Trade at Saturday’s sale of Hampshire Downs at Carlisle was strong, resulting in a new female record for the breed being set at 1020gns.

Taking this top price was a shearling ewe by Wattisfield What Not and out of a dam by Yarcombe Highflyer from Jim and Patsi Cresswell, Diss. This one, which was breed champion at the Highland Show this year and who’s sire was a member of the interbreed pairs champions from last year’s Highland, sold to Maud Blanchard, Avonbridge.

Second best call of 750gns was made by Messrs Dent, Penrith, when buying a ewe lamb from Kevin and Anne McCarthy’s Co Down-based flock. This one is by Ballycreelly Nobleman and out of a dam by Yarcombe Reference.

Selling at 720gns was a shearling ewe from the McCarthys. This is a  Moneycarragh Millionaire daughter out of a dam by Yarcombe Reference. Following that at 700gns was a shearling ewe from Charles and Sally Horrell, this one is out of a dam by Owlesbury Xerxes and sold to Mrs Blanchard.

Three then traded at 520gns, the first being another similarly bred ewe lamb from the McCarthys which also went to Messrs Dent.

Second at this price was a one-lamb ewe from Jim Cresswell which was part of last year’s interbreed pairs winning team at the Highland. She is by Parkstock Playboy and sold to the Dents too. Finally at this money was a shearling ewe from the Horrells which sold to David and Denise Middleditch, Sudbury. This is an Owlesbury Xerxes daughter. Selling at 500gns was a ewe by Wattisfield Topper which sold to G Mountain, Harrogate, for Jim Cresswell.                                                                                                                             

Shearling tups sold to 400gns twice, with the first of these calls made for an Owlsebury Yeoman son from the Middleditchs, which sold to Andrew and Caroline Iveson, Penrith. Second at this money was one from David Smith and Jennifer Atkinson, Market Rasen. He is by Yarcombe Erroll and out of a Hillhouse sired ewe.