August 2011

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

Average ewes175gns

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.

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