Sizzling Trade for Females at the NI Export Sale

There was a strong trade for sheep at the 2023 Hampshire Down NI club Premier export sale on Saturday 24th of June held at Beattie’s Livestock Mart, Omagh. Bids came from online clients as well as from those present in the mart and saw a 100% clearance of females, with successful bidders from including some from France, Yorkshire, ROI and Northamptonshire.

Annora Whitley of the Eldron Flock Co. Meath, whose flock was established in 1982 had the hard task judging the classes. Her Champion came from the Ballycreelly Flock of K P & A E McCarthy, Comber. This smart ram lamb was sired by Ballycreelly Homerun, the top priced ram at the societies Premier Sale in 2020 and out of a homebred ewe. A very well grown ram with width and plenty of style. He was bought for the top male price of 750gns by Tony McGrath for his Clogherny Flock and heading back to Brantry Dungannon

Females took the top price of the day realising 800gns for the Reserve Champion from the show classes and was presented by J, A & Jonathan Fletcher, Loughan Moss Flock. This impressive strong ewe stood out to the Judge seeing her placed 1st in her class and then being crowned Reserve Champion. This homebred shearling ewe sired by Loughan Moss Gamma and from a home bred ewe, comes from a strong line, seeing her sisters being placed in RUAS 1st,2nd and 5th this year and was bought by breeder Rodney Wilson. Speaking after the sale, buyer Rodney said, “she is a very striking ewe and will be a great addition to the flock”.

There were some very nice ewe lambs shown and a lovely lamb from K P & A E McCarthy’s Ballycreelly flock winning the class. This ewe lamb was purchased by an online bidder for 520gns and is heading to Northamptonshire.

The club would like to thank Richard Beattie and all his staff at Beatties Livestock sale, our Judge Mrs Annora Whitley and our sponsor of the day Danske Bank.

Averages

Ram Lambs £450

Shearling Ewes £544

Ewe lambs  £500.

Show results

Overall Champion and Top Price Male (750gns)

KP & AE McCarthy BALLYCREELLY Ram Lamb

Reserve Champion and Top Price Female (800gns)

J, A & J Fletcher LOUGH MOSS Shearling Ewe

 

Shearling Ram

1st Dermot Gardiner BALLYCREGGY

2nd A&V McFadden ASHLEY

3rd J, A and Jonathan Fletcher LOUGHAN MOSS

Ram lamb

1st KP & AE McCarthy BALLYCREELLY

2nd Rodney Wilson AIMNEY

3rd Graham Manson DUNRAVEN

Shearling Ewe

1st J, A and Jonathan Fletcher LOUGHAN MOSS

2nd KP & AE McCarthy BALLYCREELLY

3rd KP & AE McCarthy BALLYCREELLY

Ewe Lamb

1st KP & AE McCarthy BALLYCREELLY

2nd Peter and Harry Stevenson LENADERG

3rd Graham Manson DUNRAVEN

Group of three

1st KP & AE McCarthy BALLYCREELLY

Pair of Ram lambs

1st KP & AE McCarthy BALLYCREELLY

2nd Rodney Wilson AIMNEY

3rd Graham Manson DUNRAVEN

 

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