The annual prize show and sale of 180 Swaledale rams on behalf of the Swaledale Sheep Breeders Association ‘A’ District, released a brisk trade, reported auctioneers Harrison and Hetherington.

The shearling average rose on the year by £61.50 to level at £504.13 for 6 more sold. Aged Rams averaged £323.33 (-£118.55) and Ram Lambs returning to the sale after a number of years met a total clearance to average £143.33

Leading Prices:

Aged Rams

£420 Bollihope Shield; £400 Cronkley, The Pry, Ettersgill House

Ram Lambs

£180, £150, £100 Watgarth

Shearling Rams

£4,000 Beverley Cottage; £4,000, £1,800 Grains O Beck; £3,800 Valley Farm; £2,600, £900, £750, £700 Hunt House; £2,200 Gill Field; £2,100 Bowlees; £2,000, £900 West Briscoe; £2,000, £1,600 Stanhope Gate; £1,700 Rigg Farm; £1,200 (x2) Old Spital Farm; £1,200, £900 Toft House; £1,100, £900 Lane Head (Bentley); £1,000 Low Nook; £950 Lane Head (Wallace); £800 Hield House; £750 Blunt House; £700 Wythes Hill