Superb entries made show judging tough

Scots Gap Mart (Hexham and Northern Marts) Champion pen of Mule Gimmers from James Herdman Edlingham Newtown (right) with judge  Mr Philip Dickinson, Rugley Walls, Cambo (left) sold for �170 per head to the judge
Scots Gap Mart (Hexham and Northern Marts) Champion pen of Mule Gimmers from James Herdman Edlingham Newtown (right) with judge Mr Philip Dickinson, Rugley Walls, Cambo (left) sold for �170 per head to the judge
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Scots Gap Auction Mart held its annual prize show and sale of mule and other gimmers, warranted ewes and breeding cattle.

Hexham and Northern Marts offered 1,130 head of top quality breeding sheep and cattle. The show was sponsored by John Warren ABP, Cox Agri and Minsups, and was judged by Mr Philip Dickinson, Rugley Walls, Cambo.

From a super entry of top drawer mule gimmers the Joe Arthur Memorial Trophy went to a great pen of bonny coloured sorts with power and tremendous skins to James Herman, Edlingham Newtown.

Another smart pen from the Catcherside consignment took the Reserve Champion rosette for Ian, Betty and Nicholas Scott, and third prize went to Ian and Anne Hamilton, Claywalls.

An alley full of Suffolk crosses tested the judge. The prizes were: 1 J&D Longland, Tone Hall; 2 WA Robson, Middle White Hill; 3 I&A Hamilton, Claywalls.

The sale commenced and while the majority of first pens sold well, bidders for sheep ‘further down the cut’ were in short supply.

The champion pen topped the sale at £170 per head to the judge, followed by another at £165 from Messrs Potts, Doe Hill and Catcherside’s second prize winners at £160.

Breeding cattle from Messrs Foley Bros, Mirlaw House, peaked at £2,350 for a great Limousin cross first calved heifer with a three quarter bred steer calf at foot to Libby Bertram, Coldwell.