CHAMPION RAM SELLS FOR £700
North West Auctions Lancaster Mart held their Annual Show & Sale of Breeding Ewes & Rams which attracted a large entry of stock with several new vendors present and an active ringside of 85 purchasers keen to secure stock ensuring a strong trade throughout the sale.
The day started with the annual show & sale of Suffolk rams and ram lambs which were judged this year by Mr John Nuttall of Dorset who had a great show of rams presented before him. The Championship of the day was awarded to a Shearling ram presented by S Mellor of Stoke-on-Trent (photo 1 shows Hannah Woodall of Alflex (sponsors) John Nuttall (judge) and Mr Mellor (vendor). The ram later went on to sell for the day’s joint top price of £700 to the judge. Standing in reserve was a ram lamb consigned by G Owen of Anglesey which sold for £420 to J Bargh & Son. A large show of 122 rams sold to a keen ringside of buyers with other noteable prices being £700 for a Beltex x Shearling from ST Birkett, Hall Croft Barn, £650 for Texel Shearling from JT & J Kelsall, Cold Cotes and Suffolks to £600 (x3) from JH Towers & Sons, Tunstall.
Suffolk to £700 (57 av. £408)
Texel to £650 (30 av. £325)
Char to £520 (11 av. £310)
Beltex to £700 (7 av. £360)
Ram Show Results
1st & Champion S Mellor, Windicott Farm
£700 to J & E Nutall
2nd S Mellor, Windicott Farm
£500 to J & E Nutall
3rd ST Birkett, Hall Croft Barn
£600 to JW & D Robinson & Sons
Suffolk Ram Lambs
1st & Reserve G Owen, Newadd Wen
£420 toJ Bargh & Son
2nd G Owen, Newadd Wen
3rd G Riley, Bolton-le-Sands
£400 to H Halhead & Son.
BREEDING EWES & SHEARLINGS
The Annual Show & Sale of Mule Shearlings saw a fantastic entry of sheep presented before the judge Mr John Garnett of Kendal who awarded the first prize to Ashley Wilson, High House (pictured above). These later sold for £190 to W Garnett & Son. The day’s top price of £220 was achieved for a pen of 10 Mule Shearlings presented by JK & BE Townley, Mearsbeck and these were purchased by C Jackson, Forgelands. A feature of the sale was three part flock dispersals. H P Armitage sold strong 2 crop Mule ewes to £128. AG Butler sold 1 crop Texel ewes to £170 and CB Hoggarth sold Texel ewes to £152.
Mule Shearling Show Results
1st & Champion AJ Wilson, High House £190 to W Garnett & Son
2nd JK & BE Townley, Mearsbeck £220 to C Jackson
3rd JS & KM Wilson, High House £165 to W Garnett & Son
Rams av. £345.80 up £14.57
Shearlings av. £143.51 up £15.38
Ewes av. £121.00 up £22.47
Shearlings - Mule: £220 Mearsbeck; £190 High House (A Wilson); £168 Beech Tops; £165 High House (JS & KM Wilson); £165 Mill Farm. Suffolk: £142 Preston Patrick Hall. Char: £158 Preston Patrick Hall. Chev: £112 Ouzelthorn. Texel: £160 High House (JS & KM Wilson); £158 Preston Patrick Hall; £155 Davy Bank.
Rams - Suffolk: £700 Windicott Farm; £600 Tunstall Hall, Hall Croft Barn; £580 Knowsley Farm. Char: £520 Cinder Hill Farm; £220 Preston Patrick Hall, Parks Farm Barn; £200 Poplar Farm. Texel: £650 Summerlands; £450 Mearsbeck Farm; £380 Moor Farm Cottage; £330 Kellamaragh Barn. Lleyn: £220 White Crosses Farm. Beltex: £700 Hall Croft Barn; £350 Yew Tree Farm.
Ewes – Mule 1 Crop: £148 Bridge Cottage; £128 Flodder Hall. Mule 2 Crop: £128 Preston Patrick Hall; £125 Flodder Hall. Texel 1 crop: £170 Parks Farm Barn. Texel 2 crop: £152 Davy Bank. Texel 3/4 Crop: £115 Parks Farm Barn.