Bidding hit a high of £65,000 when Swaledale tups went under the hammer at Hawes two-day sale.
Despite trade hitting this high note, it was not reflective of overall trade and cautious buyers meant the ringside took a while to hot up, with overall trade leveling at just £1,610 for 676 tups forward – down £158 on the year.
Leading trade was the reserve champion Blackburn Emperor, from local vendors John Thorpe and Mary Dawson. He is by the £26,000 Haltcliffe tup and out of a ewe by Frank Brennand. Buyers were Geoff and Carol Marwood, Long Green, with the Dawson’s retaining a share.
Second best with a call of £18,000 was Mossdale Kestrel, from Patrick and Kirsty Sowerby, Barras. This son of Catlow is out of a ewe by Aygill Bonanza. He sold in a three-way deal to GK Hird and Son, Smarber, R Hird, Romaldkirk, and R Tiplay, Penrith.
At the same money was Helbeck Flash 1, from the Brogden family, Helbeck. By the £30,000 Kisdon son he is out of a ewe by Ewbank. He sold in a four-way deal to David Allinson, West Briscoe, Robert Hutchinson, Valley, Andrew Harrison, Beck Head and Clive Dent.
Then at £17,000 and also from the Mossdale flock was the champion Mossdale King. Sired by the £50,000 Thomas Iveson tup purchased at this sale two-years ago, he is out of a ewe by Ewbank. He was bought by David Allinson, West Briscoe.
Also at £17,000 was Robert and Steven Clarkson’s third prize winner Swaledale King Kenny, by the £34,000 Bull and Cave tup. He was bought by Eric Wear, Hartsop, and Keith Ireland, Frizington.
The third tup at £17,000 was Oxnop Enterprise 1, from the Porter family. Sired by the £41,000 Aygill Enterprise he is out of a ewe by Sid Reynoldson. Buyers were Patrick and Kirsty Sowerby, Barras, and John Bland, Crowden.
The Brogden family, Helbeck, earned £16,000 when selling their champion Helbeck Unique, a son of the £20,000 Catlow and out of a ewe by Wilf Brogdens Prince. The successful bidder was Freddie Raine, Stanhope Gate.
At the same money was a Ewbank son from Ian Bell, Askrigg. He sold in a two-way split to society chairman Alan Anderson, Barras, and John White, Rigg Farm.
A final £16,000 bid secured Paul Ewbank’s fourth prize shearling by the prolific Aygill Bonanza and from Draymans. He was purchased by John Thorpe, Ken Whitehead, Thwaite, and Stuart Hunter, Hardrow.
Averages: 676 tups, £1,610.