Hawes Female Sale 2011 Sale Reports

Hawes Female Sale 2011

22nd January 2011


Mr D Watson

Once again Hawes set new records for the Bluefaced Leicester breed, seeing the average for the females increase on the year and a new record price for a female too, with strong demand for the top bloodlines with buyers from all over the country descending on this Mecca of crossing Leicesters.

Topping the day’s trade was a cracking gimmer hogg by the Z14 Hewgill and out of a ewe by R1 Lunesdale from the Hewgill flock. She stood second in the pre sale show, catching the eye with her great skin and carcase, as well as an eye catching head, a very modern sheep. Frantic bidding saw Raymond Lund the auctioneer land the gavel at £8000 a new record price for BFL females, selling, once again, into Northern Ireland in a shared deal between S Laverty, Orra View and Robert Loughbridge, Orravale flocks, both from Co. Antrim.

The Hewgill flock produced the second top price of the day when a full sister to the tup lamb the Lord’s sold at Hawes last autumn to the Midlock flock, a Z14 Hewgill / M8 Hewgill cross sold for £5800 to A Campbell, Argyll. The Lords completed their day with a ewe by Z40 Hewgill carrying twins to the Z14 Hewgill for £2600 to Jimmy Bell, Cottage flock.

The Kirkby Redgate flock have built up a strong reputation over the years with their sheep, and again they were out to impress, taking the reserve championship with a ewe by the £11,000 Y25 Hewgill and carrying twins to A5 Gargareth. It sold for £3100 to Martyn Archer, Carry House, who last week dispersed his flock of traditional Blues at Carlisle to concentrate on the crossing types. The Kirkby Redgate flock also took 3rd and 4th prizes in the gimmer hogg class, selling to £1400 and £1500 respectively to complete a good day out.

Jack Lawson from the Hundith flock sold a daughter of the Y1 Midlock, which has been doing really well in the breed, for £3600. This gimmer hogg was carrying lambs to C1 Smearsett and sold to Ashley Caton, Otterburn Lodge.

Other leading prices saw a gimmer shearling from WA & A Booth, Smearsett carrying triplets to the £7800 C1 Shafthill sell for £2700 to top Mule breeder Neil Marston of the Highberries flock. Gordon Rawsthorne from the legendary Lunesdale flock sold a gimmer hogg by Z1 Swarthburn to A Wight Midlock for £2500.

It was a day to remember for Ian Cousins from the Rookby Farm flock, near Kirkby Stephen, who on his first outing at the sale saw a new name etched into the championship trophy as he took the red tickets in the pre sale show, judged by David Watson. The gimmer hogg, showed by 17 year old Will Wildman as Ian is recovering from knee surgery, stood top of a strong line and sold for £1400 to Mr Thornborrow, Peebles from the Dawyck flock.

Forward 46 Sheep Overall average £1233 (up £172 on 2010)
Gimmer Hoggs to £8000 Av £1449
Gimmer Shearlings to £3100 Av £1310
Ewes to £2600 Av £550

Gimmer Hoggs M/s Lord, £8000, £5800 to A Campbell, Argyll. J J & E Lawson, £3600 to A V Caton, Skipton & £1300 G Rawsthorne, £2500 to J Wight & Sons, Midlock & £1300. W M Hutchinson & Sons, £1500, £1400. C T & J E Willoughby, £1400, £1300. I R Cousin, £1400. W A & A Booth, £1400. A V Caton, £1000. C Wood, £1000.

Gimmer Shearlings W M Hutchinson & Sons, £3100. W A & A Booth, £2700 to N C Marston, Cockermouth. A V Caton £850, £700 x 2. Ellis Bros, £700.

Ewes M/s Lord, £2600. J C & N Throup , £450, £400. FA Caton, £420.


Ewes & Gimmer Shearlings

Placing Class Exhibitor Flock Name
1st Ewes & Gimmer Shearlings W M Hutchinson & Son Kirkby Redgate
2nd Ewes & Gimmer Shearlings J C & N Throup Chelker
3rd Ewes & Gimmer Shearlings Messrs Lord Hewgill
4th Ewes & Gimmer Shearlings A Caton Otterburn Lodge

Gimmer Hoggs

Placing Class Exhibitor Flock Name
1st Gimmer Hoggs I R Cousin Rookby Farm
2nd Gimmer Hoggs Messrs Lord Hewgill
3rd Gimmer Hoggs W M Hutchinson & Sons Kirkby Redgate
4th Gimmer Hoggs W M Hutchinson & Sons Kirkby Redgate

Bluefaced Champions

Category Exhibitor Type
Champion I R Cousin Gimmer Hogg
Reserve Champion W M Hutchinson & Sons Kirkby Redgate


Res Champion from Kirkby Redgate

Record Breaker Top priced BFL female sold at an Association sale from Messrs Lord Hewgill with Hewgill C66 a daughter of Z14 sold for £8000

Hewgill C67 - £5800

B37 Smearsett from WA & A Booth sold for £2700 to N Marston, Highberries

A88 Hewgill, carrying twins to Z14 - £2600

Ian Cousin with his Champion C18 Rookby Farm - sold for £1400

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