A strong ewe lamb line up gave judge Jean Ritchie plenty to consider and her top pick from E B & S A Jones’ Maes Glas flock was sale leader at 2000 guineas. This concluded a remarkable season for this home-bred ewe lamb by Maes Glas Hercules who had previously taken breed and inter-breed titles across the country this season including three Royal shows where at Royal Welsh she stood alongside her Male Champion sire. She goes to David Cormack & Gaynor McDowell, Leicestershire.
It was a ewe lamb too who took the second highest price of the day, this time K P & A E McCarthy’s Ballycreelly lamb by Ballycreelly Devils Advocate out of a Wattisfield What Not ewe, returning to Northern Ireland for 1200 gunieas to Tony McGrath’s Clogherny Flock.
The remainder of the females met a firm trade for some very good quality animals forward, and saw both Jones and McCarthy achieving top prices again in the Shearling classes. This time it was a Ballycreelly ewe, again the judge’s choice in this section, who led the trade with a 750 guinea bid from Jodie Hooks, Northallerton. This Ballycreelly Why Not sired ewe out of a Glenrafon George dam sold in lamb with twins to top 1% SRS stock ram Yarcombe Flashman.
Next for the shearling ewes was a 600 guinea bid which secured another Maes Glas lot, this time by Lindsey Hunter and in lamb to Maes Glas Commander, sold to Cormack & McDowell to join their champion ewe lamb purchase and who completed their days shopping with a Ballycreely ewe lamb for 450 guineas. New breeder Matt Drummond, Cassington, Maybole, Ayrshire, more renowned for success through the Blue Faced Leicester ring, and one who realizes the importance of genetic progress through recording, chose to start his Hampshire Down enterprise with two ewes from the Galbraith’s Graylen Flock with bids for 550 and 560 guineas securing the second placed shearling ewe and her flock mate.
Taking Reserve Champion slot in the show was an older ewe from E J Cresswell, an eye-catching one crop ewe by Westland Domino, and sold in lamb to Edison Edge to Jodie Hooks’ Halikeld Flock for 480 guineas. McCarthys thought more of their second place ewe than the 500 guineas bid, but the price was enough to secure their third placed 2 crop ewe in lamb to Ballycreely What The Devil, selling to C Padgett, Lancaster.
The day’s success revolved around the very good females forward and with only a small number of rams offered they proved more difficult to sell to a largely pedigree audience looking for females at this time of year.
Sale Averages: 10 Ewe Lambs £558. 31 Shearling ewes £381. 17 Older ewes £238.
Auctioneers: Harrison & Hetherington.