On Monday 29th August 2016 the 15th Annual Production sale on behalf of the Whiteley Hey Flock of Mr Paul Slater was held at North West Auctions, Junction 36 Rural Auction Centre, Kendal in conjunction with Mitchells Auction Company, Cockermouth.
A warm and sunny bank holiday Monday saw a ringside of buyers from across the UK many of which are returning customers all bidding hard for genuine stock which were quoted to the best yet. The consignment of 540 head included 150 shearling rams, 55 2 & 3 shear ewes, 170 gimmer shearlings and 165 gimmer lambs of which 50 head were Black Beltex x Texel. The quality of the stock was exceptional in their present form with tight skins and carcasses.
The leading price in the ewe section, Lot 3 a pair of Beltex x Texel 2 shear ewes sired by the 10,000 gns Ardstewart Swagger Jagger ram purchased in 2013 achieved £410 purchased by A Wright.
Gimmer shearlings up held the trade with a leading price of £720 being paid for 2 Texels sired by Pauls Garngour ram purchased at the 2012 Kelso ram sale for £4800 this pair found a home with Thwaite Brothers. In this section a pair of Charollais shearlings achieved £600 selling to A Wright and £550 was paid for a pair of Beltex shearlings selling to D Robinson.
Peaking at £210 per head were a pair of ¾ Beltex x ¼ Texel gimmer lambs which were great skinned with brilliant confirmation these were sired by the ram Well-hung purchased from Ross and Kirsty Williams (the Blackjack flock) for 16000 gns at Carlisle Beltex sale last year.
Leading price of the day went to Lot 50 a very tight skinned ¾ Texel x ¼ Beltex ram which sold to S & A Horner, Turner Fold Farm, Clapham for 3000 gns. He is sired by a Blackjack ram again purchased from Ross and Kirsty Williams. The next highest price 2600 gns came in the form of a pure Texel sired by the Langside Ram purchased from Kelso in 2012 for £8000. In all 25 rams broke the £1000 barrier.
150 Shearling Rams averaged £867.70. Top price £3150
55 2/3 Shear Ewes averaged £254.23. Top price £410
170 Gimmer Shearling averaged £254.19. Top price £720