September 2010

Carlisle RBSS, 18 September 2010

The sale at Borderway Marts, Carlisle was hectic but very successful for the Lightwater flock. My day started at 5am for arrival at 8ish, followed by unloading and setting up information for the 2 gimmers and 3 lambs forward. I withdrew L.Nuffsaid – not enough room in the trailer! There were 26 coloured Ryelands for sale. The show preceded the sale and Lightwater was fortunate to have 1st and 2nd females and then Champion c.r. with L.Linnet by Colourful Dandy (thank you Miriam Asquith for showing her so well!). Reserve champion went to Jo Birtwhistle and partner with a nice ram lamb by Arberth Joop.

By the end of the show the mart was humming with buyers and sellers – again a good mix of new and established c.r. breeders. I am so pleased to see new breeders starting up with a selection of quality stock, in excellent condition, as forward at Carlisle.

I found it very useful to have all my sheep in one pen as people were inspecting and talking about them. L.Newcombe was not so impressed since he had to be tied up after showing interest in one of the ewe lambs. He was a star (only 4th in the show but up against shearlings and early born lambs) having only come in from the field on Friday evening and wearing a halter for the first time on Saturday. A lot of potential buyers were inspecting closely – teeth, feet, fleeces(hooray!).

I must try harder with the halter training. L.Nina was like a firework on a stick. Fortunately she loved the Barony flock and followed closely.

Word usually spreads quickly about the prices of the day – up or down on last year. A great hub-bub greeted the news that a white Ryeland gimmer from the Parry’s in N.Wales reached a new record price. This is such a nerve-wracking half-hour as we queue to go into the ring. On my own it is difficult to keep all the sheep calm or together – more to learn from Chris and Rikki with the Barony flock.

L.Linnet was first and behaved impeccably, fetching the highest price, I believe, for a c.r. at Carlisle. She has gone to the McCornicks in Scotland. A good and experienced home – she’s such a sweetie.
L.Layla was not impressed by the proceedings but has gone to Sandy Davison where I think she will gain confidence.
Ewe lambs Nougat and Nina sold to new breeders Niall and Nadine Scott from Newton Stewart (Nina did a muted version of her firework display).
L.Newcombe has gone to new breeder Steve Parkinson from Southport. He (Newcombe – not Steve!) was ever the gentleman and stood quietly with me in the ring (off the halter at last!)

Chris and Rikki reached a new high price for a lamb with Barony Nova. Everything ran smoothly at the mart and the day gradually came to an end; packing up, saying goodbyes to stock and new owners; traveling back in glorious late sunshine with Merlo Nimo – a new ram lamb from Steven Hipps in the trailer.

Nearly the end of this season. Only York RBSS Oct.2nd to go. A few lambs are sold but waiting to travel and the ewes and rams are revving up for tupping time.

Merlo Nimo is being introduced to Morpeth, the River Wansbeck, Lightwater and Lander – his companion for the moment. It rained last night!

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