A top price of 6000gns was paid for a ram when the Lleyn Sheep Society staged a split venue sale at Lockerbie and Carlisle due to Blue Tongue restrictions offering 4467 females and 124 rams.

 

The shearling ram was sold at Lockerbie from the consignment of Brian Walling’s Farmstock Genetics flock at Selkirk and was bought by Neil McGowan, Blairgowrie, Perthshire.

 

Norman Lawrence, one of the breed’s strongest supporters in northern Scotland, paid 4000gns at Lockerbie for a ram from the Ayrshire-based flock of vet David Alexander.

 

Dumfriesshire breeder Derek Steen accounted for a string of top prices in the Lockerbie shearling entry with E Jones, Machynlleth, giving £125 and £100 (twice) while J Sturrock, Castle Douglas, took shearlings from this flock at £95 and £90.

 

 

The Carlisle trade reached 3800gns for a ram from D N Bennett and Son, Meifod, Powys, taken by Derek Steen. E G and R Bulman, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, paid 2000gns for a ram from Hamish Goldie, Ruthwell, Dumfries.

 

Shearling gimmers from Simon Kavanagh, Bingley, West Yorkshire, shared the top female price at Carlisle making £150 to Messrs Bulman. This flock also sold at £140 to J Bowness, Settle, North Yorkshire, and £100 to Nun Appleton Estate,  York.

 

Shearling gimmers from John Page, Penrith, also sold at £150 to S Boow, Millom, Cumbria. Leading the ewe lambs at £63 were entries from Henry Nelless, Morpeth, taken by R Stratton, Warminster, Wilts.

 

There was a solid commercial trade for females at both centers with a noticeable increase in the number of hill farmers looking for tups for crossing.

 

Averages:  Lockerbie – 27 shearling rams £978; 291 gimmers £81 and 10 ewe lambs £44. Carlisle – 53 shearling rams £466; 49 ewes £49; 949 gimmers £75 and 212 ewe lambs £50. (Harrison and Hetherington).