NATIONAL SALE, SHREWSBURY

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

Averages

Shearing Ewes – £439.25

Ewe lambs – £394.33

Shearling rams - £546

Ram lambs – £650.28

Auctioneers: Halls. Shrewsbury.