North West Auctions Kendal Mart enjoyed a very cold but successful Christmas prize show & sale of lowland breed prime lambs on Tuesday. Numbers forward were very much affected by the persistent sub zero temperatures with less than 1100 lambs forward. The Christmas prize show was judged by Mr Jim Hadwin butcher of Mansergh who buys many quality lambs a Kendal through the year.
Championship honours were awarded to JW & A Matthews, Oldfield End whose Texel lambs went onto make £94 per head (214p/kg) and were purchased by the judge.
(photo above shows Jim Hadwin (left) and Alan Matthews)
Pen of 5 Texel Lambs
1st JW & A Matthews, Oldfield End £94 to J Hadwin
2nd J Allonby & Son, Greenhead £87 to J Hadwin
3rd JG & PH Thompson, Poppy Farm £79 to M Lomax
Pen of 5 Continental Lambs
1st Fishwick Farms, Bank House Farm £84 to R Skelton
2nd JA & R Geldard, Low Foulshaw £76.50 to M Lomax
3rd JR & KR Wilkinson, High Foulshaw £70 to J Hadwin
Pen of 5 Suffolk Lambs
1st DC, D & JD Taylor, Garnett Folds £71 to Dunbia
2nd DC, D & JD Taylor, Garnett Folds £73 to A Dawson
3rd JR & KR Wilkinson, High Foulshaw £69 to Dunbia
Trade overall was much improved with light weight lambs the best trade for some time. Standard weights averaged overall 168p/kg.
A reduced entry of cast sheep were a tremendous trade averaging £61.26 for all breeds selling to a top of £92 for Cheviots from J Allonby & Son, Green Head. There was a ring full of orders for cast ewes.
In the calf ring there were 32 forward for the weekly sale of rearing calves. The Christmas prize awards went to the top priced bull & heifer which were both British Blues from JJ & MA Park & Son, Low Sizergh Farm. The bull sold at £200 and the heifer sold at £140.
PRIME LAMBS - Texel: £94, £75 Oldfield End; £88, £87 Green Head; £81, £79 Poppy Farm; £78 Kirket Nook; £77 High Foulshaw Farm; £76 Nether House Farm; £75 Docker Hall, Scroggs Farm. Cont: £84 Bank House Farm; £71, £64 Mid Town House; £68 Barker Knott. Char: £76.50, £72 Low Foulshaw Farm; £70 High Foulshaw Farm. Suff: £77, £74 Hollins Farm, Brow Head, Raw Head; £76 Mountain View; £76, £75 Barker Knott; £75 Crabtree Farm, Meadow Oaks; £74 Low Greenriggs; £73 Garnett Folds. Chev: £74 Green Head; £70.50, £65 Beck Nook; £67 Croft Foot; £63 Low Gregg Hall. Mule: £71.50, £67 Nether House Farm; £69.50, £68 Middale Farm; £68, £65.50 Long Streets; £67.50 Thursgill; £67 Low Newton Farm. Masham: £69.50 Middale Farm. Horned: £67.50 Bank House Farm; £66, £63.50 Croft Foot Farm; £64.50 Middle Sadghyll; £62 Beck Nook.
CAST SHEEP – Chev: £92 Green Head. Texel: £89 Gibraltar Farm; £81 Hill Farm; £79 Lambrigg Head Farm. Suff: £73 Mansergh High Farm; £57 Arnside Tower. Cont: £79 Hawkrigg End. Masham: £83, £82, £78, £73 Lambrigg Head. Mule: £84 High Foulshaw; £82 Hawkrigg End; £79, £73 Lambrigg Head; £78 Hill Farm; £76 Gibraltar Farm; £75 Hollins Farm, Brow Head; £74 Middale Farm; £73 Docker Hall. Swale: £50, £40 Mid Town House; £40 Beech Tops. Rough Fell: £66, £57 High Swinklebank Farm; £60 Mint View. Dalesbred: £63 Yarlsber. Leic: £66 Moss Head.
BULL CALVES – BB: £200 Low Sizergh Farm; £180 Tranthwaite Hall; £160 Strickley, Low Sizergh. Lim: £190, £150, £120 Low Stanger Thwaite; £180 Docker Hall. AA: £110 Low Stanger Thwaite; £55 Capplerigg. Shorthorn: £70 Strickley. Mont: £100 Low Sizergh.
HEIFER CALVES – BB: £140 Low Sizergh Farm. Lim: £100 Low Stanger Thwaite.