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Kirkby Stephen

By branch chairman Mark Jenkinson

Brexit was mentioned in my last report, but a year on we are still no closer to a decision. However life goes on as the seasons don’t stop.

As always the weather is unpredictable and spring came and went without too much of a hitch.

Then straight into the show season with our branch alongside Lazonby attending the Royal Cornwall Show, it was my first attendance

this year and I must admit it was a very positive trip. With many regular customers whom travel north to the sales coming into the tent

for the crack. It’s very important we go south to keep the mule at the top of their list for replacement stock.

Friday 13th (lucky for some) was the date set for our NEMSA gimmer lamb sale at Kirkby Stephen. 12,410 lambs on offer.

Topping the sale at £380 were the overall champion pen of 10 gimmer lambs and winner of the C. Jackson Trophy from Messrs Hutchinson, Redgate. The overall auction average was £82.28. (-£3.16) for 1,500 more lambs sold than the previous year.

Show and Sales Results 2019

Many thanks to the judges S Deeming, G Jackson, J Brough (referee) and pens of 20 judges R Graves and D. Clarke.

Pen of 10 Open

1st Messrs Hutchinson

2nd Messrs Brown

3rd Messrs Hayton

4th Messrs Dawson

5th Messrs Dent

Vendors of 200 or less

1st Messrs Richardson

2nd Messrs Curr

3rd Messrs Cannon

4th Messrs Wharton

5th Messrs Alderson

Pens of 20

1st Messrs Taylor

2nd Messrs Hayton

3rd Messrs Jenkinson

Thanks to our sponsors for their support. H&H staff as usual made the sale run smoothly with Mark and James at the helm.

Special thanks to our secretary Christine who keeps me in check. Shearwell once again supported NEMSA with this years £250 branch voucher being won by Messrs Hodgson, Park House.

Although the average was down on the year there are still plenty of people committed to the Mule as their breed of choice.

We need to keep on breeding quality Mule gimmers up here in the north that go on and do a great job keeping the Mule the frontrunner

for breeding consistent fat lambs around the country.

Mark Jenkinson.

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