Mitchells Auction Mart conducted its Annual Lakeland Prize show & sale of a catalogued entry of 10,415 Mule gimmer lambs on Friday 20th September. The pre sale show was expertly judged by Mr Norman Story, Fell End and Mr Allan Collette, The Cheviots with two sections to place; the large breeders and small breeders. The sale was kindly sponsored by Carrs Billington, Paul Chuter, Armstrong Watson Accountants and Hundith Hill Hotel.
Championship rosette and the Johnny Matterson Memorial cup was awarded to a wonderful pen consigned by Messrs Allan, Greenhow Farm, Dufton. Reserve honours were presented to the second prize large breeders from Messrs Folder, Wescoe. Mr Tim Reed, Moss Kennels whom judged the best run and awarded it to J & W Bell, Highfield.
The sale then followed with all runs of lambs looking their best and impressing a well travelled auction of prospective buyers which were hugely impressed with the quality of breeding from all consignments. Trade was very pleasing on the face of Brexit, with all types of lambs having numerous bidders on each lot. Both tuppers and runners selling exceptionally well. Sale average was £77.60.
Small Breeder (Less than 180)
1stt J&W Bell, Highfield Sold for £150
2nd P&A Sowerby, Sandersons Croft Sold for £102
3rd JA Ritson, Baggra Yeat Sold for £125
1st M/S Allan & Sons, Greenhow Farms Sold for £350
2nd M/s Folder, Wescoe Farm Sold for £300
3rd AG & KF Nicholson, Swinside End Sold for £330
4th SW Mawson & Son, Highside Sold for £130
5th M/s Folder, Wescoe Farm Sold for £200
Jim Peet Trophy for the best run of lambs
1st J & W Bell, Highfiel
Mule – 350, 105 Greenhow Farm, 330, 155, 125, 122, 110 (x2), 100, 98 Swinside End Farm, 300, 200, 100 Wescoe Farm, 180, 115 Peter House, 150, 101, 98 Highfield, 143, 106 Stockhow Hall, 135, 118, 108 Low Kinmont, 130(2) High Side Farm, 130, 107, 98 Beechcroft, 125, 100 Baggra Yeat, 125 Chapel House, 122 Paddock Farm, 118 Low Stowbank, 115, 108, 100 Bell Mount, 112, 100 Kelmore Hills, 109 Cathow, 108 Howbeck Lodge, 103 Low Mill, 102 Segbushwell, 102 Wilson Parks, 102, 98 Sandersons Croft, 102, 99 Terrace Farm, 100 Burns Farm, 100 Low Snab, 98 Paddock Farm.
Leading flock averages:-
Messrs Allan, Greenhow Farm £106.04
T Trafford, Peter House £102.78
JT Davidson, Bell Mount £98.79
JH Critchlow, Paddock Farm £97.07
Messrs Folder, Wescoe Farm £93.86
J & W Bell, Highfield £90.71