PREMIER SALE SHREWSBURY

Averages up at the Hampshire Down Premier Sale at Shrewsbury.

While temperatures soared outside on the hottest day of the year so far, the ring-side atmosphere was also hot at the Hampshire Down Premier Breeders’ Sale held at Halls Livestock Centre Shrewsbury, with averages and clearance rates up on recent years.

Buyers were in a buoyant mood with a top call of 1,550gns for a ram lamb from the Ballycreelly flock of K. P. & A. E. McCarthy, County Down. This outstanding lamb out of a home bred ewe by Clogherny Eric sired by Ballycreelly 007 by Ballycreelly What the Devil, is travelling to Bridgwater to charollais breeders P. J. Tully, to join their flock of Hampshire Downs.

The winner of the Hampshire Down National Show the previous week at the Royal Three Counties a ram lamb from J & G Galbraiths’ Graylen flock, Cumbria was knocked down to the judge for that show, Kevin McCarthy for 1,500gns. Out of another home bred ewe by Graylen Harley, it is sired by Graylen Laird. Combining figures and conformation, this top-quality lamb is in the top 1% for growth and gigot muscularity EBVs’ in the breeds’ 2019 lamb crop.

Selling to R Smiths & M Jones’ Birchfield flock, Telford, was the breed champion at the recent Devon County show and one of the interbreed group of 3 winners from the same show. From A Rundles’ Treworthal flock, Newquay, it was knocked down at 1,000gns. This ram lamb is by Treworthal Savea who also sired the top price at Stirling sale earlier this year.

Shearling rams peaked at 600gns from E & A Jones’ Morley flock, Wymondham, Norfolk selling to S Harries’ Llainterfyn flock, Whitland, Pembrokeshire. This son of Thorbeck Montague by Kelsey Nobleman is out of a Graylen ewe, he stood third in the his class at the pre-sale show.

Female trade was lively, with a top price of 700gns for a shearling ewe, who won her class in the pre-sale show judged by Mike Adams. Bred by D & D Middleditch & Son from their St Paul flock, Sudbury, Suffolk she is by Ashley Jackpot who is sired by Ashley Blackjack. This ewe will be heading north to K & A Knowles’ Roadinghead flock, Cumnock, Ayrshire. Next at 520gns selling to Amy Byford, Lawshall, Suffolk, was a shearling ewe bred by J & G Galbraith from the Graylen flock by Graylen Javelin by Yarcombe Iceman.

D. C. & A & E Ritchie & Halcrows’ Parkstock flock received the top ewe lamb bid at 520gns for a Whitehead Draco sired ewe lamb. This lamb will be joining L & R Krypczyk & Davies’ Lynrics flock, Henlow Bedfordshire.

Halls auctioneer Jonny Dymond commented, ‘the very best Hampshires were on offer today with many of them being sold having competed at the National Show the previous week. Buyers were prepared to spend money on the right genetics and best sheep.’

Averages:

Shearing Ewes – £479.50

Ewe lambs – £408.33

Shearling rams - £535.33

Ram lambs – £673.58

Auctioneers: Halls. Shrewsbury.

Top Priced Lots:

Lot 48 Ram Lamb 1550 gns BALLYCREELLY 54S1901044 by Ballycreelly 007 out of a homebred ewe. Sold to P J Tully, Bridgwater, Somerset

Lot 48 Ram Lamb 1550 gns BALLYCREELLY 54S1901044 by Ballycreelly 007 out of a homebred ewe. Sold to P J Tully, Bridgwater, Somerset

Lot 57 Ram Lamb 1500 gns GRAYLEN 24Y1903763 by Graylen Laird out of a homebred ewe. Sold to K P & A E McCarthy, Ballycreelly

Lot 57 Ram Lamb 1500 gns GRAYLEN 24Y1903763 by Graylen Laird out of a homebred ewe. Sold to K P & A E McCarthy, Ballycreelly

LOT 7 Top price Female 700 gns ST PAUL 15X1800678 by Ashley Jackpot out of a homebred ewe. Sold to K Knowles, Cumnock, Ayrshire

LOT 7 Top price Female 700 gns ST PAUL 15X1800678 by Ashley Jackpot out of a homebred ewe. Sold to K Knowles, Cumnock, Ayrshire

Scottish Premier Sale, STIRLING

The Premier Scottish Sale of rams and females held at Stirling on 22nd May peaked at 1100gns for a ram lamb from Adrian Rundles’ Treworthal flock. A son of Treworthal Savea out of a Whitehead ewe by Whitehead Galileo, it was also champion on the day and was knocked down to S & A Moores’ Ballhall flock, Brechin, Angus.

It was a worthwhile journey of over 500 miles from Cornwall as Rundles’ Treworthal flock also took the next best price for a ram lamb at 500gns. This time knocked down to D & K Milnes’ Longcroft flock, Insch, Aberdeenshire, again by Treworthal Savea out of a Treworthal ewe by Ballycreelly Seamus.

Judge for the day Martin Sivill took home one of the lots from Northern Ireland, purchasing his second placed ram lamb from J & O Mercer, Moybrick flock

J & R McFarlane & L Rennies’ Lecropt flock from Stirling, achieved the highest price female of the day with a shearling ewe sold to F & J Glass and Robinsons’ Entineer flock, Alford, Aberdeenshire knocked down at 520gns. This high quality ewe is by Kelsey Fantastic, out of a home-bred ewe, by Thorbeck Chieftain.

At 500gns from A Rundles’ Treworthal flock, was a Treworthal Savea sired ewe lamb, which also took reserve champion on the day, which is now joining G & J Galbraiths’ Graylen flock, Kendal, Cumbria.

Next at 480gns knocked down to J W & S Taylors’ Bridgehaugh flock, a ewe lamb from J & B Hill’s Isle of Bute flock. Sired by Yarcombe Pythagoras out of a Normanby ewe by Pode Hole Hector, she will be travelling to Earlston, Berwickshire. Taylor also bought two more ewe lambs from Isle of Bute and Ballycreelly to add to his newly established flock.

The top 3 prices for shearling rams were from the 2018 National Flock Competition winner, Hazel Hindmarch, Fellrose flock, with all three staying in Scotland. The top price of 500gns was knocked down to D. Scott’s Speyside flock, Ballindalloch, Banffshire. This Fellrose Kris sired ram is out of a Fellrose ewe by Lindsey Tomasz. Also knocked down at 500gns was another Fellrose Kris sired ram bought by C Gilchrist, Dunbar, East Lothian.

With lively interest at the ringside both clearance rates and averages were up on last year with buyers happy to bid on quality lots.

HDSBA President Roy McFarlane, sponsor of the ram lamb class presents the prize to the overall champion and top price ram lamb from R A Rundle, Treworthal. Selling for 1100 gns to Stuart & Alison Moore, Balhall Flock

HDSBA President Roy McFarlane, sponsor of the ram lamb class presents the prize to the overall champion and top price ram lamb from R A Rundle, Treworthal. Selling for 1100 gns to Stuart & Alison Moore, Balhall Flock

Averages:

Ram lambs £502

Shearling rams £472

Ewe lambs £386

Shearling ewes £425

Auctioneers: United Auctions