The annual show and sale of NEMSA Gimmer lambs at Kirkby Stephen Mart saw more than 9,000 lambs go through the ring.

The sale’s average of £105.06 spoke for its self and was a great achievement on the year due to the fact lambs in general were smaller on the year due to the harsh start they got in spring and the strain this had put on many farmer’s financially. All in all 99 active purchasers were in attendance from Thurso to Truro and resulted in lambs going into 20 different counties throughout the country, with over 110 pens of lambs selling in excess of £120.

Good runs of stronger tupping lambs were a flying, with many of these realising rates in excess of those obtained last year, with the smaller end of the running lambs being a more realistic trade than that seen last year.

The judging which was carried out on the Thursday evening saw two Mule sheep enthusiasts Mr Nigel Barker and Mr Anthony Spencer use their professional stockmanship eyes and judgement to place the champion pen of lambs from the 15 pens on show which were an outstanding level of quality.

The championship was finally awarded to Messrs Hutchinson, Redgate for a superb pen of lambs which went on to top the sale at £550 selling to Mr Jonathan GateOverall Champion Hutchinson Redgate. The reserve champion pen was given to Messrs Brown, Asby Hall’s pen of quality lambs which sold for £240 to Ron & Fran Wilson.