29 January 1999

Trade patchy for Blue-faced ewes

A PATCHY trade for females at the Blue-faced Leicester Sheep Breeders Associations in-lamb sale levelled ewes at £55 and shearling gimmers at £49 at Carlisle.

Top call came from A V Caton, Skipton, North Yorks, for the only shearling gimmer offered from the Shafthill flock of J W Smith-Jackson, Haltwhistle, Northumberland. The ewe stood champion under judge Mr Brough and made 500gns.

An empty ewe lamb by a Riddings sire from the Nunscleugh flock of W &#42 and D A Gass, Bewcastle, Carlisle made 300gns to A R and A Matthews, Hexham. (Harrison and Hetherington.) &#42