Friday’s NEMSA sale of Mule ewe lambs at Kirkby Stephen saw the most electric trade of the autumn sales season yet, with a top price of £580 for the champion pen from Messrs Brown, Asby Hall. These sold to Ron and Fran Wilson.
But while the top of the trade was without a doubt one to be remembered the sale yielded an average which was back by £4.33 on last year at £110.68 for 11,167 sold.
However, that slight drop was to be expected with many lambs having had a harder spring and summer than last year and the shearling ewe trade stagnating at many sales in the south this summer.
After the champions the next top call was £505 bid for the fifth prize pen from Messrs Hutchinson, Kirby Redgate, with these bought by J Gate.
H W and M A Alderson and Son, Howgill Grange, then sold the fourth prize pen from the large vendors show to Martin and Valerie Brown, while at £300 was a pen from Low Dowgill.
Following them at £280 were the first prize pen from the small vendors show – the show for vendors of less than 200 lambs – with these coming from J Shields, Lythside and selling to A and R Little.
Messrs Hayton, Asvy Grange, then sold the third prize pen from the large vedors show at £250 to the Browns, while at £240 were the second prize pen and reserve champions from W and C W Dent which sold to F G Marshall.
Another pen from the Hutchinsons then sold at £225, with others from Lytheside at £210 and a pen from Messrs Brown, Asby Hall at £200.
Average; 11,167 ewe lambs £110.68 (Harrison and Hetherington).