Kirkby Stephen

Firstly I would like to thank our outgoing chairman Colin for all the work he has done in the past three years and for helping me settle into my new role.

The Cornwall Show was again the branch’s annual destination along with Lazonby branch to promote the mule and keep in touch with long standing buyers. The members who attended reported that the stand had been very busy with new enquiries and it had been.

Now this year has been one to remember for many reasons, the weather, Brexit, poor lamb prices to name a few! But farmers once again stand up to the challenge, adapt and become resourceful when their backs are against the wall. But I fear Brexit is a matter which is out of our hands, we can but hope those in charge make the right decisions for the future of the agricultural industry!

On that note our members must be congratulated for producing a good crop of lambs under such hardships. It’s a shame we weren’t rewarded for our efforts in the sales ring.

The sales average for Kirkby Stephen was £86.44 (-£16.62) quite a shock as we were one of the early sales but as the backend went on it was a trend that became the norm.

Show and Sales results 2018

The presale show on the Th ursday night saw 14 pens on display. The judges were Mr P Elliot, Mr N Dallas and Mr G Jackson was referee.

Class 1 – 10 lambs open to all vendors.

First & Overall Champion – Messrs H.R Hayton, Asby Grange.

Second & Reserve Champion – Messrs K.A Brown & Sons, Asby Hall.

Third – Messrs P.L & J Dawson, School Cottage.

Fourth – Messrs W.M Hutchinson& Sons, Redgate.

Fifth – Messrs H.W & M.A Alderson, Howgill Grange.

Class 2 – Confined to Vendors of 200 or less and members of Kirkby Stephen branch

First – Messrs I & P Brown, Oak House.

Scond – Messrs D.J & S Dixon, Hartley Castle.

Third – Messrs D Curr & Son, Bowderdale.

Fourth – Messrs C.R & M.J Birbeck, High Stennerskeugh.

Fifth – Messrs D & J.H Richardson, Croft House.

A very respectable sale average of £86.44 was achieved (-£16.52) for 11,677 lambs.

Thanks must go to H&H and their staff especially Mark and James for their auctioneering skills. Also to those who kindly sponsored the show, and a special thanks to our secretary Christine for all of her hard work.

Shearwell have yet again showed their commitment to NEMSA with their annual tag rebate and their donation of £500 vouchers, our branch winner was H R Hayton, Asby Grange.

Mark Jenkinson.