After three years this is my last report as Chairman. I have enjoyed my time at Kendal Branch even though it has at times been challenging, especially this last 12 months. First we had the Beast from the East, then no grass, but the biggest must be the shortage of money. This was worrying for the back end sales not knowing how we were going to fare.

The pre-sale show on the evening of the 14th September was kindly judged by Mr John Capstick 18 lambs were put before him.

1st prize went to J.A & C.A Gibson and family.

Pens of 10 and 20’s were judged by Mr J Dickinson and Ms J Brough. Mr Adam Watson for the bestrun of lambs.

Pens of 10

First – R.H & C Ayrton, Ouzlethorn.

Second – A&H Watson, Middleton Hall.

Third – Messrs Hodgson, Rydal Hall.

Fourth – The Inman Family, Strickland Hill.

Fifth – J.A & C.A Gibson, Longwell.

Sixth – P & M.E Capstick,Whicham Hall.

Congratulations to the Ayrton family for winning the pen of 10’s.

Pens of 20

First – A & H Watson, Middleton Hall.

Second – JA. Burrow, Thursgill.

Third – J.A & C.A Gibson, Longwell.

Fourth – T.A.J Dixon & Son, Yoad Pot.

Fifth – P & M.E Capstick, Whicham Hall.

Sixth – S Butterfield, Low Mansrigg.

The first prize pen of twenty was awarded to A & H Watson winning the Jim Gibson Trophy and the same family winning the Bruce Willison Shield for the best run of lambs.

Lancaster Auction Mart’s annual show and sale of Mule and Continental Gimmer Lambs had a catalogued entry of 1500 lambs. The sale, once again, attracted a busy ringside of buyers from Northern Counties and Southern buyers present as well.

The pre-sale judging was in the capable hands of Mr Ian Lancaster of Clitheroe, who had a strong entry of a dozen pens of ten forward to cast his eye over. Congratulations go to R.H & C Ayrton, Abbeystead who were awarded the first prize rosette in the pen of tens. The first prize pen of twenty was awarded to W & A Cornall, Barnacre. The sale once again was well supported by local farmer buyers with many customers once again returning to purchase stronger tupping lambs with a strong trade for running lambs on the year with the shearling trade as it was. Credit goes to the vendors for the qualityof lambs at Lancaster with the dry summer maybe suiting the wet land of the forest of bowland more so than other areas.

Show Results

Judge Mr I Lancaster.

Pens of 10 Mule Gimmer Lambs.

First – R.H & C Ayrton, Ouzlethorn.

Second – A.C & K Pye, Dunkenshaw Farm.

Third – T Ayrton & Son, Yates Farm.

Fourth – W & A Cornall, Bank Farm.

Fifth – A & L Huddleston, Overhouses.

Pen of 20 Mule Gimmer Lambs.

First – W & A Cornall, Bank Farm.

Second – A.C & K Pye, Dunkenshaw Farm.

Third – W & A Cornall, Bank Farm.

I must congratulate the vendors for producing excellent stock this year. Our sale average was in line with the other markets. Lastly a big thank you to all at NWA Kendal Branch members. All the judges and sponsors my secretary Mrs Yvonne Willison and I would like to wish our new Branch Chairman, Stephen Dixon, all the best in the future.


Rod Dixon