A packed ringside saw a flying trade for pedigree Suffolk females at Ballymena Mart with an 84% clearance rate for the 68 inlamb gimmers and ewes put up for sale.
The top price of 4,400gns went to a Strathisla Speedson daughter out of a Strathisla Schumacher ewe. This one was put forward by AJ & NAJ Robinson who hold the Benrafton Flock; it goes to a new home with Michael O’Neill from Wexford.
Mr O’Neill also paid 2,400gns for a Benrafton Stoner’s Chip sired ewe out of a Strathisla Speed dam. Both ewes, bought by Mr O’Neill were inlamb to Benrafton Right Said Fred, a homebred son of Jubilee Jethro.
The overall champion of the sale was a Cairness New Approach gimmer, out of a Boreland Buddah dam. This one was put forward by AR Gault, who has the Forkins Flock. She is inlamb to Forkins Fantastic and sold for 3,100gns to new breeders, the Suffern family, from Maghera.
Reserve champion on the day was awarded to John McKay’s (Kirkview Flock) Conveth Master Piece gimmer inlamb to Malinhead Powerhouse. She also sold to the Suffern family for 1,600gns.
Continuing with the high prices on the day, the Robinsons also achieved 2,400gns for another Speedson daughter out of a Strathisla Schumacher ewe. This one was snapped up by Irish breeder, Oliver Deane.
All in all, the Robinsons were the largest vendors on the night selling 13 lots to an average of £1,193. While Alistair Gault received the highest overall average of £1,344.