Old Police House- J Nicholson
Hexham & Northern Marts held their second sale of hill ewes, gimmers and ewe lambs and other ewes, lambs and Rams of all classes and offered a combined catalogue of over 2700 head.
A mixed show of horned and cheviot hill ewes and gimmers met with a mixed trade although there was demand for all classes at ringside.
Within the sale the company conducted a dispersal of Hexham Type Blackface ewes on behalf of Mr John Nicholson, The Old Police House, Roadhead, Carlisle and these outstanding types saw the peak of the horned ewe trade.
With interest from Dumfriesshire to the North and Devon in the South the majority of ewes remained in either Northumberland or Cumbria. These quality sorts were released onto the market late in the season due to a change in farming policy but despite this sold exceptionally well and would scarcely have realised any greater return at the earlier sales and were a great credit to Mr Nicholson & Family.
Blackface Gimmers-£205, £200, £192, £160, £140
Blackface 1 crop-£155, £150
Blackface 2 crop-£164
Blackface 3 crop-£161, £122
Blackface 4 crop-£98, £94
Mule Ewe Lambs-£130, £122
Pry Hill-J A Wilkinson
Also sold on the day was the final offering of stock Swaledale ewes from Jeff Wilkinson, Pry Hill, Sinderhope and these too sold well as follows;
Swaledale 1 crop-£90
Swaledale 2 crop-£92
Swaledale 3 crop-£86
Swaledale 4 crop-£78
Horned and Cheviot ewes and gimmers were a straight trade although hardly as dear as the main sale, topping at £170 for Blackie Gimmers from breed stalwart Edgar Charlton, Greenleas.
Blackface 5 year old-£96, £90, £86, £85, £84 Featherwood
Blackface 6 year old-£70 Green Rigg
Blackface mixed ages-£100 Greenleas, £86 Bilsmoor, £72 Cottonshope
Swaledale 5 year old-£76 Low Bleakhope, £62 Westburnhope
Swaledale 6 year old-£55 Low Bleakhope, £52 Broadgates, £48 Chattlehope
Swaledale UO-£50 Westburnhope
Cheviot Ewes, Gimmers & Ewe Lambs
Cheviot 1 crop-£118 Woodbine Cottage
Cheviot x Ewe lambs-£116 Woodbine Cottage
South Country Cheviot
South Country Cheviot Gimmers-£128 Flotterton
South Country Cheviot 1-2 crop-£120 Flotterton
South Country Cheviot 4-5 crop-£87 Flotterton
South Country Cheviot 6 year old-£80 Flotterton
Mule & Other Ewes & Gimmers
A mixed show of Mule and Lowland ewes met a steady trade with square, well farmed, quality sorts sought after although secondary types harder to cash to advantage.
Mule 2-4 crop-£110 & £106 The Bridges
Mule 4 crop-£110 Bulls Hill
Mule 5 crop-£120 & £106 Baal Hill
Mule 5 year old-£102 Broadgate
Mule Gimmers-£150 Taylor Burn
Texel Gimmer-£200 (x3) The Croft
Texel x Gimmer-£170 West Wharmley, £160, £152 & £148 Claywalls, £145 Wesley House, £140 Claywalls
Suffolk x Gimmer-£178 Flotterton
Beltex x Gimmer-£202 Pit House
Bluefaced Leicester Gimmer (crossing type)-£155 Hole Farm
Cheviot Mule Gimmer-£168 Claywalls, £150 Flotterton
A small show of over 900 Mule and other ewes lambs were in demand with both tupping types and running, gimmer makers a good level trade throughout and many commenting dearer than the previous sale. All Northern counties were in attendance and buyers from further-a-field were also represented. The Mule entry was topped at £144 for a great pen from John Carr, Camphill who also followed with another at £138. Graham Robson, The Hole also had a good trade topping at £136 for a sweet pen full. Texel ewe lambs topped at £140 for a smart and hefty pen of four well-bred types from Katie Armstrong, Wesley House, Knitsley.
Blackface & Swaledale Ewe Lambs
Blackface-£82 Bilsmoor, £78 Featherwood
Swaledale-£71 Ouston farm, £63 & £54 Low Bleakhope
Mule Ewe Lambs
£144 & £138 Camphill, £136 Hole Farm, £132 Camphill, £131 & £130 Pitland Hills, £130 Hole Farm, £126 Demesne, £122 Pitland Hills, £120 Hole Farm (x2), Brieredge Farm & Hotbank, £118 Brieredge Farm, £108 Rugley Walls, £107 & £106 Chirdon, £106 Demesne
Other Ewe Lambs
Texel x Ewe lambs-£140 Wesley House, £125 Redsteads, £119 Glendue, £108 Armondside
Cheviot Mule Ewe lambs-£112 Low Espley
Bluefaced Leicester sold to another good trade topping at £600 from Messrs M & N Gray, Low Espley.
Tup Lamb-£320 & £300 Old Police House
Shearling-£600 Low Espley, £580 Woodcroft, £480 Holling Hill & Low Espley, £440 & £420 Low Espley, £420 Court Green Farm, £400 Cote Walls & Court Green Farm (x2)
Aged Ram-£420 Pry Hill, £350 Woodcroft
Aged Ram-£600 Bolam Lake House
Shearling-£200 (x2) Lilswood Cottage
North Country Cheviot shearling rams sold to a good trade topping at £850 from F T Walton, Flotterton.
The annual show was expertly judged by Mr J Ions, High Thornyburn placing F T Walton in top position held by stockman Thomas Hammond selling for £800. Second position went to Mr R Powell, Springwood.
The show was kindly sponsored by Hexham and Northern Rural.
North Country Cheviot Ram (Part type)
Shearling-£850, £800, £500 Humbleheugh, £480 Hill Head & Flotterton, £450 West Mill Hills, £400 Flotterton
North Country Cheviot Ram (Hill type)
Aged Ram-£400 Flotterton
Suffolk Shearlings sold to £580 for a shearling from Lilburn Estate Farming Partnership.
Shearling-£580 Lilburn Estates, £520 The Rock, £500 Lilburn Estates, £450 Elilaw, £400 Sillywrea
Shearling-£1150 Shawwood Farm, £650 Woodcroft, £600 & £550 Butterknowes, £520 Hill Head & Elilaw, £500 Butterknowes & Hill Head, £480 West Mill Hills, £450 Butterknowes (x3) & West Mill Hills
Continental and Cross Bred Ram
Bleu de Maine
Ram Lamb-£260 & £250 Woodhead
Shearling-£250 (x2) Amos Hil
Shearling-£420 Wrangham Farm, £320 & £300 Springwood, £300 High Castle Dene
Shearling-£480 Wrangham Farm, £420 Low Espley
Shearling-£300 Dotland Park, £260 High Toft Hill
Shearling-£380 & £360 Woodcroft