This annual extravaganza once again attracted an enormous and
varied entry of sheep, cattle and pigs of over thirty breeds
plus a huge variety of poultry and waterfowl.
Champion White Ryeland shown by Margaret Hipps of Harrogate. The
ram lamb sold for £150.
In all sections quality attracted a worthy premium for the vendors. The
top price for a sheep was £660, being bid on a striking Kerry
Hill shearling ram – with two others at £600 & £500. The
Ryelands were again in consistently strong demand , seven making
over £200 to £270. Wensleydales peaked at £320
and the much sought after Whitefaced Woodlands peaked at £260
with eleven over £100. Three Shetland sheep made over £100
to a top of £160.
There was a great sense of realism amongst the sellers, who have had to come
to terms with the effects of the recent changes in subsidies and farm payments. This
is particularly evident in the smaller primitive breeds. Even so with these,
the top quality “breeders” animals attracted good prices.
In the Jacob sale the top bid of £260 headed a list of ten three figure
True to current form the entry of some forty pigs attracted great interest from
a pedigree Saddleback gilt with a pure bred litter of six at £340, to young
Tamworth weaners at £50 and served Gloucester Old Spot gilts and Tamworths
at £210. Berkshire gilts were up to £160 and Large Blacks £100.
The overall standard of cattle was mixed and trade was naturally quality related,
topping at £620 for a 2 year old Longhorn heifer.
The poultry and waterfowl trade was flying with six cages making over £100
with pairs of Hawaian female geese at £210 and a pair of Red breasted geese
Leading Prices –
Saddleback £340, £190 Beckside Farm, £100 Oakdene.
Gloucester Old Spot £210 Sunnyside. Berkshire £160, £130
Sunnyside. Tamworth £210, £150 Oakdene, £100 Bill Quay
Longhorn £620, £560 (x2) Harelaw. White
Park £480, £400
Raisin Hall. Dexter £480 Catra Farm. Highland £480 Burthwaite
Kerry Hill £660, £600, £500 Hillview, £300
Millmoor Farm, £215, £170, £150 (x2) Whitcastles Farm, £200, £190, £165
Thornship, £180 Lowick House, £150 Riggshield Farm.
Wensleydale £320 West End Farm. Ryelands (White) £270 Broomwell, £245
Wellside Croft, £220, £200 Suncroft, £220 Nettlesyke, £210
Carden Farm, £200 Easthill Farm.
Lincoln Longwool £110 Banklug
Oxford Down £200, £170 Guards Farm.
Ryelands (Coloured) £170
Oaktree Close, £140 (x2) Eckford House.
Whitefaced Woodland £200
Riggshield Farm, £160, £150, £140, £120, £100
Shetlands £160 Sandy Way Farm, £130 The Rench, £100
Leicester Longwool £150 Airyholme.
Badger Faced £130, £120
Jacobs £260 Rowan Bank, £200, £130
Auldhill Road, £195 Suncroft, £150 Rectory Park.
Hebridean £70, £60
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