North West Actions were proud to host the annual Ambleside Fair show and sale of North of England Mule gimmer lambs, Scotch Mules, Rough Fell Mules, Cheviot Mules and Continental gimmer lambs. The show and sale was kindly sponsored by Avant plant and machinery, Wadland Finance, Carrs Billington, Mcveigh Parker. The pre-sale show was judged by Ian Lancaster, Clitheroe and Jim Finlayson, Dumfries.
North of England Mules saw the first prize rosette awarded to Jimmy Bell and Rachel Buckle, Carnwath which went on to be awarded the champion pen of the day. They went on to sell for the top price of the day of £200 with the second pen selling to £168. The second and third prize rosettes were awarded to Bob Lawrence and Emma Hand-ley, Grange Over Sands which went onto sell for £175 and £152. The sale was mainly consisting of running lambs saw a market average of £95.57 with purchasing looking for strong shearling making sheep.
The sale of Rough Fell mule gimmer lambs saw a sticky trade with strong tuppers wanted but southern buyers cautious with the on going draught conditions in the south. The championship rosette was awarded to TLB & J Knowles, Selside that topped the market at £165.
Cheviot Mules saw well grown tupping gimmer lambs selling between the £120-£130 mark. A top price of £152 was achieved by Low Moor Howe Farm, Winster with other top pens selling to £135 from AR & BJ Thompson, Selside with running types selling around the £100-£105 mark.
The sale concluded with Continental gimmer lambs which saw a pen of ¾ bred Texels from P Wilson, Newbiggin on Lune selling at £137 with other smart pens from TMW & H Hodgson, Nibthwaite selling to £136. Strong tupping sorts sold between the £120-£130 mark.