THE Farmers Guardian-supported Beltex premier sale at Carlisle recorded the highest number sold in the sale’s history as well as a new ram lamb record of 27,000gns and averages up across the board.
Setting the new breed record was Kingledores Crusader, by Glantre Armani out of Kingledores Pearl from Richard Wood and family, Biggar, which had been reserve male champion at the Royal Highland Show. It sold to Northern Irish breeders, Wade and Alison McCrabbe.
The next best price of 7,000gns was paid three times. Firstly, for Clary Chief from Jock McMillan, Newton Stuart. By Henry V/H/Vrijbos which found a new home with Preston Farms, Omagh, Co Tyrone.
Next from Paul Tippets, Shifnal, was Hackney Classic, by 60,000gns Topflite Al Pacino. It was male and reserve overall champion at the Royal Highland and reserve male champion in the pre-sale show before selling to Procters Farm, Lancaster.
The last to make 7,000gns from Elizabeth McAllister, Ballymena, was Artnagullion Charlie Chaplin, by Ardstewart Blue Boy which was reserve male champion at Balmoral Show and male champion at the Irish National Show. The buyers were Richard Wood and Stuart Wood, Skene.
Stuart Wood led shearling ram trade with Woodies Baldy selling for 16,000gns. By Airyolland Weapon out of an imported Belgian ewe, it sold to Adam Neachell and Son, Walsall and George Cropper, Rossendale.
Next at 13,000gns was Langlands Bruiser from J. and S. Wilkinson, Richmond. By Smart Ass Alfie, it was champion at the Great Yorkshire Show and was knocked down to Ross and Kirstie Williams, Huntly, Colin Mair and Partners, Turriff, Jimmy Young, Alford, Aberdeenshire, Raymond Flaws and Messrs Copland, both Orkney.
At 12,000gns was Ardstewart Barclay from Wade and Alison McCrabbe. This Woodies Aero son sold to Paul Slater, Macclesfield.
Raymond Flaws, Orkney, sold Woodwick Brave Heart by Airyolland Wee Jimmy for 10,000gns to A. Wright and Son, Lincolnshire.
Stuart Wood sold another Weapon son, Woodies Big Yin for 10,000gns in a three-way partnership to the James McGarva, Annan, the Buckle family, Kirkby Stephen, and Neale and Janet McQuiston, Newton Stuart.
Also making 10,000gns from Andrew Baillie, Lanark was Callacrag Bullseye, a son of Quarrymount William Wallace which sold to A. Wainwright, Cupar, Fife.
Sale leader in the aged rams at 5,500gns from Richard Wood was 2014-born Kingledores Wigglesworth, a Glenkeen Sanders son which sold to W.S. and J.M. Dinsdale, Penrith.
Shearling ewes peaked at 5,000gns three times. Firstly, for Ardstewart Ballerina, a Woodies Aero daughter from the McCrabbes which was knocked down to D. and L. Gregory, Launceston, Cornwall.
At the same money from the Wainwright family was Todhall Beth, a Kingledores Warrior daughter which sold to G.G. Wilkinson, Wigton, Cumbria.
The third at 5,000gns from the Davis family, Austwick, was Rathbone Barbara, a Buckles Whizz Kid daughter. The buyer was Gary Beacom, Co Fermanagh.
Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington.