Females sell out at the Northern Ireland Sale

Hampshire’s on the crest of a wave.

The atmosphere was electric on Saturday 11th Sept at Beattie Livestock Mart, Omagh, with high demand for Hampshire Down sheep. There was a 100% clearance of ewes of all ages topping at 1350gns and a 71% clearance of rams.

Judging the show was Trevor Fegan of Loughbrickland. Trevor stated “The sheep I judged were of excellent quality and it made my judging a lot harder. I was very impressed with the sheep quality overall today”.

Champion on the day was a Shearling Ram bred from Kevin & Anna McCarthy’s Ballycreelly flock. This high indexed ram sired by Ballycreelly What The Devil and from Yarcombe Ewe sold on the day for 520 gns to Butcher Alfie Murray from Ballygowan.

The Reserve champion was an Aged Ewe bred from Sean & Gillian Doyle’s Loughbrae flock. This strong stylish Ewe sired by Yarcombe Flashman and from a Ballyvester Ewe sold for 540gns to Judge Trevor Fegan of Loughbrickland.

 

Rodney Wilson of Aimney Flock sold his 1st placed Shearling ewe for 860gns to Mr Padraig Geraghty. The ewe sired by Cloghemy Mr T and from a Moyallon ewe caught the eye of Mr Geraghty and heading to settle in his flock in Galway. Mr Geraghty also received a £25 voucher for Fane Valley as highest bidder in Shearling Ewe section.

The sale finished on a high with Kevin McCarthy’s Creelly flock selling their stylish Ewe lamb and first prize winner for 1350gns. The Ewe lamb sired by Glenbrook Redemption and from a Ballycreelly ewe saw a bidding war online and in mart, with new owner Mr John Hourigan of  Donard Co Wicklow taking her back to his new commercial flock. Mr Horrigan also received a £25 voucher for Fane Valley as highest bidder in Ewe Lamb section.

Hampshire Down sheep are becoming more and more recognised for their efficiency to finish off grass quickly without creep, and offering a highly sustainable option to commercial sheep producers.

The club would like to wish all purchasers all the success with their new additions to their flocks. A very big thank you to Judge Trevor Fegan, all staff at Beattie Livestock Mart including a special thank you to auctioneer Richard Beattie and Fane Valley for their kind sponsorship.

Reserve Champion from LOUGHBRAE

First Prize Shearling Ewe from AIMNEY

First Prize and Top priced Animal from CREELLY

Purchaser of the top priced sheep – John Hourigan

Show Results

Shearling ram

1st Kevin McCarthy CREELLY

2nd KP & AE McCarthy BALLYCREELLY

3rd Peter Lawson GLENBROOK

Aged ewe

1st Sean & Gillian Doyle LOUGHBRAE

2nd John & Olive Mercer MOYBRICK

3rd J & A Fletcher LOUGHAN MOSS

Shearling ewe

1st Rodney Wilson AIMNEY

2nd Sean & Gillian Doyle LOUGHBRAE

3rd J & A Fletcher LOUGHAN MOSS

Ewe Lamb

1st Kevin McCarthy CREELLY

2nd James Johnston BROADWATER

3rd Allen & Victoria McFadden ASHLEY

Ram Lamb

1st: Kevin McCarthy CREELLY

2nd Kevin McCarthy CREELLY

3rd Robbie Sloane DRUMLOUGH

CHAMPION : Kevin McCarthy CREELLY Shearling Ram

RESERVE CHAMPION: Sean & Gillian Doyle LOUGHBRAE Aged Ewe

 

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