A massive crowd generated a terrific trade for the New Year sale of pedigree Beltex and Texel females at Chelford.
The 140 Beltex females included a reduction sale from the Northern Ireland-based Ballydown flock of Miss M. McNeill.
Judge Les Hewitt, Penyffordd, Flintshire, found his supreme champion in the best of a pen of ewe lambs from Stuart Wood’s Woodies flock, Skene, Aberdeen. This Airyolland Thunder daughter, out of an imported ewe, drew keen bidding, but eventually went to Mr Hewitt and wife Sian, at the day’s top price of 4,300gns.
Another ewe lamb from the same consignment, and by Howcommon Romeo, out of another imported ewe, made 2,100gns to A.J. Wood, Preston.
The reserve championship went to another Woodies sheep, a February 2013-born ewe by Kingledores Rameses, out of a Drumrash bred ewe, sold carrying twins to Airyolland Weapon. It made 2,700gns to G. and K. Williams, Lampeter, Ceredigion. And another ewe from Woodies, also by Rameses and carrying twins to Airyolland Weapon, made 1,000gns to T. Riley, Chorley, Lancashire.
Another regular Chelford vendor, Allan Jackson, saw his ewe lambs sired by The Gambler, make 1,300gns to David and Matthew Prince, Chesterfield.
Several shearlings topped the 1,500gns mark and dearest was from the pen of M.R. and J.E. Davis, Austwick, Lancashire. By Holmebeck Tonto, and out of a Rathbone ewe by Dooley Nissan, it sold carrying twins to Buckle Whizz Kidd, at 2,000gns to Preston Farms, Co Tyrone.
Allan Jackson was also in the money again, drawing 1,700gns for a Southholm Peter daughter out of a ewe by Cousin Albert.
Ironically, at the time when Stuart Wood and family were suffering severe flooding around their home in Aberdeen, they had offered the proceeds of a ewe lamb to the Cumbria Flood Appeal. This lamb, by Glenkeen Sanders out of an imported Biesheuvel ewe, sold for 1,250gns to S.T. Marsh and M. Friend, Dover, Kent.
38 ewes, £490.46; 28 shearling ewes, £615.19; 30 ewe lambs, £705.95.