill
3rd - K Milburn, Chapel Beck
4th - H Harrison, Haw Bank
5th - D & HM Watson, Middleton Hall
6th - ME & DM Boustead, High Lane
Class 2 Best Ram 4 shear & over
1st - E & K Bland, Cotegill
2nd - K Nicholson, Applegarth
3rd - FB Dunning & Son, Raisgill Hall
Class 3 Ram Lamb
1st - B Thompson, Poppy Farm
2nd - A, M & R Capstick, High Lane
3rd - FB Dunning & Son, Raisgill
Class 4 Shearling Ram 10 sheep & Under
1st - Y Kirkby, West View
2nd - D Douthwaite, Mount Lea
3rd - H Harrison, Haw Bank
4th - H, R & S Bland, Cotegill
5th - Kieran Milburn, Chapel Beck
6th - D Douthwaite, Mount Lea
Class 5 Shearling ram no more than 150
1st - Y Kirkby, West View
2nd - RA Steadman, Ellergill
3rd - D Douthwaite, Mount Lea
Class 6 Shearling Ram – Open
1st - GH Capstick & Sons, Birkhaw
2nd - N & S Dodd, Flakebridge
3rd - E & K Bland, Cotegill
4th - D & HM Watson, Middleton Hall
5th - N & S Dodd, Flakebridge
6th - N & S Dodd, Flakebridge
Top Flock Averages – Rough Fell Shearlings
10 av. £1257.00 - N & S Dodd, Flakebridge
7 av. £1041.00 - MJ Handley, Catholes
8 av. £ 863.75 - I & J Mallinson, Low Northsceugh
5 av. £ 762.00 - E & K Bland, Cotegill
Shearling Rams: £5040, £3360, £2265 Flakebridge, £3150 & £2100 Catholes, £3045 Cotegill, £2625, £1785 & £1365 Low Northsceugh, £2100 Lockbank Farm, £1890 £1102.50 Birkhaw, £1890 High Lane, £1785 High Borrowbridge, £1680 Greenways Drive, £1470 Middleton Hall & Ellergill Farm, £1365 Sedbergh Road, £1050 The Barnaby Rudge Tavern.
Ram Lambs: £315 Poppy Farm, £315, £252 & £189 High Lane, £168 Galloper Park.
Aged Rams: £504 Haw Bank, £336 Middleton Hall, £294 High Borrowbridge/Low Northsceugh, £273 Brockstones & High Lane.