Snowy weather didn’t deter Bluefaced Leicester breeders from turning out for the breed association’s annual female sale at Carlisle this week where a smart ewe from the Booth family’s noted Smearsett flock topped the trade at 4,800gns.
“Buyers were definitely a bit picky but anyone with good sheep to sell had a successful day. The breed is still in a very strong position,” commented breed association chairman John Stott from Chipping,
The leading Smearsett ewe is a three shear and from the family’s flock at Austwick, near
“She’s an ET-bred ewe and has produced some good gimmers for us,” said Robin Booth. “Buyers were careful and the weather didn’t help, but I think most will have been satisfied with the outcome.”
The strength of the ewe lamb trade produced the day’s second highest call of 3,600gns when two bidders decided to share a much admired ewe lamb that had taken the championship. Michael James had braved the bad weather conditions and travelled north from mid
By 2496/A5 Hawkswell and out of a ewe by 2070/A5 Old Hemley, she was bought jointly by M Thornborrow, Stobo, Peebleshire and K and R Campbell, Lochgoilhead, Isle of Bute. The four ewe lambs from Duhonw averaged £2,021.
John Smith Jackson decided to cash-in a really good ewe lamb by the home-bred tup 1080/C2 Shafthill selling for 3,200gns. The ewe lamb, from his flock at Haltwhistle, is out of a ewe by 980/P3 Hewgill, had been flushed and four embryos retained. She is from one of the flock’s best families and her dam bred two of the highest priced females to be sold from the Shafthill flock. Buyer was A Lodge, Settle,
Also heading for the Cowden flock at 2800gns was a flockmate – a ewe lamb by 2969/B13 Smearsett.
Averages: seven ewes £1,182; 51 shearling gimmers £1,012; 42 ewe lambs £1,034.
Harrison and Hetherington