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.’
Shearing Ewes – £479.50
Ewe lambs – £408.33
Shearling rams - £535.33
Ram lambs – £673.58
Auctioneers: Halls. Shrewsbury.