A centre record ram price of 1,000gns was set at Skipton at the Hampshire Down Sheep Breeders’ Association official show and sale on Friday.
Leading the sale at 1,000gns was the reserve champion, a shearling ram from K P and A E McCarthy, Comber,
Sired by Glanrafon George and out of a home-bred ewe, this one was knocked down sold to I Kelly, Marown, Isle of Man. The same breeders went on to sell another shearling ram at 720gns. This one was by Ballycreelly Nobleman and out of a home-bred ewe, selling to Denton Park Estate, Ilkley,
The McCarthys continued their success into the female trade with a ewe lamb at 500gns by Glanrafon George and out of a home-bred ewe. She was secured by A and G Pink,
Next at 600gns was a shearling ewe from J Galbraith and Son,
A bid of 480gns secured a three shear ewe from S Williams, Market Rasen,
Averages: 10 in-lamb aged ewes £327.60; 9 in-lamb shearling ewes £341.83; 11 ewe lambs £337.91; 4 shearling rams £711.36. (CCM Auctions)