West Cumbria


West Cumbria Branch continues to grow with new members year on year. Covering an area from the North and West Lakes right up to the Scottish Borders and selling at four competing auction marts, it’s pleasing to see that the quality of gimmer lambs is good throughout.

Our weather in 2017 was very testing, winter was mainly wet which continued right through lambing. It dried up a bit in May and June then in July the rain started and it never stopped. Credit must be given to all vendors presenting lambs in tip top condition as the rains continued right through the sales period. Prices were on a par with last year or slightly down.

Here are our sales results for 2017 starting Tuesday 12th September at CD Auctions Longtown – Judge James Latimer 4600 averaged £89

Ex Northumberland Blackface ewe
1st A Carruthers, Peela Hill
2nd J Anderson, Rowanburnfoot
3rd Wanwood Partners, Wanwood Hill.

Ex Swaledale Ewe
1st J T James, Mid Todhills
2nd R and V Telford, High Parkfoot
3rd K Hall, Brampton.

Champion A Carruthers, Peela HIll

Next Day Wednesday 13th September at Hopes Auction Co, Wigton 3500 lambs averaged £92.
Judges were Ian Lancaster and Sarah Brockbank.

1st J T Davidson, Belmount, 2nd Messrs Ridley, Woodhall, 3rd Messrs Pears, Fellside House

On Thursday 14th September at Harrison and Hetherington, Carlisle, the judges were Mr T Foster and Mr D Mattinson with Mr E Holiday Jnr as referee. 5000 lambs averaged £102.69

1st Messrs Moore, Highside, 2nd T P Wigham, Hargill House, 3rd JW Smith Jackson, Hightown.

Finally on Friday 15th September at Mitchells Auction Co, Cockermouth, judges were Mr R Sizmur and Mr E Holliday Jnr with referee Mr R Ogg. 10,600 lambs averaged £90.91

Small Breeders
1st GL Hutton, Setmabanning, 2nd P Sowerby, Langton Field, 3rd JR and JA Wharton, Segbushwell

Large Breeders
1st A and K Nicholson, Swinside End, 2nd Messrs Allan and Sons, Greenhow, 3rd Messrs Faulder, Wescoe

Overall Champion A and K Nicholson, Reserve Champion Messrs Allan and Sons.

Thank you to sponsors Shearwell Data for the £500 voucher which this year was won by Messrs N W Graham, Tortolocote, also to Animax for their continued support which is very much appreciated. Thanks to our judges, sponsors and auction marts and their staff for making sale days run so smoothly.

Thank you to Hannah Place our branch secretary and to our committee members who travel to events up and down promoting the North of England Mule.

John Ritson, chairman West Cumbria Branch