Northumberland Branch were invited by the Blackface Sheep Breeders Association, North of England Branch and Hexham and Northern marts to take a joint stand at NSA Welsh sheep on the 16th of May down at Llwyn Bedw farm, Brecon. Alongside two quality pens of Hexham type Blackface sheep we exhibited three pens of outstanding Mules which were very kindly loaned to us by J Hunter and Sons, Steel Farm, Northumberland and H & J Patrick, East Hook Farm, Pembrokeshire. We were delighted to be awarded 1st prize for best breed stand at the event and we were very impressed by the amount of interest we received in our type of sheep. It was well worth the long drive down.

Next up for Northumberland branch was North Sheep at West Shield Farm, Tow Law on the 7th of June. The day before the event the weather was horrendous but fortunately it blew out and ended up being a good day for the event. Ourselves and Teesdale branch provided an excellent display of sheep of which Northumberland exhibited a cracking pair of Mule Hoggs with Suffolk lambs, kindly loaned by Joe Vickers, Rennington South.

Hexham 1st Sale The 1st sale at Hexham was next up for us. An outstanding show of lambs were presented before judge Mr Nigel Pennie, Powys. The lambs are shown in pens of 25 and the results were as follows:

Champion Pen – J Hunter & Sons, Steel
2nd – R D Archer, Carry House
3rd – M W & C M Ridley, Shitlington Hall

The ‘Stuart Ridley Memorial Trophy’ presented for the best run of 100 lambs was awarded to M W & C M Ridley, Shitlington Hall. We as a family were delighted to receive this award. #staystrongstu

The trade was considerably better than the previous year with most vendors happy with their day’s trading.

Hexham 2nd Sale The second sale saw another great run of lambs presented in pens of 10 before Judge Mr H Patrick, Pembrokeshire. Prizes were awarded as follows:

Champion Pen – A Carruthers & Sons, Peela Hill
2nd – R English & Son, Brownsleazes
3rd – J Hunter & Sons, Steel

Also this day the trophy for the best run of 60 lambs was presented to R English & Son, Brownsleazes.

Trade at the second sale was up again on the year for all lambs from tupping lambs down to runners.

I would like to wish everyone all the best for 2018

Kevin Ridley



Weardale Branch Report


The Weardale Branch made the short trip to Towlaw for North Sheep. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Philip Elliott for the loan of the Mule hoggs for the NEMSA stand. I would also like to thank everyone who helped with the stand on the day.


With the summer over the sales were now upon us. The first sale for the Weardale Branch was the original Towlaw sale held at Hexham on Thursday 21st September. There was a good show of pens of 10 put forward for Graeme and Gemma Common to judge. After much deliberation they awarded the prizes as follows: 1st and champion lambs were from W Wearmouth & Sons of Rose Hill, 2nd from W Reed & Sons of Lands, 3rd R & M J Lee of Harwood Shields , 4th T A Collingwood & Sons of Ambling Gate


The best run of 100 lambs went to: 1st R & M J Lee of Harwood Shields, 2nd K & H A Ridley of Allen Shields, 3rd I Potts of Redburn


The mart average was down £5-10 on last year’s high trade


A lamb was presented by T A Collingwood & Sons for Teenager Cancer Trust which went on to sell for £600 to A Cook & family. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody for their generosity on the day.


On Friday 22nd September at St Johns Chapel there was another outstanding show of lambs for Julie Brough and David Buck to judge. After studying the pens they awarded the prizes as follows: 1st and champion lambs went to W Reed of Lands, 2nd M & B Coulthard of Bridge End, 3rd M & B Coulthard of Bridge End


The Lee Jameson Memorial Trophy for the best run of 50 lambs or more was judged by Charlie and Margaret Smith. The prizes were awarded as follows: 1st M & B Coulthard of Bridge End, 2nd
W Morley & Son of Warden Hill, 3rd K & H A Ridley of Allen Shields


The sale was down £4-78 on the year


Our thanks go to those involved with sponsoring, breeding and purchasing the Mule ewe lambs from the Weardale Branch. I’d like to thank auctioneers and mart staff for their time spent. It was also nice to see John Reid and Jake Collingwood attend both sales after their recent accidents and we would like to wish them a speedy recovery


Robbie Collingwood