Annual Lakeland Show & Sale of Herdwick draft ewes, gimmer twinters, gimmer lambs and other hill breeds. Also October Tup day, sale of breeding rams.

4th October 2019

On Friday 4th & 5th October 2018 Mitchells Auction Co, Cockermouth, Cumbria held the annual 2 day sale of Herdwick breeding ewes and rams. A highlight of the Mitchells Calendar, this sale continues to attract purchasers from across the country which in turn ensured a flying trade was witnessed for the largest entry seen for some time.

The Show was kindly sponsored by Jelf Insurance, Robinson+Co Accountants, Hundith Hill Hotel, Mitchells Livestock and T.W.Relph & Sons. Judging was in the hands of Mr Tony Temple, Blackhall. After some deliberation the Championship was awarded to AD&T Harrison, Brotherilkeld, Eskdale for their pen of Shearlings which later sold for £280.

The days’ trade was topped at £350 per head for a pen of Five Herdwick Ewes from R Wilkinson & R Tennant, Gatesgarth Farm, Buttermere selling to Corinne Siddall. The next top price of £300 was paid for a pen of five Shearlings from Anthony Hartley, Turner Hall, Seathwaite also purchased by Corinne Siddall.

The trade could only be described as outstanding from start to finish ensuring all vendors went home happy.

Ewes

1st           RR Weir, Chapel Farm                                                                    Sold for £115

2nd          AD&T Harrison, Brotherilkeld                                                      Sold for £100

3rd           AD&T Harrison, Brotherilkeld                                                      Sold for £85

Shearlings

1st           AD&T Harrsion, Brotherilkeld                                                      Sold for £280

2nd          Anthony Hartley Ltd, Turner Hall                                               Sold for £300

3rd           D&J Wilson, Anns Cottage                                                            Sold for £72

Gimmer Lambs

1st           CI Hartley, Barfield                                                                          Sold for £64

2nd          Sarah Stobart, Howbeck Lodge                                                  Sold for £72

EWES

Ewes :- Herdwick – 350, 210 Gatesgarth, 115, 110, 90 Chapel Farm, 110 Anns Cottage, 100, 85 Brotherilkeld, 95, 75 Little Cross, 95, 78 Deepdale Hall, 80 Anns Cottage. Mule – 61 Skelsceugh. Cheviot – 76, 63, 60 Stybeck Farm, 71, 62 Skelsceugh, 61 Mireside. Texel – 75, 72(2), 70 The Stable. Swaledale X – 56, 50 Thornholme. Texel x Herdwick- 62, 60 Scalderskew.

Shearlings :- Herdwick – 300, 170, 130, 120 Turner Hall, 280 Brotherilkeld, 88 Barfield. Texel x Herdwick – 78 Dale View Gardens.

Gimmer Lambs :- Herdwick – 72 Howbeck Lodge, 67, 60 Anns Cottage, 65 West Loch, 64 Barfield, 52 Luketon Stud.

RAMS

A good entry of Continental and Cheviot Rams was met with a good commercial ringside of buyers. Trade topped at £600 twice; firstly for a Texel Shearling from G Wilkinson, Arkleby House and then again for a Charollais Lamb from H Wilson, Swallow Heights.

Shearlings :- Texel – 600, 480, 380, 350 Arkleby House, 420, 340 Chapel House, 400, 380(5), 360(2), 340(2) Glen Hush, 400 Colstons, 380, 340 Swallow Heights, 350 Beckhouse. Charollais – 480, 280, 260 Swallow Heights. Dutch Texel – 380, 340, 300 Aspatria Hall. Cheviot – 420 Hill Top, 350, 260, 200 Taw House, 320, 280 Lanefoot, 240 Stonecroft. Blue Texel – 200 High Bewaldeth. Beltex – 280 Elva Plain, 240 Beckhouse, 200(2) Isel Old Parks.

Lambs:- Texel – 420, 360, 280, 240, 220 Crosshow Farm, 380 Summerhill, 300, 260 Chapel House, 200(2) Arkleby House. Charollais – 600, 280 Swallow Heights.

Aged Rams:- Texel – 550 Scalderskew. Charollais – 450 Scalderskew. Cheviot – 240 Hill Top. BFL – 220 Scalderskew.