31 May 2002

Charollais are stars of first pedigree sale

By Jeremy Hunt North-west correspondent

THE first sale of pedigree breeding sheep to be held in England for over a year saw pedigree Charollais ewes reach 2100gns when Charles and Valerie Marwood staged a reduction from their Foulrice flock.

The sale, held on their North Yorks farm at Whenby, near York, was a ground-breaking exercise for trading standards staff and DEFRA vets but the Marwoods had nothing but praise for the way both authorities assisted buyers to fulfil movement regulations.

"It was a first for us all and I know a lot of other breeders were waiting to see how we coped but everything went like clockwork," said Mr Marwood.

Herefordshire-based auctioneer Julian Gallimore, of Brightwells, was on the rostrum to take the days highest bid from John Siviter from Tenbury, Worcs.

A large proportion of the 140 shearling gimmers were by Westonvale Jubilee, a ram that has been a great success at Foulrice since joining the flock following his championship win at the breeds societys Premier sale in 1999.

As expected the top priced gimmer was a Jubilee daughter bred out of a Cairnhill Crusader-sired dam. She has a high Sire Reference Scheme performance index of 162.

All the gimmers on offer had been scrapie genotyped.

Mr Siviter was busy throughout the sale taking 11 lots in total, costing £5943 and averaging £540. He also gave 750gns for another gimmer with good performance figures (SRS index 185) bred out of a ewe by Artnagullion Pioneer.

South Wales breeder Lionel Organ, who was buying for Malcolm Reid from Northern Ireland, gave 1600gns for a Jubilee gimmer out of a ewe by Southam Prospector – a tup bred by Mr Organ.

Bill and Carol Ingham from Aberdeen paid 1200gns for a Jubilee gimmer with a SRS index of 157 that puts her in the breeds top 10%.

David Dennis, who runs the Silton flock at Thirsk, North Yorks, bought seven gimmers to average £342. His most expensive purchase was a Jubilee gimmer at 700gns. She has a high SRS index of 169, a top 5% breed rating. (Brightwells) &#42