Friday’s sale of Swaledale tup at Middleton in Teesdale for the Swaledale Sheep Breeders Association A District saw a top call of £4000 paid twice and the shearling tups meeting a brisk trade to end the day with an average up by £61.50 at £504.13.
First to take the day’s top price was a shearling from F and K C Stobart, Grains O Beck, which had been reserve champion in the pre-sale show and first prize shearling in the large breeders show. He sold to G D and J P Nelson
The other at this money was the second prize shearling from the small breeders class from J McLaughlin, Beverley Cottage. Taking him home were S and K Emmott.
Then at £3800 was the third prize shearling from the large breeders class from R Hutchinson and Son, Valley Farm. This one was bought by R and H Wearmouth.
At £2600 was one from M Graham, Hunt House, with the overall champion from R Hird, Gill House, making £2200 when joining G D and J P Nelson.
Following him at £2100 was one from A M Walton, Bowlees, which went to J Hope, while at £2000 was the day’s best confirmation ram from C R Raine and Son, Stanhope Gate. He was knocked down to R N and I M Beaty.
The auctioneers report trade being brisk until late in the sale, with aged rams levelling at £323.33 and ram lambs at £143.33 (Harrison and Hetherington).