Hampshire Down females achieved a new 1,200gns centre breed record in Skipton at the breed association’s north east region annual show and sale last Friday (3 October).
Sale leader at 1,200gns was reserve champion, a shearling ewe by Ballycreelly Why Not, out of a Ballyvester sired ewe and in-lamb to Yarcombe Topper.
Bred and exhibited by Kevin McCarthy, Comber, County Down she sold to A and C Farms, Langham, Oakham together with three more entries from the same breeder.
They included the day’s next highest entry at 1,000gns, the champion, a ewe lamb by Wattisfield What Not and out of a Ballycreelly sired ewe. At 900gns, A and C Farms secured another ewe lamb from Mr McCarthy, this time by Ballycreely Why Not, while their final 850gns call went to a shearling ewe by Wattisfield What Not and in-lamb to Topper.
Two more Ballycreelly Why Not sired females were in the money for Mr McCarthy. A shearling ewe in-lamb to Topper made 750gns to L Brown, Coldstream while a ewe lamb sold for 600gns to P Strickland, Austwick, Lancaster.
A second 850gns bid secured a shearling ewe from Graham and Judith Galbraith, Endmoor, Kendal for R Dewey, St Andrews. Sired by Lindsey Excel, she was sold in-lamb to Millfields Foyle. The same purchaser went to 620gns and 400gns for two ewe lambs by Yarcombe Surprise from Tim Hunter, Fotherby, Louth, while his shearling ewe by Surprise and in-lamb to St Paul Harold made 650gns to JR Stead, Sinderby, Thirsk.
Averages: Nine aged ewes, £339.50; 10 shearling ewes, £655.95; six ewe lambs, £651.