Bluefaced Leicester breeders enjoyed a flying female trade at Carlisle on Monday, with buyers from across the UK eager to invest in the best bloodlines available.
Taking the top call in the sale at 6900gns was the pre-sale champion, a hogg from Richard Hutchinson’s Kirkby Redgate flock. This one is by £11,000 sire A1 Hewgill and out of a dam by the noted sire W1 Keerwas. She sold in a two way split to Nothern Irish breeders Hugh Henry, Starbog and Graham and Julie Loughery, Temain.Second best of the day was a 4800gns call for another of the hoggs, this time from Messrs Lord’s Hewgill flock. This one, by Z14 Hewgill, had stood third in the pre-sale show and sold to James Porter, Riddings.Then making 3800gns was the best of the day from Henry Gass, Nunscleugh. This was a hogg by homebred sire A8 Nunscleugh which sold to K J McGrath, Co Donegal.
At 2700gns was one from Builth Wells-based Michael James. This was hogg by B1 Duhonw and out of a dam by Y4 Tan House. She went back to Wales with M Roberts.A pair of in-lamb shearlings then sold at the next best call of 2600gns. First to make this money was one from the Hewgill entry of Messrs Lord. This was a V45 Hewgill daughter out of a dam by M8 Hewgill. Sold in lamb to B41 Hewgill, she went to Jimmy Bell for the Cottage flock.Second at this money was the best from the Midlock consignment from the Wight family. This was a daughter of £6000 sire A2 Craigskean and carrying twins to Midlock Controversy. She sold to R Loughery, Northern Ireland.Then another from the same home made 2400gns. This time an X001 Riddings daughter out of a dam by V003 Bull and Cave. She was also in-lamb to Controversy and sold to Gordon Gray, Selkirk.Selling at 2200gns was one from Jimmy Bell’s Cottage consignment. This was a hogg by A1 Glenane Magners out of a dam by W23 Welland. She sold to E D Harkin, Dunamanagh, Strabane.
Three then sold at 2000gns, with the first being the reserve champion from the pre-sale show,a hogg by Z14 Hewgill. She sold to Tom Willoughby, Penhill. Second to make this money was another from Michael James, a hogg by B1 Duhonw. She went to W P Sutcliffe.
And the final sale at this price was the best price in the dispersal of traditionally-bred portion of the Archer family’s Carry House flock. This was for a shearling by X4Heddon Valley and carrying twins to B4 Broomhills. She sold to R McClymount.
Averages; 57 ewes £498.11, 57 shearlings £817.53, 33 ewe hoggs £1385.05, (Harrison and Hetherington)