A packed ringside at Carlisle, despite not hitting the high notes of last year’s sale, saw two gimmer hoggs sell for 4,800gns. The first was from Tom Willoughby’s Penhill flock based in Redmire, Wensleydale. This modern sheep was by the £5,000 E29 Midlock, and out of a ewe by Z4 Hundith. The hammer dropped to Julie Lee, Frosterly, Co Durham. The Penhill flock also took a bid of 3,000gns for another gimmer hogg by another Midlock and out of a ewe by B4 Hundith, selling to Crow Hall Farms, Northumberland.

The second lamb at this money was Richard Hutchinson’s 4th prize hogg by D17 Hewgill, and out of a ewe by W1 Keer. Richard Harker, Grayrigg Hall was the final bidder.

The days Champion, judged by the father and son Melvyn and Kevin Ridley, Shitlington, Hexham was a lamb from the Hewgill flock, completing a double for them after winning at Hawes over the weekend, with another hogg of the same breeding, by E47 Hewgill and out of a Z14 ewe. Their hogg attracted much interest, selling to joint bidders Ben Wight, Midlock and Neil Barclay, Insch for 4,400gns.

Pen topper for the Midlock flock was the days reserve Champion by E25 Midlock and out of a ewe by Z35 Midlock. She was carrying triplets to G3 Midlock G-Mac. JK Hunter, Wedderburn, Huntly was the final bidder, forking out 4,000gns.

152 sheep, £1035.08 (Harrison and Hetherington)