North West Auctions had the pleasure of hosting the annual prize show and sale of North of England Mule gimmer lambs on behalf of Kendal branch members on Saturday 9th September. This much anticipated sale attracted buyers from all parts of the UK, who were rewarded with an exceptional quality entry of lambs for which all vendors must be complimented.
The pre sale show on Friday night was kindly judged by Mr W Taylor, Ainstable and Mr B Ridsdale, Penrith who has an exceptional entry of twenty pens of ten and nine pens of twenty put before them, in the two show classes. After much deliberation the first prize rosette and also receiving the JE Goad memorial trophy for the best pen of ten was awarded to the Inman Family, Strickland Hill Farm, Witherslack who later that evening also received the first prize rosette and the Jim Gibson memorial trophy for the first prize pen of twenty. The full show results are as follows:
Pen of Ten Mule Gimmer Lambs
1st Inman Family, Strickland Hill Farm- £270
2nd RH&C Ayrton, Ouzelthorn Farm- £230
3rd Messrs Hodgson, High Borrans- £260
4th RI Dixon, Low Newton Farm- £230
5th AC&K Pye, Dunkenshaw Farm- £250
6th Messrs Hodgson, Fell Side- £175
Pen of Twenty Mule Gimmer Lambs
1st Inman Family, Strickland Hill Farm- £195
2nd TA&J Dixon,Yoad Pot- £150
3rd Messrs Hodgson, High Borrans- £170
4th J&JA Burrow, Thursgill- £144
5th PE&M Capstick, Whicham Hall Farm- £162
6th JA& CA Gibson, Longwell- £136
We would like to thank our sponsors for their kind and continued support; B.B Dairy Ltd, Wynnstay, New Breed UK, Farmgate Vets, Ladds of Benson Hall, GW Taylor, Murray Farmcare, NFU Mutual Kendal and Alan Myerscough Ltd.
A special feature of Friday evening was the ‘Stars in Your Eyes’ show and sale of individual Mule gimmer lambs, fourteen competed for the Dixon Family Bowl. Which this year was kindly judged by Mrs J Brough, Wigton who awarded the champion rosette to D Bateman, Moors Farm, Sedbergh. The sale of individual lambs saw a top price of £320 achieved from AC&K Pye, Abbeystead with D Bateman, Sedbergh achieving £300. Others were generally £190 to £250. The full show results are as follows:
1st D Bateman, Moors Farm - £300
2nd AC&K Pye, Dunkenshaw Farm - £320
3rd TA&J Dixon,Yoad Pot - £250
4th ST&SE Allen, Hillcroft - £200
5th T Ayrton & Sons, Yates Farm - £180
6th D Sharp, Flodder Hall - £190
The sale of Mule gimmer lambs saw a top price of £270 achieved for the first prize pen from the Inman Family, Witherslack. Closely followed by Messrs Hodgson, Windermere at £XX with other pens at £250 from AC&K Pye, Abbystead, £240 from P&A Fell, Pennington, £230 from RI Dixon, Grange over Sands and RH&C Ayrton, Abbeystead. Strong tupping lambs were generally sold at £140 to £160, with the next draw down £120 to £130. A keen interest in running lambs were nicely selling at £105 to £115, with the smallest £88 to £100. An overall sale averaged of £120.08 (plus £3.10 on the year) was achieved, with vendors offering their entire crop of gimmer lambs.
Rounding of a good day for the Inman Family of Strickland Hill Farm, they received the Bruce Willison memorial shield for the best run of lambs in the market.
North West Auctions would like to take this opportunity to thank all their staff for their hard work on a very hot day, ensuring that everything ran smoothly from start to finished. With thanks also going to hauliers and vendors for their assistance throughout the day.