It’s show season at the marts, with farmers flocking to present the best of their breeds.
The 53rd Annual Association Show and Sale of Bluefaced Leicesters was held at Hexham Auction Mart on Wednesday, September 20.
The prize show was sponsored by Allflex UK Group, represented by Sean O’Toole.
Judge Oliver Scown gave all exhibits due consideration and made his awards as follows.
Best Shearling Ram: 1 TL Forster & Son, Lowes Fell; 2 J Herdman, Edlingham; 3 TL Forster. Best Ram Lamb: 1 DW Henderson, Burndale; 2 JA Murray, West Butsfield; 3 DW Henderson.
Best Female: 1 DW Henderson (ewe lamb); 2 DW Henderson (gimmer).
Male Champion: TL Forster & Son. Male Reserve Champion: J Herdman. Female Champion: DW Henderson. Reserve Female Champion: DW Henderson.
Overall Champion: TL Forster & Son (shearling ram). Reserve Overall Champion: DW Henderson (ewe lamb).
The Champion Shearling and Overall Champion was shown by regular consignors TL Forster & Son. He was 50/J21, sired by 3935/H10 Piel View out of a homebred ewe, sired by Lowes Fell C9. He was later sold at £1400 to Mr N Murray, Cross House.
Reserve Male Champion was awarded to a homebred shearling ram from J Herdman, Edlingham 175/J17, sired by 281/H2 Carry House out of a homebred ewe, sired by 1538/C2 Midlock. He went on to sell for £400.
The first prize Ram Lamb was awarded to Derek Henderson. He was sired by the 2814/J4 Street and sold at £350 to David Robinson, Hawksteel.
Champion Female and Overall Reserve Champion also went to Derek Henderson for a ewe lamb sired by 891/H3 Lower Down, which sold at £250 to Lindsay Carter, Lindowan Flock.
A good ring of buyers was present for the small entry and a sharp trade was obtained.