Averages at Saturday’s sale of Swaledale ewes and shearling ewes at Kirkby Stephen rose by a massive £46.38 on the year to level at £128.11.
Topping the ewes on offer were the first prize winners from the pre-sale show, a pen from Messrs Skidmore, Wolf Cleugh. These sold at £300 apiece to M J and C Cockburn, South House. Then at £280 were a pen from Long Green, while making £230 was a pen from Coach and Horses, a pen from Garnthwaite made the same money.
A brace of pens shared the next best call of £215, the first from Uldale and the second from Barras. A large number of other pens also traded at more than £100, with the bouyant Mule lamb trade clearly having a strong bearing on the trade.
In the shearlings the best call was a £175 bid for the second prize pen from the show, these were from J Alderson, Barras, and sold to K Holmes. Second top was a pen from Hoggarths, while the first prize pen from B Walton, Goodlie Hill sold at £162 to P Dixon. (Harrison and Hetherington).