June 2015

We had the pleasure of attending the world premiere of Addicted to Sheep at Sheffield Doc Fest, the film made by Magali Pettier was very well received.  


Esme's paintings are displayed on the SSBA stand at North Sheep Milestone Moor, a very proud day. 

May 2015



April 2015 

Swaledale gimmer hoggs gathered off in-bye ground ready to go back to Harwood Common 


December 2014

Limousin home bred bull calves 100% clearance at Harrison & Hetherington's BLCS Weaned Calf sale. 

 Heavy snow fall in Upper Teesdale Winter 2014/2015


Amazing sunset, it is a privilege to live here, yes we get days where we are battling the elements (in fact you can't stand up straight for the wind and raining hammering you!) but you get a scene like this and all is forgiven.


September 2014

Showing at Moorcock Show, two tup lambs by home bred tup Kingshaugh Yan, both did rather well, which we were delighted with. 



 August 2014

Silage time 


Tup hoggs grazing pasture land during summer months 


 March 2013

The polytunnel is up and running, filled with ewes. They are very content, they have had a rough last 3 months, constant rain. The last few days of dry weather have very much been welcome, we have even seen the sun.


Cattle have sold well of late, a bulling pedigree Hereford heifer sold at Carlisle for 1700gns, then two pure bred Limousin store beast (1 heifer & 1 bullock) at Middleton-in-Teesdale averaged £1022.50 both by Goldies Fusilier.  


November 2013

Another successful Langdon Beck Show, there was a fabulous show of sheep, a credit to all the exhibitors. We had another great show, with Reserve District Champion with a gimmer shearling by the Neil Richardson tup.


Breeding ewes, gimmer lambs and tup sales all finished with for another year. It was a funny year, no sales buzz and you never knew how you were going to do until you had been through the ring. Think the very difficult spring, high feed costs, steady mule lamb trade resulted in a lot of caution and little to invest.


Kingshaugh Yoda sold Hawes Tup Sales

We are now getting this years calves ready for sales, the first being on the 5th Nov at Middleton-in-Teesdale, with the remaining Pedigree Limousin calves being sold at the BLCS Weaned Calf at Carlisle in December.

Heifer calf

Betty's Girl Limx heifer sold at Middleton-in-Teesdale for

£1300 (2nd Prize LimX heifer) to Darren Clark, Stripes Farm, Kirby Stephen


New addition to the Bail Hill clan is a collie puppy called 'Bert'

September 2013

Hay time

We finished hay and silage at the end of August with help from neighbours. Crop is slightly down but on the whole it is good quality. Made some lovely little bales of hay in July.

At the Great Yorkshire Show got 2nd with Kingshaugh XS and 4th with a ewe, it was an extreme hot day and spent most of the day in shade watching the clipping. Our next show is a local show, Eggleston on the 21st September then Langdon Beck Show on the 28th September.

Tom and John finished all but one of their clipping contracts by the end of July which is a first. Tom is now dressing Mule gimmer shearlings and lambs.

We have dipped and coloured shot gimmer lambs and draft ewes. Swaledale gimmer lambs are for Middleton-in-Teesdale on the 20th September and Hawes on the 12th October. Draft ewes Middleton-in-Teesdale on 30th September. Swaledale tup shearlings were inspected and crowned yesterday for SSBA sales in October.

After the harsh Spring we endured, we decided to purchase a sheep housing polytunnel, enabling us to house some ewes for a short period of time during the worst weather and allowing the land to rest and hopefully to grow ready for ewes and lambs getting turned out. The tunnel has been delivered and the proposed site levelled, next stage build, which we are going to do ourselves with a lot of help from a neighbour.

June 2013

Couple of weeks of sunshine makes all the difference, stock looks a lot happier and the grass is starting to grow.  Showed at a couple of spring sheep shows High Force and Eastgate, the quality of stock that exhibitors had on show was a credit to all considering the spring that we have been through.

Over half way through June now, Tom has been contract clipping over a fortnight now. Need to start thinking about getting Swaledales ready for The Great Yorkshire Show. One cow left to calve, a Vivaldi cow due to Attriant, looking forward to that one for two reasons, believe it will be a good cross and its the last cow!

May 2013

Spring 2013 at Bail Hill has been very difficult, the farm has been hit by snow that blew, cold wet and windy weather then followed, that hit the in-lamb ewes hard. We did lose ewes and lambs due to these conditions, but on a positive note we are very happy with the quality and sort of lambs we have on the ground. We only have two cows left to calve, so far all calved natural with a run of heifer calves, which are shaping up nicely. Limousin sires used this year include Goldies Fusilier, Ananas Ben, Taymar Diageo, Bolide and Attriant.

February 2013

Started calving, mostly heifers to stock bull Goldies Fusilier, all heifer calves so far, and pleased with them.

October 2012 

New stock tup purchased half share at Kirby Stephen from Helbeck


September 2012

3rd prize Swaledale gimmer lambs at Hawes £120 a head sold to S Clarkson

Successful day at Middleton-in-Teesdale draft ewe sale

Draft ewes 2012

3rd prize ewes sell at £190 a head to Neil Marston



Trophys won at Langdon Beck

Wonderful day at Langdon Beck Show, with the Mossdale Tup and a son of his that enjoyed success the week before at Eggleston Show.

1st Aged Tup with Mossdale, 1st Tup lamb with Mossdale tup lamb 4th with Catlow tup lamb, 1st pair Tup/Gimmer lamb (same as last week), 1st Pair of Tup lambs, 1st in shown but not won prize with New Hallam Gimmer Shearling, two 2nd's in fat lamb classes and our first ever prize with hay 4th. Then to top the day off Overall District Champion and Male  District Champion with The Mossdale Tup and Reserve District Champion with the Mossdale Tup Lamb.

Another successful and enjoyable day at Eggleston Show, a home bred tup lamb by the Mossdale tup we purchased at Kirby Stephen last year and out of a Steve Raine ewe that has in the past enjoyed success in the show ring herself, won the tup lamb class, tup/gimmer lamb class (gimmer lamb was also by Mossdale tup), Best District Male,Best Small Breeders and Reserve Champion Swaledale. We were also 4th with a Gimmer Shearling, she is by the Skidmore tup.

The Kingshaugh Swaledale flock enjoyed success at The Great Yorkshire Show with Reserve Overall Swaledale, Female Swaledale Champion and Small Breeders Champion with a ewe. She was purchased as a gimmer lamb from Geoff & Carol Marwood, Long Green. She is by one of their own tups RM B36077 and out of a ewe got with their Paul Hallam B32962. We also achieved 5th with the Catlow tup and 3rd with a Paul Hallam bred gimmer hogg.

Photos can be viewed via the links page - Farm images. 



We were awarded the
Scotbeef Trophy
Breeder of the
Champion Cattle Carcase
at the
Scottish Premier Meat
Exhibition 2011
Mr George McFadzean after placing
the animal Champion bullock
purchased him from us at
Mart in November 2010