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Mule Gimmer Lamb Champions

L-R: Bobby Hayton, judge, Jo Edwards, PFK sponsor, David Stout, PFK sponsor, Richard Little, judge, Philip Dawson, NEMSA, Donna Thompson, EFS sponsor and John Lord, Vendor

On Tuesday Penrith & District Farmers’ Mart LLP held their Annual Show and Sale of 9,000 North of England Mule Gimmer Lambs. This sale was once again generously sponsored by Eden Farm Supplies & PFK Land Agency.

An excellent entry of Mule Gimmer Lambs looked very well on the day. Despite the slow start to the autumn sheep sale season regular buyers came from far and wide. Local buyers were also in great form after a strong shearling sale at Penrith earlier in the month.

Trade proved to be very pleasing, with a better than expected overall average of £80.25 achieved, down only £10.50 on the year. This compared very favourably with other northern livestock markets. A 100% clearance was had, which was outstanding considering other centres.

Topping the sale was the Champion pen from Messrs Lord, West Dowgill with ten outstanding, strong lambs, achieving £280, purchased by regular customers, Messrs Winter Bros, Clickham.

The early morning prize judging saw a quality gathering of show pens forward to this year’s judges Bobby Hayton, Fell Farm House & Richard Little, Low Moor Dyke, with Trevor Foster, Rye Hill being on standby as referee.

The following prizes were awarded:-

Show Results

1st and Champion (receiving the Eden Farm Supplies trophy) – Messrs Lord, West Dowgill sold for £280 to Messrs Winter Bros, Clickham, Appleby.

2nd and Reserve Champion – Messrs WM Hutchinson & Sons, Redgate sold for £240 Messrs TR & PE Little, Low Moor Dyke.

3rd – Messrs RW & JH Emmott, Wythop Hall sold for £120 Messrs TR & PE Little, Low Moor Dyke.

4th – Messrs Nattrass, Low Crossgill sold for £165 to Messrs Winter Bros, Clickham, Appleby.

5th – Messrs GA & DE Thompson, Howburn sold for £140 to Mr Geary, Yew Tree Farm.

Top Flock Averages (Over 100 Lambs)

Messrs GA & DE Thompson, Howburn – 120 Lambs to average £99

Messrs S & W Maughan, Street House – 250 Lambs to average £94

Messrs Lord, West Dowgill – 220 Lambs to average £92

Messrs A Johnson, Oddendale Hall – 150 Lambs to average £90

Messrs A & N Bennett, Hollins Farm – 400 Lambs to average £87

Messrs Fleming & Wilson, Low Mill – 150 Lambs to average £84

Mr JH Little, Bank End Mill – 200 Lambs to average £82

Messrs WM Hutchinson & Sons – 200 Lambs to average £81

Messrs WH Raine, Ravenwood Cottage – 180 Lambs to average £81

Messrs DH & EH Strong, Well House – 460 Lambs to average £80

Messrs Wood, Crosby Lodge – 250 Lambs to average £80

Mr J Armstrong, Croft House – 110 Lambs to average £80

Top Flock Averages (100 Lambs and Under)

Mr J Nattrass, Low Crossgill – 100 Lambs to average £92

Messrs WD & B Thomson, East Unthank – 85 to average £84

Mr GW Whitfield & Sons, Stow Bank – 100 Lambs to average £83

Messrs Whitfield, Low Nether Scales – 65 Lambs to average £83

JM & CJ Little, Pewter Close – 15 Lambs to average £82

Messrs JA & C Gibson, Longwell – 90 Lambs to average £81

Messrs Smith, Kelmore Hills – 50 Lambs to average £81

Leading Prices

Mule Gimmer Lambs – £280 West Dowgill; £240 Redgate; £165, £110 & £90 Shield Hill Top; £160 & £90 Longwell; £140, £114, £94, £91, £89 & £84 Howburn; £138, £130, £98, £92 (2), £90 (3) & £89 Street House (Maughan); £135 & £100 & £86 Ravenwood Cottage; £135, £97, £96 & £90 Crosby Lodge; £130, £106, £92, £88 & £86 Bank End Mill; £130, £105, £98, £96, £92 (2), £89 (2) & £84 (2) Waterside House; £129 Croft House (Armstrong); £128, £96, £92 & £88 Oddendale Hall; £125 & £84 Hegdale; £120 Wythop Hall Farm; £118, £106, £102, £100, £98, £87, £86 & £84 Hollins Farm; £118 & £89 Fog Close; £110, £98, £90 (2) & £86 (2) Well House; £110, £90, £88 & £86 Low Mill (Fleming & Wilson); £110 & £90 Dale Head; £108, £86 & £84 Throstle Hall; £102 Low Nether Scales; £100, £89 & £84 Old Parks; £96, £92 & £88 High Howe; £95 Mosedale End; £94 Skelmore Hills; £92 Sanders Close; £92 East Unthank; £90 Lunesdale House; £89 Scales Farm (Braithwaite); £88 Haresceugh Castle; £88 Nether Harsley; £88 Branthwaite Farm; £84 Burns Farm (Lamb).

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