By Philip Dawson
Another year has gone by - where does the time go! The season began with some of our members along with some members of Kirkby Stephen Branch going to the Royal Cornwall Show, returning with hope for the autumn gimmer lamb sales.
At the end of July Lazonby and Skipton Branches attended The Royal Welsh Show for the first time in a number of years with an excellent Mule ewe and her pair of Texel cross lambs on the stand creating a lot of interest.
There was an abundance of grass late summer into autumn with lambs presented in good condition.
Penrith District Farmers Mart LLP - Tuesday 24th September 2019.The sale average was £81.00 for 9,000 lambs. Judges were
Mr B McIntosh, Manor Farm, and Mr E Holiday, Cleamire, Wigton, Referee was Mr I Cantrill, Boundry Farm.
Sponsors were Eden Farm Supplies Brough Ltd and PFK Land Agency.
1st and Champions winning The Eden Farm Supplies Trophy and NEMSA Rosette - Messrs
Lord, West Dowgill
2nd and Reserve Champions – Messrs Lowis, Waterside House
3rd WH Raine, Ravenwood Cottage
4th MJH Little, Bank End Mill
5th S Allan and Son, Greenhow
Harrison & Hetherington Ltd Lazonby Mart – Thursday 12th September 2019. Judging the shearlings and then the lambs
were father and daughter team Mike and Marie Faulder. Sponsors were Brian Johnson Haulage, NewBreed UK and Murray Farmcare.
1st and The Richard Hodgson Cup – Messrs R.J. Bell, Scarrowmanwick
2nd & 3rd JJ Armstrong, Croft House
Harrison & Hetherington Ltd, Lazonby Mart – Wednesday 2nd October 2019. The sale average was £82.99 for 17,055 lambs.
The show held on Tuesday evening was judged by Eddie Bulman, Thornborough, and Mr J Vickers, Alnwick, with Mr D Buck,
Quarry Grange, referee. Sponsors were Shearwell Data, LA Smith Livestock Scanning, Katy Edgar Outside Catering, AW Jenkinson,
Carrs Billington, Dodd & Co and I’Ansons. £89.00 was raised for North West Air Ambulance from the stock judging.
1st and The William Armstrong –WM Reed, Lands Farm.
2nd & 3rd GR Wharton, Keisley Farm
4th F&M Moore & Son, High Side Farm
5th J Lee, Morley Hill
6th J.Reed, The Knarr
The late Jonty Stalker Memorial Cup for the best run of 60 or more kindly sponsored by Farmers
Guardian ‘The Marts the Heart’, judged by Andrew Geary, was won by J. Lee, Morley Hill. A huge thank you to
Harrison & Hetherington for providing an excellent supper.
Harrison & Hetherington Ltd Lazonby Mart – Wednesday 16th October 2019 - The third Mule gimmer lamb sale of 7. The presale show
was sponsored by Davidson Feeds and DW Toppin Ltd and judged by Mr John Ackerley. 672 averaged £75.01.
Lastly, a huge thank you to Harrison & Hetherington and Penrith District Farmers Mart LLP staff for their continued support and
hard work and also many thanks to all the sponsors and judges and referees for their support at all the sales. I would also like to say
thank you to all the committee members for all their help and especially our secretary Joe Bowman.
Best wishes to you all for 2020