BUYERS from all over the country descended on Borderway Mart, Carlisle, for the catalogue of 275 Bluefaced Leicester females on Monday (January 25). Despite a bumper entry, trade was strong right through.
The gimmer hogg which was overall champion made the top price of 11,000gns, creating a new breed record for a female.
From the Kirkby Redgate flock of W.M. Hutchinson and Sons, Kirkby Stephen, the champion is an embryo lamb by the £6,500 G1 Hewgill, and out of the flock’s top breeding ewe. The hammer eventually fell to C. Davies, Redditch, of Brood, who is putting together a flock of top bloodlines.
Redgate also had another hogg out of the same ewe, but by G1 Marriforth, which made 4,200gns to Martyn Archer, Wark, Hexham, who also paid 2,800gns for the pen leader from the Booth Feizor-based Smearsett flock.
Neil Marston’s Cockermouth-based Highberries flock sold several in-lamb sheep. His pen topper, a ewe, is full sister to the flock’s stock ram, and out of a ewe by Y1 Midlock. It sold carrying twins to G1 Highberries Highlander, at 4,200gns, to R.J. Shennan, Girvan.
Another well-bred ewe out of the same dam as his first, but by C12 Highberries, sold carrying triplets to G1 Highlander, to David and Val Hill, Asby, Appleby, for 3,200gns.
The Hewgill flock was in the money again with a gimmer hogg at 3,200gns. By G49 Hewgill and out of a home-bred ewe, it sold to Gary Beacom, Co Fermanagh.
The Midlock (John Wight and Sons) consignment topped at 3,200gns for a gimmer shearling by E1 Bull and Cave. It was carrying triplets to E1 Hewgill, and went to D. McCrystal, Maghera, Northern Ireland.
With Midlock bloodlines in demand, the flock had two other in-lamb gimmers at 3,000gns, bought by T.J. Hall and Son, Keilder, and J. Thomas and Son, Llandrindod Wells.
Reserve champion came from Mike and Ella James, Builth Wells. A late April-born hogg, it had caught the eye of judge Matthew Emmott, who eventually bought this F1 Parkagatestone daughter for 2,700gns.
Highberries sold a Mule carrying two D24 Highberries embryos from his show ewe at 4,000gns to Julie Lee, Stockley Burn Farm, Co Durham. Twin embryos in a Mule from Smearsett and sired by B13 Black Tag, made 3,800gns, to Neil Marston, Highberries.
Kirkby Redgate topped flock averages at £3,433.75, followed by Highberries at £2,493.75 and Hewgill at £2,310.
23 ewes, £1,219.37 (up £332.87); 85 ewe lambs, £1,060.01 (up £81.14); 80 gimmers, £971.64 (down £221.36); 188 head, £1,071.05 (up £35.97).
Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington.