Hexham Prize Show & Sale of Shearling Rams & Ram Lambs


Hexham and Northern Marts held their opening Ram sale of the season and offered a great catalogue of tups, quality sorts from across the region and beyond. A super entry of 425 Texel Shearlings and Ram lambs were presented and a great trade was witnessed throughout the day.

Prior to the sale the Pre-show was conducted and kindly sponsored by Hodgson Toyota (Newcastle) Ltd. Presiding as master judges were David & Richard Thirlwell, Nunwick Estates, the brothers were faced with a shearling class of 22 exhibitors that many commented was by far the best Texel class seen at Hexham since the breed was introduced to the sale.

Working swiftly and diligently together the judges first halved the entry then selected their preferred half dozen; one of which the most discerning of purchasers would have been happy to take home.

After close inspection David & Richard made their awards as follows

Prize List

1st Prize-Lot 150- S & A Reed, Lands Farm

2nd Prize-Lot 204-R Thornton, Cornhills

3rd Prize-Lot 411-K & A Young, Harbottle Grange

4th Prize-Lot 35-Messrs Harrison & Kellet, Errington

5th Prize-lot 90-Mrs A Hunter, Brinkburn New Houses

6th Prize-Lot 162-J Davison, Lough Green

The only exhibitor of Ram lambs on the day; Mrs Katy Carr, Highwood was rewarded for her efforts in the lamb classes with both first and second prize rosettes for her lots 26 and 27 respectively. After swift deliberation the judges awarded the overall Championship of the Arthur Iveson memorial trophy, to the outstanding shearling from Messrs Reed and the Reserve Champion awarded to Messrs Thornton.

The Champion which would have figured equally as high in any show classes across the country, then went on to sell for a centre breed record breaking price of £7500 in a three way split between, Messrs Scott, Low Leam, Messrs Hunter, The Steel and Messrs Charlton, Tenter House, all of whom were ecstatic with their new acquisition.

The Lough Green trophy for the best pen of 3 shearlings was equally hard fought and no easy task for the judges who, from ten pens presented, made their selection as follows,

1st Prize-Cornhills (207,209,210)

2nd Prize-Errington (34,35, 37)

3rd Prize-Harbottle Grange (411,412,415)

The company would like to congratulate all prize winners and sincerely thank all exhibitors, our judge and sponsors.

As well as the top price Champion Ram, the sale saw great prices from start to finish with many flock exceeding previous top prices and best averages. Several rams sold in excess of £2000 which included Lot 206 from Cornhills at £2600 and a trio from The Lands at £2300 and £2100 twice. Mrs Anne Hunter Brinkburn, Newhouses brought out a sparking pen of rams this year and also saw £2100 for her leader No.92.

Leading Flock Averages

FlockQuantityTop PriceAverage
A Hunter-New Houses8£2100£1456
Edlingham Demense5£1800£1290
Lough Green13£1150£911
J Clark- New Houses12£1100£883

Leading Prices;

£7500 Lands, £2600 Cornhills, £2300 Lands, £2100 Brinkburn, £2100 (x2) Lands, £2000 Townfoot, Brinkburn & Cornhills, £1900 Errington & Cornhills, £1800 Cornhills & Edlingham, £1700 Cornhills & Butterknowes, £1600 Brinkburn & Cornhills, £1500 Juries House, Brinkburn, (x3) Edlingham, £1400 Townfoot, Flotterton & Cornhills, £1300 (x2) Juries House, Brinkburn & Butterknowes

Continental & Crossbred

Hexham and Northern Marts held its opening sale of Crossbred and any other Continental Shearlings and Ram Lambs which saw forty more entries than last year.

Trade this year was a little selective with the top end of tups getting away well. Size and power was wanted with a premium paid for these sorts.

Pre-sale show was kindly judged by Mr D Milburn, Wallend who tapped out a Dutch Texel Shearling from Mr B Storey, Woodhead. Second prize went to the same home. This was some achievement with twenty five tups out for the judge.

The first prize winner went on to realise £1500 and finds his new home in North Wales. The Storey’s went on to sell an impressive 16 shearlings to an average of £948.12. Well Done Brian, Mick and Will!

Sale leader was an outstanding Texel Tup from James Herdman, Edlingham Newtown. This powerful and stylish tup went on to realise £2100 selling to Mr Ellis, Mold, North Wales.

Three Shearlings went on to sell for £1600. The first coming from Mrs A Walby, West Side with her pure Dutch Texel. Second was a Beltex x tup from regular vendors Messrs W R Sparke & Son, Little Swinburn. Third was one of the last tups in the ring, third prize winner from Messrs J & A Moralee, Hard Riding, which was well turned out by sons Jack and Ben.

Pure Beltex-£1200 & £1150 Steeley, £1100 Morven, £1000 (x2) Yatesfield, £900 (x20 Dotland Park

Beltex x-£1600 Little Swinburn, £1100 Low West House & Little Swinburn, £1000 & £820 Little Swinburn, £800 Barracks Farm

Bleu du Maine-£260 Butterknowes

Charolais x-£780 Slealands, £550 & £500 (x2) Great Tosson

Suffolk x-£800 & £720 Rosebrough

Texel x-£2100 Edlingham Newtown, £1300, £1000, £920 (x4) High Castle Dene Farm, £900 Edlingham Newtown, £900 High Castle Dene Farm


A great show of Suffolk Rams sold to a flying trade. Mr N Brown, EWH judged the strong classes tapping his Champion out from Mr A Lee, Goatstones.

 Reserve Champion went to Master Ridley Craig, South Hanging.

Topping the trade was the second prize shearling at £1700 heading to the judge from Mr A Lee, Goatstones.

The Champion went to sell for £1450.

F T Walton, Flotterton sold tups up to a top of £1320 selling to a returning customer.

Suffolk Shearling-£1700 & £1450 Goatstones, £1320 Flotterton, £1150 Goatstones & Flotterton, £1120 Flotterton, £1100 (x2) Goatstones, £1050 Flotterton & Goatstones, £1000 High Dalton & Edlingham Newtown

Suffolk Ram Lamb-£580 Salmonfield

Bluefaced Leicester

A strong show of Bluefaced Leicester Tups sold to a steadier trade however still topping at £1600 from Messrs T L Foster & Son, Low Fells.

Miss Helen Donald judged the classes placing a traditional Bluefaced Leicester Tup from Clarilaw Farming Partnership, Champion.

Reserve Championship went to Shand & AR Carter, selling to £1200 into the Otterburn Countryside.

1st Prize-Shand & A R Carter

Leicester Shearling-£1600 Lowes Fell, £1200 Street House, £1000 Lowes Fell