On writing my first Chairman’s report, I reflect on the past year with probably one of the worst lambing times seen for a long time, followed by one of the driest summers which in turn had a knock on effect for the back end Gimmer lamb sales. Where bigger tupping lambs were easier to sell but smaller running lambs struggled and this had an effect on Sale averages.


We started with Middleton in Teesdale on Wednesday 19th September 2018. The prizes for a pen of ten lambs were as follows:

First – J & K Metcalf & Son.

Second – M.W & E Dent.

Th ird – J.C & J White.

Fourth – J.E & A.J Mitchell .

Th e average for this sale was £72.90 which was down £12.81 on the previous year.

Barnard Castle Sale was on Thursday 20th September 2018. The prizes were as follows:

First – J & K Metcalf & Son.

Scond – J & S.E Bainbridge.

Th ird – J & K Metcalf & Son.

Fourth – M.W & E Dent.

Th e average for this sale was £90.27 down £13.53 on the previous year.

I would like to thank all the sponsors for both Sales. I would also like to thank Barnard Castle Farmers Auction Mart and Harrison & Hetherington at Middleton Auction Mart for all their hard work, bringing the sales together and to all who purchased lambs from our sales. Here’s hoping for a better 2019.

Mr P Dixon