Cutting-edge genetics once again attracted a solid trade at Borderway’s Three Nations Sale of draft Suffolk females on Friday (17 November) as the Ballynacannon pen saw the highest bidding.

Calls of 6,500gns and 6,000gns were the highlights of the day for Ballynacannon Discovery daughter, which were provided by Dennis Taylor’s Ballynacannon flock, Coleraine, Northern Ireland.

However, trade failed to match the dizzying highs of last year when a Cairness gimmer set a new female breed record of 36,000gns and a Limestone ewe lamb made 10,000gns.

Topping at 6,500gns was a naturally born triplet out of a Limeston To-tal and Ballynacannon Beyonce daughter. This shearling is served to Rhaeadr Rio and is by Ballynacannon Discovery and knocked down to S Cobbald, Acton, Sudbury, Suffolk.

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Ballynacannon trade topper

The Ballynacannon trade topper made 6,500gns selling to S Cobbald, Acton, Suffolk © Alfie Shaw

Next at 6,000gns was a another shearling scanned in lamb to Lakeview Innuendo. She is out of Strathisla Shadrach daughter which bred sons to 20,000gns, 7,500gns and 5,500gns.

Boasting such an impressive back pedigree, which also included Celtic Starboy, she caught the eye of Michael McNally, Draperstown, Northern Ireland.

A Ballynaccanon shearling

A 6,000gns bid from Michael McNally, Draperstown, secured this Ballynaccanon shearling © Alfie Shaw

At 5,500gns came lots from the Limestone flock of Mark Priestley, Seaforde, Downpatrick, County Down, and S&W Tait’s Burnview flock, Lislap, County Tyrone.

Leading the Limestone pen was a Castleisle Knockout daughter in lamb with twins to Burnview Hitman, which was bought by Ronan McLaughlin, Malintown, County Donegal.

She is out of the outstanding 3,000gns Forkins Figo and was successfully flushed in August, retaining five embryos.

The leading Burnview entry

Burnview’s leading entry was knocked down to PW Poole, Shropshire for 5,500gns © Alfie Shaw

The Tait’s Burnview pen saw a 5,500gns call for a Birness Murray daughter, which was full sister to the 8,000gns Stirling champion last year. She scanned in lamb with twins to Burnview Hitman and is out of a Forkins Ferrari II ewe.

She has bred eight ram lambs that have averaged £2,895 and headed home with PW Poole, Beaconsfield, Shrewsbury.

At 5,000gns were two more Discovery daughters, although one was the leading lot from the Crewelands flock of Stephen Sufferin, Maghera, County Londonderry, and the other was Limestone offering.

Topping the Crewelands trade was a triplet out of a Birness Bacardi dam, which was billed as being the best Crewelands had ever offered for sale. She was scanned in-lamb with twins to Ballynacannon Booty Hunter and sold to D Brown, Bellaghy, County Derry.

Also making 5,000gns was a full sister to the Northern Ireland Championship from the Ballynacannon flock, which was knocked down to Michael Smyth, Limavady, County Londonderry.

She is another impressive offering out of a Limestone To-tal daughter and scanned in-lamb to Lakeview Innuendo.

Averages: Ballynacannon; 11 shearlings, £2,541; 4 ewes, £774.38; 2 ram lambs, £656.25; Bridgeview; 1 shearling £472.50; 3 ewes, £437.50; Brijon; 8 shearlings, £640.50; Burnview; 6 shearlings, £1,697.50; 2 ewes, £892.50; Crewelands; 10 shearlings, £1,304.42; £736.05; Limestone; 5 shearlings, £2,34.50; 8 ewe lambs, £1,614.38; Pyeston; 5 shearlings, £2,026.50; Solwaybank; 3 shearlings, £1,582; 3 ewes, £1,645 (Harrison and Hetherington)