New Breeders Strike Top Spot at Hampshire Down Premier Sale, Shrewsbury

 Leading Price, Ram Lamb from Matthew Jones and Rebecca Smith, BIRCHFIELD FLOCK

Leading Price, Ram Lamb from Matthew Jones and Rebecca Smith, BIRCHFIELD FLOCK

The Hampshire Down Premier Sale, held for the first time at Shrewsbury Livestock Market and run in conjunction with the National show the previous day, saw a new breeders Matthew Jones and Rebecca Smith top the market with a ram lamb from their Birchfield Flock. This son of Yarcombe Flashman was out of a Ballycreelly ewe by Ballycreelly What the Devil and sold for £1350gns to D & D Middleditch and Son, Sudbury, Suffolk jointly with Harry Elsden, Hertford.  Re-investing half their takings, Rebecca and Matthew secured a ram lamb from the Derryman’s Yarcombe flock.

Another Yarcombe Flashman sired ram lamb produced the second highest price of the day at 1200gns. From K.P. and A.E. McCarthys’ Ballycreelly flock, County Down, the lamb will be going to Carmarthen, joining James Dicksons’, Jamrin flock. This ram lamb had won its class at the Irish National earlier this year and had won top honours again in the ram lamb class in the previous days UK National show.

Top ewe price of the day at 660gns, was a shearling ewe from Graham and Judith Galbraiths’ Graylen flock, Kendal, which was by Kelsey Icon out of a Kelsey ewe by Normanby Lancelot. Judith and Graham also won reserve female champion and reserve breed champion with a shearling ewe by the same sire in the previous days national show.

 Best selling shearlilng ewe from G & J Galbraith, GRAYLEN FLOCK

Best selling shearlilng ewe from G & J Galbraith, GRAYLEN FLOCK

Selling at 480gns the top ewe lamb went to Nick Coles’ Coleberry Flock. This ewe lamb from the Eppleby flock owned by Austyn Chapman and Nikki Wadkins, Richmond, North Yorkshire, is by Court General and out of a Graylen ewe by Graylen D’Artagnan.

 Best selling ewe lamb, from Austyn Chapman and Nikki Wadkins, EPPLEBY FLOCK

Best selling ewe lamb, from Austyn Chapman and Nikki Wadkins, EPPLEBY FLOCK

Winning the national show with his ewe lamb by Greenwell Titan the previous day, T.I. and J. Hunter bought the highest priced shearling ram of the day for 520gns, out of Kelsey Nobleman from Jim and Jane Birkwoods’ Thorbeck flock. The shearling ram will be travelling down the road to Tim Hunters’ Lindsey flock in Lincolnshire.

 Shearling Ram from J & J Birkwood, THORBECK FLOCK

Shearling Ram from J & J Birkwood, THORBECK FLOCK


Shearing Ewes – £439.25

Ewe lambs – £394.33

Shearling rams - £546

Ram lambs – £650.28

Auctioneers: Halls. Shrewsbury.



The Scottish Premier Sale reached a new sale record in its third year of running with a ram lamb from Roy & Sheena McFarlane & Lorna Rennie, Lecropt Flock, making 1200 guineas and selling to Rob Dewey of the Lathockar Flock, Fife. By a new stock ram Kelsey Fantastic, purchased last year, this lamb had recently been CT Scanned at the SRUC Unit Edinburgh coming out in the top 1% for breed index and gigot muscularity. 

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Leading the female trade and overall Show Champion was a ewe lamb from Janet & Brian Hill’s Isle Of Bute flock, making 800 guineas and moving south of the border to Stephanie Percival, Catchadown Flock. This ewe lamb by Yarcombe Pythagoras shares the same grand-sire, Graylen D’artagnan ,on the dam line as the top priced ram lamb from Lecropt.


Standing reserve champion and taking the second highest bid of the day for females was a shearling ewe from last year’s show and sale leaders, Messrs D Middlecitch  & Son’s St Paul Flock, Suffolk knocking down to John Craig, Lumb Farm, North Yorkshire for £650 guineas. A second shearling ewe from the Middleditch family sold for the next highest price, 500 guineas, to junior pedigree breeder Bruce Steel, Powblack Flock, Stirling.

The male Champion too came from south of the border, offered by Hazel Hindmarch, Fellrose Flock, County Durham and selling to Michael Patton, Northern Ireland for 500 guineas.

Commercial interest was evident around the ring with buyers keen to buy Hampshire Rams to put across ewes for fast growing lamb production. K & A McCarthy, Northern Ireland sold the highest price shearling for this purpose for 700 guineas to Macaskill, Killin, Perthshire.

Overall there was a marked improvement in the demand for males, but shearling ewes proved harder to sell.  Lambs both male and female were in stronger demand.

Leading Prices & Averages (guineas):

Shearling Rams:  Top price 700, Average 475

Ram Lambs: Top price 1200, Average 470

Shearling Ewes: Top price 650, Average 483

Ewe Lambs: Top price 800, Average 367