Hawes tup sale tops 38,000gns

The two-day annual sale of Swaledale tups at Hawes (28 & 29 October) saw some frantic bidding and a top price of 38,000gns.

Altogether 26 tups hit the five-figure mark and averages rose £290 on the year to £2,322.  

Sale leader was Fawcett’s Cowboy from Graham Scarr, Garsdale.

He was sired by the £14,000 Aygill Imperial bought back in 2015 and out of a Helbeck sired ewe. Taking Cowboy home was a trio of breeders: Trevor Blades, Bobby Blades and John Bradley.

Fawcetts Cowboy

© Wayne Hutchinson

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The underbidders, Jack and Tom Buckles, from Kirkby Stephen, bought the next tup into the ring, Fawcetts Cavalier, by a different Aygill out of a ewe by the £34,000 Bull and Cave. This one was knocked down for £16,000.

Second highest price of the day of £34,000 was paid for a much-anticipated shearling West Briscoe Rocker from father and son team, David and Michael Allinson.

He is sired by a £1500 Mark Ewbank and out of a gimmer shearling by a £14,000 Summers Lodge. Buyers were Craig Ridley from Haltcliffe, Richard Harker and Richard Hargreaves.

West Briscoe Rocker

© Wayne Hutchinson

Richard Harker and Richard Hargreaves also paid £30,000 for the pen leader from Robert Wear, Patterdale. He is by the £86,000 Stonesdale tup and out of a ewe by a homebred tup.

At the same money was Aygill Noble, from Alan and son Steven Coates, Swaledale.

He is by a Stonesdale tup and out of a Skidmore dam. He was bought in a two-way share between the Shepherds Lodge and Gillfield flocks, with Aygill retaining a share.

Aygill Noble

© Wayne Hutchinson

(Hawes Farmers Auction Mart)