Well, how time flies when you’re having fun. What a great spring and lovely summer we had. I am sure we could all cope with a few more of them. On the 4th June, Northumberland branch along with Weardale and Kendal attended ScotSheep at Quixwood Farm Berwickshire.

Travelling up the day before, we thought, what a lovely part of the world and the way in to the farm looked so well kept and a lot of good stock on show. On the day – my god- it rained non stop, my 5 year old son and his mam were one of the few to go on the farm tour. He thought it was great, mam was not so sure returning half drowned.

On show we had a cracking pair of mule hoggs and Suffolk lambs from Joe Vickers, Renington South, which were in the all singing and dancing new centre pen and they looked a right picture, and a Northumberland Blackface and pair of Mule ewe lambs from R English and Son, Brownsleazes.

On 5th September the 1st sale was won by R.D Archer and Son, 2nd J Browell and Son, Quarry House, and 3rd M.W and C.M Ridley, Shitlington Hall. The sale average was down 60p on the year, but sellers and buyers were both happy. Second sale 19th September was won by R English and Son, Brownsleazes, 2nd A Carruthers and Son, Peela Hill, 3rd M.W and C.M Ridley, Shitlington Hall Sale, with the average considerably up on the year Mule gimmers at Hexham had been on fire two days prior, so trade followed on from then. Vendors and purchasers both happy and a good year for Northumberland branch.

John English