THE Classy Lassies show and sale of crossing type Bluefaced Leicester females at Carlisle peaked at 9,000gns but trade was selective with averages down for ewes and shearlings although up just over £400 on the year for hoggs.
Topping the trade was the third prize gimmer hogg from Richard Hutchinson’s Kirkby Redgate flock, Kirkby Stephen. By a home-bred ram by £14,000 Skeughdale, it sold to W. Bell, Ballynahinch, Co. Down.
Next at 8,500gns was a gimmer hogg from Messrs Lord’s Hewgill flock, North Stainmore, which was an embryo sister to their sale leader at Hawes. It sold to Neil Laing, Biggar. Another full sister, was the class winner and reserve champion and sold for 4,500gns to the Campbells, Peebles.
The championship went to J. Wight and Sons, Midlock flock, Biggar, with a gimmer shearling by K1 Shafthill out of the H102 Midlock ewe which was Royal Highland champion in 2016. Carrying triplets to L1 Hundith, it sold for 6,500gns to Messrs McCrystal, Maghera, Co Londonderry.
Midlock then took 5,500gns for a daughter of K4 Marriforth carrying a single to L60 Midlock which sold to P. Mullen, Maghera and 4,500gns for a gimmer by K1 Highberries carrying triplets to M2 Asby Hall, which is a full sister to last year’s Royal Highland champion. The buyer was S. Wilson, Ballymena.
The top price ewe at 3,000gns was 2016-born J38 Highberries from Neil Marston, Cockermouth. It sold, carrying twins to M4 Highberries to Henry Ridley, Hesket Newmarket.
Averages - 21 aged ewes, £790; 52 gimmers, £1,353.09; 47 ewe hoggs, £1,361.64; 1 recipient, £1,417.50.
Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington.