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West Cumbria

By branch chairman Chris Walton

Writing my first report after taking over as Chairman from John Ritson. I’d like to thank John for all the time and work he put into the job

over the last three years. As I write we have just scanned our ewes to the BFL tups and they seem to have scanned heavy in lamb and talking to others the trend seems to be the same, so let’s hope for a kind spring.

Our autumn sales showed a slight increase in the average prices, especially for the runner type of lambs. Talking to a lot

of the buyers at the autumn sales they are looking for a thicker bodied lamb with darker faces, maybe we should be focusing

more on confirmation rather than face colour.

Results for 2019

Longtown (17.09.19) Judge: Jimmy Sinclair.

Ex Northumberland Blackface.

1st A Carruthers and Sons, Peela Hill

2nd RW&SD Flintoff, Sourhope.

3rd Wanwood & Partners, Wanwood Hill.

Ex Swaledale

1st JP Lee, Morley Hill.

2nd M Smith, Mount Farm.

3rd WH&DA Gass, Nunscleugh.

Hopes Auction Co, Wigton (18.09.19). Judges: David Mattinson and Norman Bowe. 2,580 lambs averaged £74.56

1st J. Lee and Sons, Morley Hill.

2nd Messrs Pears, Fellside.

3rd Messrs Ridley, Woodhall.

Harrison and Hetherington, Carlisle (19.09.19) Judges: William Hird and David Mattinson. 5,235 lambs averaged £83.82

1st & 2nd F&M.Moore & Son, Highside.

3rd Kilnstown Farms, Kilnstown.

Mitchells Auction Co, Cockermouth (20.09.19). Judges: Mr Norman Story and Mr Allan Collett 10,415 lambs averaged £77.60

1st Messrs Allan & Son, Greenhow.

2ndMessrs Folder, Wescoe.

3rd AG&KF Nicholson, Swinside.

Our thanks go to the judges, referees, sponsors and all the auction marts and staff for all their hard work and time they put into making the sales a success. A big thank you to all the customers for supporting our sales and we hope to see you all in the Autumn of 2020.

Lastly, thanks to our branch secretary Christina Coulthard for keeping things running smoothly.

Chris Walton

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