Hampshire Down ewes were bid to a top of 850gns in Ballymena at the breed association’s Ireland show and sale on 3 October.

Sale leader at 850gns was a shearling ewe by Wattisfield Bertie Boy and scanned in lamb to Yarcombe Flashman who is within the breed’s top 1%. Bred and exhibited by Kevin and Anna McCarthy, Comber, she sold to Roger Laird, Strabane.

The McCarthy’s offered the next two highest lots from their Ballycreelly flock. Mary Gordon, Enniscrone, Sligo paid 470gns for an aged ewe by Ballycreelly Devilsadvocate and scanned in lamb to Flashman, whilst the day’s reserve champion, a homebred ewe lamb by Wattisfield What Not was secured for 400gns by Edgar Johnston, Cookstown.  A second 400gns bid was made WJ Craig, Ballymena for an in lamb shearling ewe by Yarcombe Topper from Tony McGrath, Dungannon. Another in lamb shearling ewe from the same breeder, this time by Ballycreelly What Next made 380gns to K Wilson, Moneymore.

Selling twice at 380gns were two aged ewes from John and Olive Mercer, Dromore to Brian Kennedy Moira. One was by their homebred Moybrick Tumbler and the other by Knockstacken Quartz. The same purchaser went to 350gns for an aged ewe by Loughan Moss from J,A and J Fletcher, Newtownards. 

A bid of 370gns secured a Parkstock bred aged ewe by Dunraven Jewel from Peter and Heather Stevenson, Portadown from William Young, Magherafelt. 

Judge Janet Hill with her choice for Champion, an older ewe from Peter & Heather Stevenson's Lenaderg Flock

Judge Janet Hill with her choice for Champion, an older ewe from Peter & Heather Stevenson's Lenaderg Flock


Auctioneers: Ballymena Livestock Market

Skipton Females peak at 750 guineas

Hampshire Down ewes sold to a top of 750gns at the North East sale in Skipton on Friday 30 September.

Sale leader at 750gns was a Wilstrop bred shearling ewe by Whitehead Dylan from Graham and Judith Galbraith, Kendal, Cumbria to R Melling, Scarisbrick, Lancashire. The Galbraiths also sold a homebred shearling ewe by Graylen d’Artagnan at 550gns to Peter Beers, Holland, and a a Clogherny Hogan sired ewe lamb at 420gns to Andrew Jones, Wymondham, Norfolk.

Other leading shearling ewes included an entry at 480gns by Maes-Glas Theodore from EB and SA Jones, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire to P Strickland, Lancaster. The same purchaser also secured the top priced ewe lamb at 480gns from Lisa Chasney's Wilstrop flock. She was by Whitehead Gladiator and within the breed’s top 1%. 

Two more shearling ewe entries from EB and SA Jones attracted a 400gns bid. First to go was by Maes-Glas Warrior and sold to P Strickland whilst the second 400gns bid was made by R Melling for a Maes-Glas Musketeer sired entry.

Averages: 1 shearling ram £210.00; 5 ewe lambs £378.00; 8 shearling ewes £417.00

Auctioneers: CCM Auctions