[O]n Sunday 21st January Penrith & District Farmers Mart LLP held their third sale of Individual inlamb females and geld gimmer hoggs.
A wintery Sunday morning attracted buyers and on lookers from Northern Ireland to the south of England.
Quality consignments battled the snowy conditions but were rewarded with a full ringside of buyers.
The morning started with some high quality classes in the show, judged by some noted sheep enthusiasts and the following results were awarded.
Generously sponsored by The Lake District National Park and Murray Farmcare.
Judged by Mr D Harrison, Brotherilkeld Farm, Boot, Holmrook
Class 1 – Ewe
1st Messrs Lightfoot, Gillside (lot 115)
2nd Mr WS Jackson, Nook Farm (lot 122)
Class 2 – Gimmer Hogg
1st Mr WS Jackson, Nook Farm (lot 123)
Champion – Messrs Lightfoot, Gillside (lot 115)
Reserve Champion – Mr WS Jackson, Nook Farm (lot 123)
Judged by Mr M Curr, Bowderdale, Newbiggin On Lune, Kirkby Stephen
Class 1 – Gimmer Hogg
1st Messrs Lord, Hewgill (Lot 104)
2nd Messrs WM Hutchinson & Sons, Kirkby Redgate (Lot 109)
3rd- Messrs G & HR Shields, Skeughdale (Lot 99)
Champion – Messrs Lord, Hewgill (lot 104)
Reserve Champion – Messrs WM Hutchinson & Sons, Kirkby Redgate (lot 109)
Judged by Mr J Elliott, Oak House, Ravenstonedale, Kirkby Stephen
Class 1 – Shearlings
1st Messrs W Richardson & Son, Ghyll House (lot 136)
2nd Mr J Nattrass, Low Crossgill (lot 130)
Class 2 – Ewes
1st Messrs W Richardson & Son, Ghyll House (lot 133)
2nd Messrs PA & KA Sowerby, Oakbank (lot 125)
3rd Messrs A & M Skidmore, Flakebridge Farm (lot 131)
Champion – Messrs W Richardson & Son, Ghyll House (lot 133)
Reserve Champion – Messrs W Richardson & Son, Ghyll House (lot 136)
The sale topped at £3100 from Messrs W Richardson & Son, Ghyll House, Dufton with their reserve champion Swaledale Shearling got by the Bull and Cave scanned twins to the Valley Farm sire which later sold to Mrs Bainbridge, Oswalds Farm, Richmond.,
One of the highlights of the day was a new breed record for the herdwicks achieving £1100 from Messrs Lightfoot, Gillside, Patterdale with a three shear ewe which was sired by Turner Hall £5000 and scanned twins to a Stanley Jackson tup and was purchased by Mr J Benson, Harry Place, Great Langdale.
The Bluefaced Leicesters achieved a large crowd of local and away buyers with great interest from Northern Ireland £1800 being achieved on three occasions.
Firstly came the champion from Messrs Lord, Hewgill with a classy modern gimmer hogg K73 by H45 Hewgill which later sold to Slievegallion Blues, Draperstown, Northern Ireland.
Reserve Champion went to Messrs W M Hutchinson, Kirkby Redgate K50 got by G17 Marriforth with several men keen to purchase this hogg and spirited bidding achieved the 2nd £1800 price which was purchased by Mr S Bell, Ballynachinch
3rd Prize from Messrs G & H R Shields, Skeughdale K46 achieved £1800 this hogg was sired by H25 Hewgill and was purchased by a good supporter Mr J R Ireland & Sons, Stock Howe Hall.
Quality Texel’s sold to a premium with Mr J R Wharton, Galloper Garth selling to average £410 with a top of £750 being achieved for a 2 shear scanned twins and was purchased by Messes D F & A M Hodgson, Green Farm.
Geld Gimmer Hoggs
Bluefaced Leicester: £1800 Hewgill; £1800 Kirkby Redgate; £1800, £700 Skeughdale
Swaledale: £3100 Ghyll House.
Texel: £580, £320 (2) Galloper Garth; £380, £300 (2) Park View; £350 Yore House; £300 Nuncote Nook Farm;
Swaledale: £2500 Ghyll House; £500 Flakebridge.
Herdwick: £1100, £250 Gillside; £450, £350 Nook Farm.
Texel: £750, £380, £300 Galloper Garth; £350 Lazonby Estates.