Pedigree sales are proving to be tough going this year with all breed sale reports showing  that although the top sheep are selling well, clearances are down.

The top sale price of the day was 420gns, paid for the first prize shearling ewe from John Craigs’ Lumb flock. The ewe by Court Chief out of a Yarcombe Creation ewe was the highest index shearling ewe in the sale. The buyer was D.W. & S. Taylor from Earlston, Berwickshire.

Following closely was the first prize ram lamb, at 400gns from Peter Lawsons’ Glenbrook flock, Northern Ireland, which sold to CB Farms, Newton Le Willows. A Loughbrae Black Knight son out of a Loughbrae Stowaway ewe.

The pre-sale Show was judged by Roy McFarlane whose choice for Supreme Champion was a shearling ram from Eleanor, Annabel & Andrew Jones’ Morley flock. The Eastfortune Douglas son was out of a Springfarm Neptune ewe. He sold to John Craigs’ Lumb flock for 340gns.

The Female Champion and overall Reserve Champion was a ewe lamb from Graham and Judith Galbraiths’ Graylen flock. The ewe lamb was by Graylen Javelin, a high index ram used as part of the AHDB’s RamCompare Project and who has bred multiple prize winners, out of Kelsey ewe, she sold to Stuart Friswell for 300gns. 

The second prize ewe lamb also from the Graylen flock, a Kelsey Overlord daughter bred from a Graylen D’artagnan ewe, sold  for 320gns.

The red rosette-winning older ewe from Stephen Short’s Highcliffe flock, Halifax was a four year old Ballycreelly ewe.  It sold locally to R C Lee of Keighley for 240gns.

Overall trade was steady and selective with noticeable interest in sheep which showed quality alongside high EBVs.

Averages –

Ewe to 240gns av £231

Shearling Ewe to 420gns av £325

Ewe Lamb to 320gns av £233

Shearling Ram to 340gns av £285

Ram Lamb to 400gns av £420