AVERAGES held up well at the Farmers Guardian supported premier show and sale of pedigree Beltex at Carlisle. Last year the record setting 65,000gns Airyolland Castro added £96 to the shearling ram average, which this year was £1,5152, £60 less than 2018. Ram lambs averaged £1,202, £54 back on the year.
The top prices were dominated by the Buckles family, Kevin and sons, Jack and Tom from Kirkby Stephen. They led the ram lamb trade at 12,000gns on the first day before topping the shearling rams at 30,000gns on the second day.
Their leader was Buckles Dark Dawn, a son of 8,000gns Ardstewart Armani out of Ardstewart Super Mario-sired Buckles Annie Power. It was knocked down to Alfie Taylor for his Heatheryhall flock, Lanark.
The Buckles also took 11,000gns for the Great Yorkshire Show champion, Buckles Dark Intentions, by Glantre Norris out of Woodies Natasha. The buyers were the Mutch family, Whitney, Oxfordshire.
The second highest prize of 15,000gns was for Tiree Donegal by Callacrag Wise Crack from Alasdair MacLean, Isle of Tiree, which sold to Robert and James Hamilton’s Shawtonhill and Mid Shawtonhill flocks, Strathaven and Alistair Meikle’s Whindyke flock, Glasgow.
Andrew Morton, Denny, paid 10,000gns for Gyffin Dexter, a Smart Ass Buster son from Gethin Mathias, Llanwrda, Carmarthenshire, but bought at Ruthin as a lamb from Edward Lewis.
Also making 10,000gns from Brian Ryder, Moffat, was the Rathbone Beckham son, Ryder DIY which sold in a five-way split to Grant Anderson, Dumfries; Grant Maxwell, Melrose; Alan Miller, Inverurie; Stuart Wood, Westhill and John and Richard Wood, Biggar.
The other shearling ram making 10,000gns from Gordon and Lynsey Carroll, Huntly, was Edendiack Darius, by Padkin Sugar Daddy, which sold to Jeff and Sue Wilkinson, Richmond.
Leading the ram lambs at 12,000gns for the Buckles family was Buckles Einstein, ram lamb bought as an embryo from Stuart Wood, which is out of Buckles Babybel, a Plumtree Wonderful daughter sold to Mr Wood for 7,500gns. Its sire is 7,000gns Artnagullion Charlie Chaplin. The buyer was Gary Beacom, County Fermanagh.
Next at 11,000gns from John and Richard Wood, Biggar, was Kingledores Edmund, by Arkle DJ which also sold to Northern Ireland to Mathew Burleigh and Andrew and Jamie McCutcheon.
The Kingledores flock also took 7,000gns from Karen and David Shuttleworth, Skipton, for Edmund’s full brother, Kingledores Endeavour.
Also at 7,000gns selling to Wade and Alison McCrabbe, Co Donegal, was Swffryd Express by Airyolland Castro from Aled Groucott, Crumlin, Gwent.
Dearest of the aged rams at 5,200gns was Langlands Bruiser, by Smart Ass Alfie, consigned by Ross and Kirsty Williams, Huntly. Originally sold to five Scottish flocks for 13,000gns, this two-shear ram was male champion at last year’s Royal Highland Show. It sold in a three-way split to Neil Caul, S. and A. Moore and Gregor Yarr, all based in Angus.
The champion from the Scottish National Show at Border Union, the shearling gimmer, Pentland Dixie, by Airyolland Wurzel from Graham and Fiona Burke, Brechin, topped the female section at 5,000gns. The buyer was Victoria and Gillian Bowring, Nottinghamshire, who also paid 4,000gns for Clary Drama by Hackney Braveheart from Jock McMillan, Newton Stewart.
Graeme Sinclair, Castle Douglas, saw his two shearling ewes, full sisters by Kingledores Battleaxe both sell for 3,000gns, including his female champion and reserve supreme from the pre-sale show, Sinclair’s Diva, which sold to M.J. Ludgate for the JML flock, Thame, Oxon.
Sinclair’s Daisy matched that when selling to Alan Miller, Inverurie.