Weardale

The Weardale Branch made the short trip to Towlaw for North Sheep. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Philip Elliott for the loan of the Mule hoggs for the NEMSA stand. I would also like to thank everyone who helped with the stand on the day.

With the summer over the sales were now upon us. The first sale for the Weardale Branch was the original Towlaw sale held at Hexham on Thursday 21st September. There was a good show of pens of 10 put forward for Graeme and Gemma Common to judge. After much deliberation they awarded the prizes as follows:

1st and champion lambs were from W Wearmouth & Sons of Rose Hill, 2nd from W Reed & Sons of Lands, 3rd R & M J Lee of Harwood Shields , 4th T A Collingwood & Sons of Ambling Gate

 The best run of 100 lambs went to: 1st R & M J Lee of Harwood Shields, 2nd K & H A Ridley of Allen Shields, 3rd I Potts of Redburn

 The mart average was down £5-10 on last year’s high trade

A lamb was presented by T A Collingwood & Sons for Teenager Cancer Trust which went on to sell for £600 to A Cook & family. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody for their generosity on the day.

On Friday 22nd September at St Johns Chapel there was another outstanding show of lambs for Julie Brough and David Buck to judge. After studying the pens they awarded the prizes as follows: 1st and champion lambs went to W Reed of Lands, 2nd M & B Coulthard of Bridge End, 3rd M & B Coulthard of Bridge End

 The Lee Jameson Memorial Trophy for the best run of 50 lambs or more was judged by Charlie and Margaret Smith. The prizes were awarded as follows: 1st M & B Coulthard of Bridge End, 2nd
W Morley & Son of Warden Hill, 3rd K & H A Ridley of Allen Shields

The sale was down £4-78 on the year

Our thanks go to those involved with sponsoring, breeding and purchasing the Mule ewe lambs from the Weardale Branch. I’d like to thank auctioneers and mart staff for their time spent. It was also nice to see John Reid and Jake Collingwood attend both sales after their recent accidents and we would like to wish them a speedy recovery

Robbie Collingwood