The good fortunes of the sheep industry showed through in the trade for Swaledale tups at Hawes last week, when the 700 rams forward sold to average £1779, a rise of £347 on last year.
Selling for the top price at the two day fixture was a shearling from Mark Ewbank, Middlemoor, Intake Bonanza 1, when it made £52,000 on the first day of the sale. This one had been champion in the pre-sale show, having won the large breeders class.Second best of the day was a £45,000 sale for one fro Eric Coates, Butt Rigg Limelight. Then making £40,000 was one from W C Porter and Son, Reeth. This was the reserve champion from the day’s show.
Following that on the first day was a £25,000 sale for the best of the day from Messrs Brogden, while making £22,000 was one from W Richardson and Son. At £17,000 was another from Mark Ewbank, while another from Eric Coates made £16,000 as did one from J Allison and Sons.
Selling at £14,000 was a shearling from A D and P Coates, with P E and K A Sowerby selling at £12,000 and I Collinson making £10,000 of his best.
Trade on the second day was just as strong, with a top of £31,000 given for a tup from A and M Brennand and Sons, next best was the champion from the pre-sale show from C J and J A Owen, Ravenseat. This one sold at £28,000.
Then making the same money was the reserve champion from J W Dent and Sons, Naby. At £21,000 was one from M M and C L Whitehead, with G J and J M Scarr, Garsdale, selling their best at £20,000. R S and B A Harker, then sold at £19,000, while J M and S Tennant sold at £16,000. Messrs Harker then traded at £13,000 for another, while at £12,500 was one from T W and K Hutchinson, with T W Cowperthwaite selling at £12,000 and Messrs Harker and W Winspear both selling at £10,000.
Averages; First day 353 rams £1881, second day 347 rams £1675 (Hawes Farmers Auction Mart).