Scots Gap Christmas Primestock

Prime Sheep

Hexham & Northern Marts at their Scots Gap Auction Mart held their Christmas Prize show of prime lambs and cast ewes on the final day of the 2022 season at this centre.

The prize show was very kindly sponsored once again by Scots Gap institution and longstanding neighbours of the mart Robson & Cowan Country Store in their Centenary year as leading agricultural merchants in the district.

The show was presided over by master judge Mr Jamie Curle, Bowsden, Berwick and he undertook his task with due professionalism and consideration of all the pens put before him.

The handsome Robson & Cowan silver trophy was awarded to the Champion pen of five lambs that had earlier been awarded the first prize continental cross rosette – a super pen of Charollais crosses from Messrs E Milburn & Sons, Holling Hill, Netherwitton that had been expertly bred, reared and hand selected by trusted stockman David Wood who also scooped rosettes in the Mule and Blackface classes.

The Reserve Champion award went to the first prize pen of Texel crosses from Dave Brodie, The Chesters, Cambo – another staunch Scots Gap supporter who, like Messrs Milburn and numerous others to whom the company are extremely grateful for their continued support throughout the entire season at ‘The Gap’.


Champion – Messrs Milburn, Holling Hill.

Reserve Champion – Messrs Brodie, The Chesters


Texel Cross – 1st – The Chesters, 2nd – Rugley Walls


Other Continental Cross – 1st Holling Hill (Charx), 2nd – Forestburngate (Dutchx).

Suffolk Cross – 1st Holling Hill, 2nd – Flotterton.

Mule – 1st  Pitland Hills, 2nd Holling Hill.

Blackface – 1st Holling Hill.

Champion Ewes – Tuthill (Suffolk cross)

Reserve Champion Ewes – Tuthill (Mule)

Trade was in-line with that seen earlier in the week and topped, as to be expected on such a day at £160 for the champion pen of five cracking lambs from Derek & Vincent Milburn and family, Holling Hill – a tremendous pen of lambs sired by noted home-bred rams which at 46 Kilo’s realised 347.8ppkg selling to Jeff Dunn who purchased the animals for Tony Green owner, of Penshaw Farm Shop, Chester-Le-Street and the top quality cuts will be available from the Butchery counter in the run up to Christmas.

Outwith the show lambs the sale peaked at £130 on two occasions for super heavy texel cross sorts, both lots from Dave Brodie, The Chesters.

Cast ewes peaked at £160 for the Champion pen of Suffolk crosses from Tuthill with the pen of Mules from the same home that stood as Reserve Champion selling at £122.

The company would like to thank all consignors and purchasers for their support throughout the season and wish all involved with Scots Gap Auction Mart a very Merry Christmas and a Happy & Prosperous New Year.

Leading prices;

Prime Lambs

Texel x –£130 (x2) Chesters, £125 Coldwell, £124 Chesters & High House Farm, £123 Flotterton, £122 Chesters, £120 Pitland Hills & High House Farm, £117.50 High House Farm, £117 Chesters

243.8p & 239.2p Chesters, 236.1p Coldwell, 235.4p Holling Hill, 235.3p High House Farm, 235.2p Rugley Walls, 235.0p High House Farm, 233.7p Chesters, 233.3p Chesters & Rugley Walls

Suffolk x –£128 Holling Hill, £127 & £122 Flotterton, £121 & £114 Holling Hill

237.3p Holling Hill, 235.2p, 234.6p & 233.3p Flotterton, 232.7p Holling Hill

Beltex x –£

Charollais x-£160 Holling Hill

Cheviot Mule-£126 Flotterton

232.2p Flotterton

Mule –£118 & £116 Pitland Hills, £112 Holling Hill

245.8p & 236.7p Pitland Hills, 230.4p Flotterton

Blackface –£88 Holling Hill

Prime Ewes

Suffolk x –£160 Tuthill

Mule-£122 Tuthill