CUNDALLS held its annual first show and sale of gimmer lambs and breeding sheep at Wombleton on Thursday, September 14.

On a typical early autumn day of sunshine and showers all the sheep looked well in the open pens.

There was a particularly high turnout of buyers in all departments with a

near 100 per cent clearance of stock entered.

The sale included a flock dispersal sale for Mr S Beaumont, of Bransby, who sold his Mule flock topping at £108 for one crop ewes.

Despite the uncertainty of Brexit and farmers acting with some caution, the overall trade was very satisfactory with all classes of stock similar to last year with the trade of the day being for the store lambs which averaged £63.20 some £2 up on last year.

The judges for the competitive classes were local farmers and supporters of the sale, Mr J Thompson, Glaisdale, Lewis Thompson of Fadmoor and John Story, Hunmanby.

The results of the shows were as follows:

Best pen of Mule Gimmer lambs, (The Peter Woodall Salver) was awarded to Breck House Enterprise Ltd of Bransdale for their outstanding pen which realised £150 through the ring and purchased by local producer Mr John Hardisty, Westerdale

Best pen of Mule Gimmer Shearlings (PF & K Trophy) was awarded to R Mortimer, Glaisdale, which realised £160 through the ring and purchased by GP Langfield, Trumfleet, Doncaster.

Best pen of Texel store lambs was awarded to C Sunley, Farndale, which realised £76 and purchased by messrs W&L Thompson, of Middleton.

The best pen of Suffolk x lambs was awarded to Mr D Wilson, Farndale and purchased by the judge John Story.

Full show results as follows:

Best Pen of Mule Gimmer lambs

1st Breck House Enterprises, Bransdale, sold for £154; 2nd P Broughton, Bransdale, sold for £100; 3rd S Beeforth, Chopgate, sold for £94.

Best Pen of Mule Gimmer Shearlings

1st R Mortimer, Glaisdale, sold for £160; 2nd PW & Ee Hardaker, Kirkbymoorside, sold for £152; 3rd S. Barker & Sons, Harome, sold for £146.

Best pen of Continental store lambs

1st C Sunley, Farndale, sold for £76; 2nd HD Featherstone, Farndale, sold for £73; 3rd V Readman, Castleton, sold for £69.

Best pen of Suffolk x lambs

1st D Wilson, Farndale, sold for £69; 2nd JW Hardisty, Westerdale, sold for £68; 3rd JM & M Richardson, Lastingham, sold for £66.

Forward on the day 4,092 breeding sheep and store lambs (a record number for this sale)

Texel x ewes to £81– J Wildsmith, Fadmoor; Mule Ewes to £108 – P Beuumont, Brandsby - average £62.81; Mule Gimmer Lambs to £150 – Breck House Enterprise Ltd – average £88.07; Mule Gimmer Shearlings to £160 – R Mortimer, Glaisdale – averaged £120.54; Texel x Gimmer Lambs to £94 – RE & BJ Potter, Farndale – averaged - £64.15; Suffolk x Store Lambs to £69 – DE & P Wilson, Farndale - averaged £63.74; Texel x Store Lambs to £76 – C Sunley, Farndale – averaged £62.41; Mule Store Lambs to £55.50 – D Wilson, Farndale – averaged £52.