As I write my last report I reflect on the year and find it hard to believe where the year has gone, we did finally have had a great spring, summer and autumn. The grass has grown well and stock on the whole has done very well, a lot better than the last previous two years one might say.

Spring sales of Mule shearlings with lambs at foot, especially gimmer hogs with lambs at foot set off on a high which followed through to the back end of the sales. Teesdale branch members were invited to be inspectors at the Kirby Stephen NEMSA sale; Malcolm Dent, Martin Walton and Philip Dixon attended.

Branch members also attended Malvern and the Highland show. The Teesdale branch prize of a Shearwell Data stick reader was won by Mr Bill Metcalf and daughter Joanne of Barningham; congratulations to both. Thanks also to Mr Richard Webber for donating the prize.

Middleton in Teesdale

Then on to the gimmer lamb sales starting with Middleton-in-Teesdale on Tuesday 16th September 3,320 gimmer lambs averaged £89.36. Sponsers were Shearwell Data, Carrs Billington and Tithebarn. Judges Mr David Lee of Thirsk, Mr Nigel Baker of Carnforth and Mr Anthony Spencer of Stratford Upon Avon. They awarded the G.M Teward and sons, silver cup and the NEMSA rosette to: 1st J & K Metcalfe, Park House, 2nd J & SE Bainbridge, Dousgill, 3rd W.M & E Dent, Wythes Hill, 4th J & JC White, Rigg Farm.

Barnard Castle

Barnard Castle’s sale was on Thursday 18th September 3,600 gimmer lambs averaged £104.33. Judges were Mr David Lee of Staindrop, Mr Richard Hanson of York and Mr Stuart Richardson of Barnard Castle. They awarded the NEMSA rosette to: 1st J & SE Bainbridge, Dousgill, 2nd J & MJ Walton, West Shotton, 3rd JW Dent & Sons, Naby View, 4th J & K Metcalfe, Park House.

All members need to be congratulated again and again for the quality of gimmer lambs put forward at both sales; a 100% clearance. Lastly thanks to Rebecca, Marion and the committee members for all their help over the years, to both auction marts companies for their outstanding marketing and purchasers who attended our sales, and to the whole NEMSA association continued success. Finally good luck to Malcolm Dent on taking on the famous ‘hot seat’ as Teesdale branch chairman. M.R Wallace

Mark Wallace