NEW SALE RECORD FOR HAMPSHIRE DOWNS AT STIRLING
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.
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