I am now in my second year as Lazonby branch chairman and the time seems to have flown. The weather this last year was quite lively to say the least. The Beast from the East at the start of lambing, sheep and lambs being lost, not a lot of grass – then came the heat and what little there was soon burnt off and the rain came, resulting in an abundance of grass in some parts of the UK, though unfortunately not in the south.

The season began with Lazonby branch attending Scotsheep with sheep kindly supplied by Julie Brough creating a lot of interest. Also along with Kirkby Stephen branch we attended the Royal Cornwall Show with members coming home with hope for the autumn lamb sales.

Fat lambs began the season a very strong trade. Breeding sheep with lambs at foot also in demand. Lambs were presented for sale in good condition with buyers attending from far and wide.

Penrith District Farmers Mart LLP – Tuesday 26th September 2018, 9000 lambs at this sale averaged £80.25.

Judges were Richard Little, Low Moor Dyke and Bobby Hayton, Fell House with Trevor Foster, Rye Hill referee.

Sponsors were Eden Farm Supplies Brough Ltd and PFK Land Agency.


First and Champions winning the Eden Hall Farm Supplies Trophy and NEMSA Rosette – Messrs Lord West, Dowgill.

Second and Reserve Champions – Messrs W. M Hutchinson and sons Redgate.

Third – Messrs R.W and J.H Emmott, Wythop Hall.

Fourth – Messrs J. Nattrass Low, Crossgill.

Fifth – Messrs G.A and D.E Thompson, Howburn.

Harrison & Hetherington Ltd Lazonby Mart –

Thursday 13th September 2018

Juding the shearlings and then the lambs was Julie Brough, Clappers Farm. Sponsors were Brian Johnson Haulage, NewBreed UK and Murray Farmcare.


First and winning the Richard Hodgson Cup – Messrs J. J Armstrong, Croft House.

Second – Messrs J. J Armstrong Croft House.

Third – Messrs J. J Armstrong Croft House.

Fourth – Messrs J. J Armstrong Croft House.

Harrison & Hetherington Ltd, Lazonby Mart –

Wednesday 3rd October 2018

The sale average was £77.45 for 18,026 lambs. The show on the Tuesday evening was judged by Roger Greaves High Heskect and Janet Dunning, Settle with Eddie Bullman, Thornborough, referee.

Sponors were L.A Smith Livestock Scanning. Katy Edgar Outside Catering, A.W Jenkinson Forest Products, Carrs Billington, Dodd & Co, I’Ansons and Shearwell Data.

£110.00 was raised for North West Air Ambulance from the stock judging.


First and winning the William Armstrong Memorial Cup and Nemsa Rosette – Messrs K & H.A Ridley, Allenshields.

Second – Messrs W.M Reed and Sons, Lands Farm.

Third – Messrs W.D & B Thompson, East Unthank.

Fourth – Messrs F & M Moore & Son, Highside Farm.

Fifth – Messrs J.W Smith-Jackson, Hightown.

Sixth – Messrs J Lee, Morley Hill.

Th e late Jonty Stalker Memorial Cup for the best run of 60 or more kindly sponsored by Farmers Guardian ‘The Marts the Heart’, judged by Jimmy Telfer was won by Messrs G.R Wharton & Sons, Keisley Farm.

A huge thank you to Harrison & Hetherington for providing an excellent supper.

Harrison & Hetherington Ltd Lazonby Mart – Wednesday 17th October 2018

The third mule gimmer lamb sale met an average of £61.60. The pre-sale show was sponsored by Armstrong Watson, Davidson Feeds and D.W Toppin Ltd and judged by Matt Bagley, Askham Bryan.


First and winning the Mounsey Kidd Memorial Trophy Kilnstown Farms Ltd, Kilnstown.

Second – Kilnstown Farms Ltd Kilnstown.

Third – Messrs R. H & E. M Lord, The Bog.

Fourth – Messrs P. M & M Smith, Parson Shields.

A huge thank you to Harrison & Hetherington and Penrith District Farmers Mart LLP for their hard work and continuing support and also many thanks to sponsors for all their support at all the sales. I would also like to thank our committee members for all their help and support and in particular our secretary Kaylene Lord.

All the best for 2019

Philip Dawson