Prices reached 16,000gns for a shearling ram, while ram lambs sold to 12,000gns in the Beltex Sheep Society’s annual show and sale at Carlisle.
More than 1,100 rams and 330 females were catalogued in this three-day, Farmers Guardian supported fixture where considerably more sheep were sold than in 2014.
Paul Slater, Macclesfield, Cheshire, took home the sale’s top priced lot, Black Jack Well Hung, which was a March 2014 born single from R. and K. Williams, Huntly, Aberdeen. By Todhall Sueprstar, the ram is out of a Ballydown Magnus sired Black Jack ewe.
Three Scottish breeders joined forces at 13,000gns to acquire the reserve male champion, Lanarkshire based Andrew Baillie’s February shearling, Callacrag Wise Crack. It is by Muirton Toy Boy out of a Clary Navy ewe. The three buyers were A. Jackson, Lanark; A. and M. Dunlop, Biggar, and A. Maclean, Isle of Tiree.
Then came a shearling ram at 9,500gns. This was Broughton Willie Wonder from A. and M. Dunlop, Biggar. By Padkin Sugar Daddy and out of a Wooodies Ringleader sired Broughton ewe, the ram was bought by D.M. and S. Prince, Chesterfield.
Kingledores flock owner Richard Wood, also from Biggar, paid 8,000gns for Suart Wood’s (Westhill, Aberdeen) Woodies William, a March born shearling by Todhall Sumo out of an Annelies dam. The full brother to this one sold at 6,000gns to Brian Hall, Ainstable, Carlisle, while a 7,500gns bid secured Kirkby Stephen breeders K. and R. Buckle’s Plumtree Wonderful for T. Sayer, Hackthorpe, Penrith. This is an Ardstewart Super Mario son.
Dean Brow flock owner, Harry Wood, Longridge, Preston, topped the bidding for ram lambs when his 12,000gns bought the February born Matt’s Abracadabra from Matthew Burleigh, Co. Fermanagh. It is a son of Hackney Warrior out of a Beechtree Nightrider dam.
R. Gregor, Inverurie sold his Royal Highland second prize ram lamb Gregor’s Achilles, a son of Kingledores Wordsworth, in a five way share for 9,000gns to John Barclay, Maybole; Carrick Primestock, Maybole; A. Morton, Denny; J. Sinclair and Son, Castle Douglas and A. Ireland, Darvel.
A 5,800gns bid from M. Burleigh, Enniskillen, secured the male, and reserve supreme champion. This was Richard Wood’s Kingledores Apollo, a Myna The Godfather son out of a Royal Highland winning Kingledores dam.
The sale’s female and supreme champion was a shearling from the Buckles. Part of their 2015 show team, this Broxty Supreme sired single, out of a Joconde ewe, made 5,000gns to A.J. Wood, Whittingham, Preston.
At the same price, a Glenkeen Sanders sired shearling from Kingledores, was bought by C. Birrell and Co., Castle Douglas while David Findlay, Middleham, Leyburn, paid 3,000gns for an Ardstewart Paparazzi sired shearling from David Thornley, Swadlincote.
AVERAGES 250 shearling gimmers £705.60 (up £85.50); 191 ram lambs £1,090.87 (down £26.13); 6 aged rams £1,254.75 (down £12.25); 675 shearling rams £931.02 (down £65.98).
Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington.