Mitchells Livestock Auction Mart held the Annual Show and Sale of Swaledale Rams. The sale was kindly sponsored by Mitchells Auction Mart with judging in the capable hands of Mr Graeme Whitfield. After some deliberation the Lawson Family Trophy for the Champion Swaledale Tup was awarded to the Aged Ram from Messrs JJ Hope, Branthwaite, Caldbeck. Reserve honours went to Messrs Emmott, Wythop Hall, Cockermouth.
A full ringside of buyers ensured that a solid trade prevailed ensuring a 93% clearance rate. The top price of £750 was paid for an aged Ram from IR&OM Wilson, High Beckside, Mungrisedale purchased by S Robinson, Bridge End.
1st R&JH Emmott, Wythop Hall
2nd M/s Cockbain, Rakefoot
3rd TA Pearson, The Faulds
2 Shear Ram-
1st M/s Cockbain, Rakefoot
2nd P&PI Walker & Son, Beechcroft
1st JJ Hope, Branthwaite Farm
2nd JA Ritson, Baggra Yeat
3rd IR&OM Wilson, High Beckside
Swaledale Rams- 750, 450 High Beckside, 420, 380, 320, 300 Baggra Yeat, 400 Wythop Hall, 320, 250, 220 x2 Rakefoot, 300, 220 Beechcroft, 300 Undercragg, 300, 250 x2 Chapel House, 220 Wescoe, 220 Hill Top.
A small entry of breeding sheep sold at strong rates to a top of £77 for Lleyns from Messrs Woodend, Tarn Cottage, Bootle.
Ewes- Lleyn- 77, 56 Tarn Cottage. Texel x Herdwick- 60 Tarn Cottage. Herdwick- 44, 34, 33, 30 Harrowhead, 38, 30 Skinner Street. Swaledale- 28, 25 Wilkinsyke.