Kendal Branch travelled to Scots Sheep at Duns, Berwickshire on a very wet day. Both inside and outside suffered the same soggy conditions, sheds with ventilation obviously work like colanders! A good display with the new NEMSA stand attracted a lot of interest.

The Kendal Branch supplied a Ewe with Twin Lambs, kindly supplied by Messrs Little, Helm Croft. Our Thanks to Mr Little and also Brian of Toadpool, Kendal, for his kind offer of Ewe and Lambs. Our next trip was to the opposite end of the country to the Okehampton show, Devon. A great day out, thoroughly recommended, whether we encouraged any more new clients to venture up north or not.

Now to the business end – On Friday 12th September 27 pens of excellent show lambs were put before the two judges, Mrs Linda Woodhouse of Pilling and Mr Michael Barker of Halton, with Alan Edmondson as referee. After much deliberation both the pens of 10 and 20 were won by Messrs Inman, Strickland Hill. Quite an achievement. Congratulations and well done.

Pens of 20 Gimmer Lambs

1st Strickland Hill Farming, Strickland Hill

2nd A & H Watson, Middleton Hall

3rd J A & C A Gibson, Longwell

4th J Capstick & Sons, Whicham Hall

5th P & A Fell, Castle Hill

6th J & J A Burrow, Thursgill

Pens of 10 Gimmer Lambs

1st Strickland Hill Farming, Strickland Hill

2nd R H & C Ayrton Ltd, Ouzelthorn Farm

3rd A & H Watson, Middleton Hall

4th P & A Fell, Castle Hill

5th J R & L A Capstick, Beckside

6th T Ayrton & Sons, Yates Farm

Sale day arrived with a wonderful show of lambs after the excellent spring and summer. Trade was good from start to finish resulting in an overall average of £96.27. Many of the vendors at this sale sell a complete run of lambs, from high lying hill farms. The Bruce Willison Memorial Trophy for the best run of lambs was won by J R & L A Capstick, Beckside. A popular winner, this was his last sale, as he is going out of Swaledales – he will be sorely missed.

NWA Lancaster held its annual show and sale of Mule gimmer lambs on Wednesday 17th September 2014 including many consignments of NEMSA lambs attracting many southern buyers as well as a good following of loyal local farmer buyers. Buyers were keen to buy powerful tupping lambs with plenty of demand for best sorts of running lambs. An overall market average of £97.46 was achieved.

My Thanks go to the Judges, Referee, Sponsors, North West Auctions and Richard Gardiner, Kendal Branch Secretary. Lastly a Big Thank You to all of the customers, old and new, who made the sale a success, I hope that you are pleased with your purchases and have a bountiful lambing time. We look forward to welcoming you back to J36 Kendal in September.

Jonathan Hodgson