Display draws bids for crossing sires
THE novel approach to selling Blue-faced Leicester sheep – by penning them alongside their North of England gimmer lamb progeny – is the hallmark of Lancashire breeder Alan Barnes.
And his 10th sale again drew discerning north country Mule breeders to Great Harwood, Blackburn. Their quest for crossing sires from his Cowden flock produced a lively trade with three ram lambs making 2000gns apiece.
All were by rams bought from the noted Riddings flock. John Stott, Chipping, Preston paid 2000gns for a stylish lamb by the Riddings shearling bought for an £8000 record price at Hawes last year.
Two other ram lambs made 2000gns. Both were by a £5500 Riddings sire and went to John Throup, Silsden, Yorks.
AVERAGES: Two aged stock rams £971; 11 shearling rams £892; 47 ram lambs £1066; seven ewes £273; 10 shearling ewes £387 and 14 ewe lambs £432. (Hawes Farmers Auction Mart)