Sale Report for Carlisle In-Lamb Sale on November 18, 2022
Local Lass Leads The Way
Despite attracting entries from the top of Scotland to the tip of England (and all points in-between), the Carlisle in-lamb sale was topped by a stunning ewe lamb produced by Gillian & Tom Blamire, Mid Whinnow, 8 miles down the road, proving it’s often best to buy local!
Whinnow Kasey stood at the head of a strong class of ewe lambs in the pre-show sale, then went one better by being tapped out as Champion and rounding off a very good day by topping the sale at 1900gns. She’s got a longer journey to her new home with Ben Stayt, Statesman flock, in Gloucestershire. The Blamires then broke the 4 figure barrier again with another lamb out of an excellent pen, lot 142, Whinnow Karla, the 4th placed ewe lamb, realising 1000gns and who’s gone north to Darlington with Messrs Metcalfe.
The reserve champion, Joyfield Just A Tease, a shearling ewe out of Joyce & Neil Millar’s flock, achieved the second highest price of the day when Carmine Brandi paid 1500gns for her to join his Lassodie Mill flock in Fife. She was chased home pricewise by Barmurrie Juliet, out of Gillian Smith’s pen, the 2nd placed shearling ewe, when Deborah Soulsby came all the way up from Surrey to snap her up for 1300gns.
Aged ewes had a brisk trade with section joint top price of 500gns being paid for Craigies Humbug, out of another strong pen of sheep, produced by Stuart Craig. She won the aged ewe class and the judge, David Miskelley, liked her so much, he was the last bidder in for her. Also realising 500gns was lot 18, Brookdene Helen, consigned by breeder Raymond Heigh and joining the Craigies flock of Stuart.
Second placed ewe, Liverton Hawthorn, achieved the section’s third highest price of 450gns for breeders John and Alison Stevenson, and she is away with Steven and Nicola Hodgson, North Yorkshire.
3 ewes all achieved 400gns – lot 6, Ardanbeag Grapefruit, consigned by a relatively new breeder Katie Flynn, and bought by Andrew Bateman, Kendal, lot 7, Craigies Gabrielle, away all the way to Cornwall with Matt Dodds and lot 10, Craigies Her Nibs, joining Gabrielle in Cornwall, rounding off a good day at the office for Stuart Craig.
In the shearling ewe section, 2 other ewes made 4 figures – lot 27, Brookdene Jubilee, out of Raymond Heigh’s pen, was sold to Kathryn Cowin, South Lanarkshire and lot 82, Fin’s View Jetsetter, this one consigned by Harry Preston, and also away with Kathryn to keep Jubilee company. Both girls made 1000gns and stood 4th & 5th respectively in the show.
900gns secured lot 85, Clarewood Jadore, standing 6th in the show and bred & consigned by Thomas & Charlotte Critchley, who was bought by Colin & Helen Duffy, Stranraer and 820gns was paid by Tom & Gillian Blamire for lot 40, Craigies Just Gold, 3rd placed in the show, and another great sheep produced by Stuart Craig.
Ewe lambs were in next and the first lot in, lot 94, Wallacetown Kayah, second in the show ring, followed her victor to Ben Stayt’s flock. 900gns secured her, the only sheep entered by breeders Sam & Colin Rae, proving you don’t need quantity to achieve quality. The same figure was paid for the 5th placed ewe lamb, lot 159, Joyfield Kesha, by the Millars, and away with J & J Graham, Dumfries. Lot 117, Craigies Klass Act, lived up to her name by achieving 750gns, and going along the road with Caroline Anderson, Wallridge Moor.
The sale was rounded off by a very strong pen of 6 non-mv aged ewes, all consigned by W & R Carmichael. They all sold for 150gns each, a very even price for a very even pen.
Aged ewes – 20 sold @ 315gns
Shearling ewes – 45 sold @ 447gns
Ewe Lambs – 52 sold @ 313gns
Non-MV Aged ewes – 6 @ 150gns
Report submitted by Anne Robinson