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To all Sales vendors and show goers,

Please be reminded that the shearing date is the 1st March NOT 1st February as was changed last year.

Holly Plant and Andrew Amor's Pauntley Oxford Down flock from Gloucestershire produced a great result for the breed at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair when a pure Oxford carcase from the flock took third prize in a native class with 31 entries. It graded R3L. This success highlights the Oxford ram's capability as a terminal sire.

Oxford Downs consigned to the Carlisle native breeds sale 2023 by Andrew Rutherford of Guards Farm, Gretna, Dumfriesshire peaked at £450 twice, for both rams and gimmers from his Langrigg flock.

There was strong demand for the gimmers and more could have been sold. Leading the females at £450 was a gimmer sired by the former breed record holder Billesdons Braveheart and which has been running with service sire Greenlands Garrosh. It sold to Jack Richardson to add to his Rose-Dene flock at Newton-on-Derwent, York. Another two gimmers went to the same home at £400 apiece.

Just behind the top bid was a £420 sale to Adam Atkins of Atkins Agriculture, Mason Green Farm, Halifax, West Yorkshire buying for the Mountainstorm flock.

Local breeder Matthew Tomkins from Hallsford Farm, Hethersgill, Carlisle, Cumbria took a further two Langrigg gimmers at £400 each to join his Hallsford Oxford flock which runs alongside a Llanwenog flock that is used to supply the Tomkins’ farm shop business.

Top price for rams was a £450 Langrigg shearling selling to Tom & Sue Lamb for the Fleetham flock at East Fleetham, Seahouses, Northumberland. This one is a son of Billesdons Braveheart out of a Langrigg Ranger ewe. Two Langrigg shearling rams made £300, firstly to Matthew Tomkins, Hallsford and the second crossing the Border to go for commercial work with Messrs Andrew, Newmills of Monkwood, Maybole, Ayrshire.

Sale Summary

7 gimmers sold to £450 and averaged £395.71

3 shearling rams sold to £450 and averaged £350.00

Overall, 10 head sold to £450 and averaged £382.00

Auctioneers: Harrison & Hetherington

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