A packed ringside provided a fantastic atmosphere and lively trade throughout, as all sheep on offer made far more than their vendors expectations.
Long-distance traveller Stuart Wood from Skene, Aberdeen took the top price at 1700gns, and saw his load of 28 sheep from his Woodies flock averaging £1,127. But it was the consistency of trade throughout which was most pleasing, the ring being full right to the end as breeders and commercial producers sought to tap into some of the excellent bloodlines on offer.
The top bid of 1,700gns came for Stuart Wood’s imported gimmer, which stood Reserve Champion in the show under the eye of John Harbinson from N Ireland. Sold in-lamb to The Lad, she went home to Anglesey with Richard Hughes. A homebred gimmer from the same pen, this time by Todhall Sumo out of an imported ewe and sold carrying twins to Double O Seven, made 1,600gns to A Wood, Preston.
The Show Champion came from a pen from the Mortons flock, of Andrew Morton, Stirling. A Shearling Gimmer Mortons Ann by Mortons Wi-Fi, out of a ewe by Mortons Thingymajig and in-lamb to the show-winning Beachy Norman, she returned to Scotland after a winning bid of 1500gns from G Carroll, Huntly, Aberdeen.
Ewes peaked at 1,050gns for the best of a pen of imported ewes from the Wilodge flock of Paul Tippets and Christine Williams. The top-priced ewe, a 2014-born 2-shear by Pacman and sold in-lamb to Kingledores Braveheart, went home to Lampeter with Geraint Williams and family, who added another ewe from the same pen, 2010-born and also in-lamb to Braveheart, for 1000 gns.
A selection of ewes from the Rathbone flock of Messrs Davies, Lancaster, peaked at 900 gns, when Jonathan Watson, Berwick-upon-Tweed took a fancy to a 2011-born Dooley Nissan daughter sold carrying twins.
There was a super trade for some quality, show potential Ewe lambs on offer, peaking at 1,250gns for Woodies Bumble Bee, by the 11,000gns Ardstewart Lord Almighty and out of an imported ewe, travelling home to Launceston, Cornwall with Lorna Gregory. Woodies Big Bird, a Double O Seven daughter out of a ewe by Kingledores Rascal, made 1100 gns to to J Jones, Llanfechell, Anglesy, whilst an Airyolland Weapon daughter, Woodies Babe out of one of the flock’s show ewes, made 1,000gns, returning to Aberdeenshire with G Carroll, Huntly.
Several recipient Ewes were offered for sale, carrying pedigree Beltex embryos, and met a fantastic trade, with, in particular, breeders new to the Beltex breed looking for top-quality genetics. Top of 2,300gns was paid by the Boden family for a ewe carrying a single embryo by Glenkeen Sanders, the only embryo to be offered for sale out of one of Stuart Wood’s best ewes; and the Boden’s were in again at 1,900 gns for another ewe carrying twin embryos by Todhall Sumo out of another exceptional ewe, dam of the 11,000gns Woodies Audi.
In-Lamb BELTEX Ewes £577.50
In-Lamb BELTEX Shearlings £801.50
BELTEX Ewe Lambs £638.22
Recipients carrying BELTEX embryos £1,417.50
Pre Sale Show Results
Judge:John Harbinson, Limavady Northern Ireland
1st Lot 210 - Tippetts & Williams, WILODGE
2nd Lot 207 – James A McGarva, HORSECLOSE
3rd Lot 221 – M R & J E Davis, RATHBONE
1st Lot 262 – Mr A Morton, MORTONS
2nd Lot 235 – Mr S Wood, WOODIES
3rd Lot 228 – Mr S Wood, WOODIES
4th Lot 225 - M R & J E Davis, RATHBONE
1st Lot 281 – Mr A Morton, MORTONS
2nd Lot 269 – Mr S Wood, WOODIES
3rd Lot 273 – Mr S Wood, WOODIES
4th Lot 290 – Mr A Bishop, BISHOPS
Supreme Champion: 1st Prize Shearling Gimmer from Mr A Morton, MORTONS
Reserve Champion: 2nd Prize Shearling Gimmer from Mr S Wood, WOODIES
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