After the ‘Beast from the East’ and a hot, dry summer the forthcoming breeding sales of the NEMSA Mule Gimmer Lambs was upon us with apprehension of what sale prices were going to be.

Hexham and Northern Marts held their Annual Sale of the Traditional “Tow Law” Mule Gimmer Lambs on behalf of the Weardale Branch of NEMSA with a catalogue of 5,810. Our judges for the prize show were David and Michelle Buck, Quarry Grange, who expertly judged and had eight outstanding pens to pick their champion ten lambs.

They had a very difficult task but after much deliberation and due consideration to all pens they awarded the Championship with the G.W Robinson Rosebowl and NEMSA Rosette to John, Steven and Andrew Reed, Lands Farm. The Reserve Champion pen went to Ian Potts of Redburn.

Third – M.J Lee of Harwood Shield.

Fourth – T.A Collingwood of Ambling Gate.

The best run of 100 or more was again expertly judged by Philip Dawson, Kentmere Hall and John Bell, Frosterley and they awarded the William Reed Trophy to R. and M.J Lee, Harwood Shield. Second – John, Steven and Andrew Reed of Lands Farm. Third – W.J Scott of Low Leam.

Lambs were shown as usual from all vendors in good bloom and credit must be given to them after the difficult season. The lambs were down by £10.02 on last year’s good average.

On Friday 28th September St Johns Chapel Auction Mart held their Annual Prize Show and Sale of Mule Gimmer Lambs. The show for pens of ten lambs (NEMSA members only) was judged by Henry Banbury from Devon and Trevor Foster from Wigton with Sarah Brockbank also from Wigton acting as referee.

After much deliberation the following prizes were awarded:

Championship pen of ten lambs from M&B Coulthard, Bridge End.

Second – C. Hodgson and K. Brooksbank, Hill House.

Third – J. Robinson, Ling Riggs.

Fourth – J. Bowes, Tunstall House.

The Runs of lambs were judged by Sarah Brockbank and Tom Carlyon from Wigton who gave the following awards:

First – (Lee Jameson Memorial Trophy) to J Robinson, Ling Riggs.

Second – M&B Coulthard.

Third – Crooks Altar Farming.

A catalogued entry of 2120 Mule Gimmer Lambs were presented and every credit goes to the vendors for their hard work and stockmanship. The sale averaged £81.26 (£2.75 down on 2017). Congratulations to both the mart venues on breaking their record price for a Nemsa sale.

I would like to thank the auctioneers and staff for the work throughout the year to make these sales a success.

Robbie Collingwood