After a very mild winter with very little or no snow or frost much to talk about, ewes came through the winter in good condition and a lot of people had increased numbers of lambs scanned, having just the odd bad day or two at lambing. The summer seemed to deteriorate as it went on, making it a struggle to make silage with little, if any, hay being made.

Lazonby branch along with Kirkby Stephen again attended the Royal Cornwall Show with members coming home with optimism for the autumn sales. The fat lamb trade began with good prices being obtained and remained buoyant right through into the backend. Sales of breeding ewes and shearlings unfortunately did not begin as most of us expected. Lambs were brought forward in good condition and the sales attracted large crowds of buyers from both the north and south of the country.

Penrith District Farmers Mart LLP – Tuesday 19 September 2017                                        

Penrith Mart had 9000 lambs at their sale. Average was £91.50. Judges were Mr Peter Fox, Clitheroe and Mr James Winter with Mr Richard Little, Low Moor Dyke, acting as referee. Sponsors were Eden Farm Supplies, PFK Land Agency and Bluefin.

1st and winning the Eden Hall Farm Supplies Trophy and NEMSA rosette –  Messrs Lord West Dowgill
2nd Messrs G A and D E Thompson Howburn
3rd Messrs J A and C Gibson Longwell
4th Messrs W D and B Thompson East Unthank
5th Messrs H W and M A Alderson & Son Howgill Grange

Harrison & Hetherington Ltd Lazonby Mart – Thursday 7th September 2017

Judging both the shearlings and lambs was Mr Peter Burgess, Allendale. Sponsors were Brian Johnston Livestock Haulage and New Breed UK

1st and winning the newly awarded Richard Hodgson Cup – Mr R J Bell, Scarrowmanwick
2nd Mr J J Armstrong, Croft House
3rd Mr J J Armstrong, Croft House
4th Messrs R H and E M Lord, The Bog

Harrison & Hetherington Ltd Lazonby Mart – Alston Moor Sale
Wednesday 27th September 2017

The sale average for 19,621 lambs was £91.77.

The show on the Tuesday evening saw 19 pens of top quality lambs put before judges; Joanne Harrison, Gretna and Denise Elliot, Mungrisdale.

The referee was Mr Roger Graves High Hesket. £130.00 was raised from the stock judging and presented to the North West Air Ambulance.

1st and winning the William Armstrong Memorial Cup –  Messrs P L and J Dawson School Cottage
2nd Messrs K and H A Ridley Allenshields
3rd Messrs J Lee Morley Hill
4th J W Smith-Jackson Hightown
5th P M and P Smith Parson Shields
6th Messrs J Lee Morley HILL

A huge thank you to the sponsors L A Smith Livestock Scanning, Katy Edgar Outside Catering,
A W Jenkinson Forest Products, Tithebarne, Dodd & Co, I’Ansons, Shearwell Data and
Carrs Billington.

The late Jonty Stalker Memorial Trophy for the best run of 60 or more kindly sponsored by Farmers Guardian the Marts the Heart was won by Messrs Watson Sanders Close.

A big thank you to Harrison and Hetherington for providing an excellent supper.

Harrison & Hetherington Ltd Lazonby Mart – Wednesday 11th October 2017 

The annual third mule gimmer lamb sale met an average of £77.15.

The pre-sale show was kindly sponsored by Armstrong Watson, Davidson Animal Feeds and D W Toppin Ltd and judged by Mr Brian Herworth Hamsterley

1st and winning the Mounsey Kidd Memorial Trophy Messrs PM and P Smith, Parson Shields
2nd Kilnstown Farms Ltd Kilnstown
3rd Messrs P M and P Smith Parson Shields
4th Mr. R J Bell Scarrowmanwick

Once again a huge thank you to Harrison & Hetherington and Penrith District Farmers Mart LLP for all their hard work and continuing support. I would also like to thank our committee members for their support, help and advise during my first year as chairman and in particular Kaylene Lord our secretary. All the best for 2018.

Philip Dawson