On Tuesday 13th January 2015, The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart PLC, Longtown held its annual “Longtown Ladies” sale of 50 MV Accredited Texels females.
This sale was the first evening sale to take place within Longtown Mart, with a 6pm start and was a roaring success throughout. With the sale ring packed to the rafters, a buoyant trade throughout saw many prospective customers going home empty handed.
The MV Accredited Texels had a show of in lamb gimmers which was kindly sponsored by Wm Armstrong, Longtown and ably judged by Mr David Gray, Tima Flock, Lindean, Selkirk. There was also a trophy for the champion gimmer which was donated and presented by Harry & Irene Woodmass.
A fine class of 10 gimmers were forward with the champion eventually being awarded to Mrs Dunlop, Searigg, Carrutherstown, realising £1,300. This gimmer is by Stonebridge Tiger and is out of a Corbelly Mint daughter. She sold in lamb carrying a single to Clantibuies Vintage and now takes her place amongst Archie Hamilton’s Smyllum flock.
Next at £1,050 was the first from Messrs Renwick, Craig Douglas, Yarrow. Standing 2nd in the show this gimmer by Knock Treasure out of a Knock Ottis daughter sold carrying a single to Waen Undercover and was purchased by Messrs Fleming, Shoestanes, Heriot.
Also at £1,050 was a 3 crop ewe from Messrs Barrow, Greenwood, Wigton, by Swaites O’Sullivan out of a Cambwell Linchpin daughter, she sold carrying triplets to Eastfield Union and finds a new home with M. Radford, East Under Hurth, Forest in Teasdale.
Mr Renwick then received £900 for a gimmer by Ettrick Tam O’Shanter and out dam by Allanfauld Pharaoh, also carrying a single to Waen Undercover. She heads north to Mr Slater, Roadside, Orkney.
Archie Hamilton then recouped some of his outlay after his first from the Smyllum flock realised £800. This gimmer was by Crailloch Smirnoff out of a Drumpark President daughter. She sold carrying a pair to Craig Douglas Vanilla Ice and headed off to Messrs Lawson, Pasture House, Bolton Low Houses.
At £550 Mrs Dunlop, Searigg sold another by Stonebridge Tiger, which was twin to the champion gimmer. She also carried a single to Clantibuies Vintage and again heads to Orkney with Messrs Slater.
Two more followed closely at £500, firstly from Messrs Douglas, Yarrow, a gimmer by Glenside Showman 1 out of a Llyfni Robin daughter, sold carrying a single to Logie Durno T-rex and purchased by Thornbrough Farms, Corbridge, Northumberland.
The 2nd at £500 came from Messrs Darling, Birkwood, Lilliesleaf by Ettrick Top Notch and out of a daughter by Scrogtonhead Proclaimer, sold carrying twins to Douganhill Usain Bolt and sold to Messrs Collin, Intack Farm, Forest in Teasdale, Co. Durham.
Other principal prices:-
£480 Greenwood to Messrs Wightman, Coxhill, Maddisdon,
£450 (x2) Greenwood to Messrs Bewley, Southdene, Bonchester Bridge.
£450 Greenwood to Messrs Cunningham, West Hill, Mauchline.
£400 Birkwood to Messrs Pringle, Cavers Lea, Hawick.
£400 Sandilands to Messrs Fox, Windy Hill, Hethersgill.
£400 (x2) Harene to Messrs Brown, Kiln Cottage, Dalkeith.
£320 (x2) Shepherds Cottage, £320 (x2), £300 Searigg.
1st and Champion – Mrs E. Dunlop, Searigg (lot 19) sold at £1,300 to A. Hamilton, Smyllum.
2nd – S. Renwick, Craig Douglas (lot 60) sold at £1,050 to Messrs Fleming, Shoestanes.
3rd – Messrs Barrow, Greenwood (lot 26) sold at £450 to Messrs Bewley, Southdene.
4th – R. Darling, Birkwood (lot 63) sold at £500 to Messrs Collin, Intack.