A NEW breed record of 65,000gns was set at the Farmers Guardian supported sale of pedigree Beltex sheep at Carlisle.
The sale topper was Airyolland Castro, a shearling ram by Airyolland Asulam out of Airyolland Shimmy from Neale and Janet McQuistin, Newton Stewart. The buyers were Christine Williams and Paul Tippets, Shifnal, Shropshire.
The McQuistins then bought the second prize shearling ram, Black Jack Casanova, a son of Padkin Sugar Daddy out of Callacraig Paris, in partnership with Messrs Hall, Carlisle, for 15,000gns.
Next at 14,000gns was Ardstewart Coyote, by Langlands Trojan out of Ardstewart Skinderella from W. and A. McCrabbie, Co Donegal. It sold to Messrs Whiteford, Brampton, and Messrs Little, Carlisle.
Messrs Owen and Lewis, Conwy, then paid 9,000gns for Broughton Charmer, a Skiddaw View Trapper son out of Broughton Tinto which had been first prize shearling ram at the Royal Highland Show, which was consigned by A. and M. Dunlop, Biggar.
Ram lambs topped at 10,000gns twice, first for the male and supreme champion, Matt’s Ducati, by Hackney Corker out of Matt’s Actress from Matthew Burleigh, Co Fermanagh. The buyers were Messrs Wood, Preston, Lancashire.
At the same money was Clary Desperado, the winning ram lamb from the Royal Highland Show, consigned by J. McMillan, Newton Stewart. The son of Henry V/H/Vrijbos out of Clary Winnie sold in a five-way split to Messrs Burke, Brechin, Messrs Baillie, Carstairs, Messrs Wyllie, Kirriemuir, Messrs Wood, Westhill and Proctors Farm, Lancaster.
At 7,300gns was Kingledores Drake, by Artnagullion Charlie Chaplin from Richard Wood, Tweedsmuir, which went to the partnership of Messrs Watson, Berwick Upon Tweed, and Messrs Gray, Morpeth.
Aged rams sold to 3,000gns for 2015-born, Myna Actor, by Carra Rambo, the winner of the aged ram class at the Royal Highland in 2017. Bred by W.P. and O. Evans and consigned by Proctors Farm, it was knocked down to Messrs Armstrong, Cockermouth.
The female trade was led at 7,500gns by the second prize shearling gimmer and reserve female champion, Heber Park Carmen, a daughter of Buckles Balmoral from D.W. and K.C.B. Shuttleworth, Skipton, which sold to Williams and Tippetts.
Next at 6,200gns was Todhall Cider, by Rathbone Alien from I.A. Wainwright, Cupar, which went home with Messrs Carroll, Huntly.