Ludlow August 27th
It was great to see so many familiar and new faces at the sale. Luckily for me Jackie Armstrong from Haydon Bridge [Hadrians Wall] traveled with me.from Northumberland.Despite being a long-time breeder it was her first time at the Flock Book Show and Sale. She maintains she had a good time [despite the dodgy beefburger in the dark whilst camping] and it was a boon to me to have an extra pair of hands. I’m always in a flap and Jackie was a calming influence. I still managed to let L.Nesta escape during showing! Prices for ewes were pretty average ;
L.Nesta – Champion ewe 205gns
L.Nellie – 3rd in the ewe class 185gns
Nesta and Nellie went with Roger Fleetwood to join Lilypad and Laura from last year
Coloured Ryeland ewe lamb prices were averaging 180gns with a smart and well grown example from the Malt Kiln flock fetching 370gns; 19 of the 32 rams in the catalogue[including r.lambs] were forward and sold, and averaged 150gns. A new coloured Ryeland record was set by Montgomery Noble who was sold to Linda Coleman for 520gns
With coloured Ryelands selling first, Jackie and I were able to set off sharply and I was back at Lightwater by 10pm. A very satisfying event. Next year I will try to take some photos to give you a ‘flavour’ of the day.