Beltex lambs proved hard to beat at Harrison and Hetherington’s annual Christmas show and sale, where a strong entry of 3834 prime lambs was topped at £152 for a pair of 48kg crosses from S Millman, Brackenslack, Mauld Meaburn.

Judge for the day, G Roberts, Field Fresh, Wales, backed his decision and purchased his choice of champions, the first prized pair of lightweight 38kg Beltex cross lambs, from Messrs Dinsdale, High Field, Morland for £150.

Securing the reserve championship was Susan Sowerby, Terrys Farm, Ormside for her first prized pair of heavyweight 52kg Beltex cross lambs, which later sold at £150 to Dowdings Butchers, Appleby.

Outwith the show, cast sheep peaked at £160 for a Texel cross ewe from Messrs Collin, Intake Farm, Barnard Castle, while rams achieved the same price for Bluefaced Leicesters from Brow Farm.

LEADING awards

Lambs – Lightweight – Tex – 1, M Wynne, Hall Farm House, 38kg, £138; 2, MTP and SD Wills, Fawcett Park, 40kg, £128. Belt – 1 and champion, W and J and I Dinsdale, High Field, 38kg, £150; 2, P McCune, Farewell Grange, 41kg, £120; 3, P Slater, Dandy Farm, 40kg, £142. AOB – JF Burbridge and Sons, Park Farm, 35kg, £130; 2, P Slater, Dandy Farm, 38kg, £145; 3, G Sowerby, Terrys Farm, 41kg, £140. Heavyweight – Tex – 1, S Millman, Brackenslack, 48kg, £148; 2, W and SE Dickinson, Kirkbarrow Hall, 50kg, £120; 3, JT Steel, Steeley Farm, 48kg, £120. Belt – 1 and reserve, S Sowerby, Terrys Farm, 52kg, £150; 2, P Slater, Dandy Farm, 44kg, £150; 3, S Millman, Brackenslack, 48kg, £152. AOB – 1, P Slater, Dandy Farm, 42kg, £150; 2, JF Burbridge and Sons, Park Farm, 43kg, £144; 3, W and I Dinsdale, High Field, 46kg, £116. Suff – 1, JJ and E Lawson, Hundith House, 48kg, £102.80. Chev – 1, JJ and E Lawson, Hundith House, 41.5kg, £93.30. Mule – 1, JJ and E Lawson, Hundith House, 55kg, £109; 2, A and D Smith, Kelmore Hill Farm, 52kg, £103.50; 3, JS and JO Dodd, Skylin, 49kg, £99. Swale, Rough Fell, BF or Herdwick – 1, RJS and DM Addison, Greystone House, 46kg, BF, £98.80; 2, PL and J Dawson, School Cottage, 44kg, Swale, £83.30; 3, Kilnstown Farms, 49kg, Swale, £91.30.

Ewes – Polled or Lowland – 1, W and J and I Dinsdale, Highfield, £131, Belt; 2, J Buckle, Buckles Farm, £131, Belt; 3, W and J and I Dinsdale, Highfield, £120, Belt. Horned – 1, JJ and E Lawson, Hundith House, £70, Swale; 2, JJ and E Lawson, Hundith House, £69, Swale; 3, Kilnstown Farms, £65, Swale.

LEADING prices

Lambs – Belt – £152, £141, £138.80, 3136.80 Brackenslack; £150, £142, £139.80, £136.80, £130.80, £126.80 Dandy; £150, £133.80, £120 High Field; £150 Terrys; £146.80, £132.50, £131.80, £129.80, £120.30 Upper Brydekirk; £138.30, £127, £126.80, £123.80, £121.80 Fawcett Park; £138.30, £136.30, £135.80, £132.80, £130, £126.30, £124.30, £120 Park Farm; £128.80 (x2), £122.80, £120 Kirkbarrow Hall; £126.80, £125, £123, £121.80, £120.80, £120 (x2) Espland House; £125 Langton Field; £124.80 Stubsgill; £124.80 Castle Hill; £123.80 Row End; £123.80, £120 Farewell Grange; £121.80 Marriforth; £120 Hall Farm. Char – £150, £145 Dandy; £144, £130 Park Farm; £99.30 (x2) Hawkrigg. Tex – £148 Brackenslack; £138, £108.30 Hall Farm House; £128, £108.80 Fawcett Park; £120.80, £120 (x3), £111.80, £110 Kirkbarrow Hall; £120 Steeley Farm; £118, £112 Marriforth; £111.30, £109 Glebe Cottage; £112 Mount Pleasant; £110, £108.80 East Todholes; £110 Lower Griseburn; £110 Ormathwaite; £108.80 (x2) Langton Filed; £108.80 Farewell Grange. Dutch Tex – £140, £135 Terry; £100.80 (x2) Lower Griseburn. Rouge – £136.30 Upper Brydekirk; £116 High Field. Suff – £112 Williamsgill; £108.30, £105.80 Plumtree House; £106.30, £104.80 (x2) Manor; £106.30 Fawcett Park; £102.80 Hundith House. BFL – £110 Park House. Mule – £109 Hundith House; £106.30, £96.30 East Todholes; £105.80, £103.80 Sowerthwaite; £104.30, £100 Stubsgill; £103.50 Kelmore Hill; £100 Fieldham House; £99.30 Kilnstown; £98.80, 397.80 Fawcett Park; £98.30, 397.30, £96.30 Thorney Gale; £98.30 Castle Hill; £98 High Stennerskeugh; £97.80 Greenriggs; £97.80 Briggle; £96.50 Croft House; £96.30 Villa Farm. BF – £98.80, £90.80 Greystone House; £94 Farewell Grange. Chev – £98.30 Skylin; £93.80 East Rackwood Hill; £93.30 Hundith House. Blue Tex – £97.30 Middle Ridge. Swale – £91.30, 385.80 Kilnstown; £86.30, £84.30 East Todholes; £83.30 School Cottage. Lonk – £87.80 Marshes Gill. Jacob – £86.80 Dalefoot. Rough – £83.30 The Gables. Herdwick – £63.80 Spanham; £60 The Gables.

Cast ewes – Tex – £160, £125 Intake; £120, £105.30 Kelmore Hill; £119.50 Hawkrigg; £108.50 Upper Brydekirk. Belt – £131 Buckles; £131, £120 (x2) High Field. BFL – £103 Kelmore Hill; £94.50 Asby Hall; £90 School Cottage. Suff – £95 Buckles; £90 Hawkrigg. Mule – £85 Middle Bank End; £85 East Todholes; £82.50 Kelmore Hill. Chev – £76 Kelmore Hill. Swale – £70, £69 Hundith House; £66.50 (x2) Kelmore Hill; £65 Kilnstown; £60 Asby Hall. Herdwick – £52 Fieldham House.

Cast rams – BFL – £160 Brow Farm; £135 (x2), £120 Kilnstown. Tex – 112 Claylands; £110, £100 Buddle House; £103.50, £100 Breaks Hall; £100 The Croft. Swale – £70 Ellergill; £64.50 Bowes Close; £63.50 Buddle House.