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Carlisle Rare, Traditional & Minority Breeds Sale

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.
Champion White Ryeland shown by Margaret Hipps of Harrogate.

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 prices.

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 at £200.

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 Community Farm.

Longhorn £620, £560 (x2) Harelaw. White Park £480, £400 Raisin Hall. Dexter £480 Catra Farm. Highland £480 Burthwaite Croft.

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 Farm.
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 High Plains.
Shetlands £160 Sandy Way Farm, £130 The Rench, £100 Galloway House.
Leicester Longwool £150 Airyholme.
Badger Faced £130, £120 Greenside Farm.
Jacobs £260 Rowan Bank, £200, £130 Auldhill Road, £195 Suncroft, £150 Rectory Park.
Hebridean £70, £60 Bearslair.

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