Premier Charollais event draws pick of the flocks
By Tim Relf
COMMERCIAL buyers were out in force at the British Charollais Sheep Societys Premier Show and Sale at Banbury on Saturday. Trade levelled at £590 for 64 shearling rams and £548 for 127 ram lambs.
The sale saw 50 vendors offering the cream of their stock from the very best flocks UK-wide. And although numbers may have been down on last year, the quality on offer was described by auctioneer Brian Pile as "greatly improved".
Judge Ian Innes of Inverness-shire found his male champion in a December 1994-born animal from the Logan flock of Messrs Hyslop, Castle Douglas. He later backed his judgement by buying it for 1450gns.
Ian Innes himself exhibited two pens but could not show them. His first lamb in the ring "one of the best he had ever bred" proved to be the highlight of the sale, making 10,000gns to John Geldard, Gilpin Bridge, Cumbria.
Mr Geldard, a well known face at the sale, was investing some of the returns from his own pen of nine lambs, which sold to 2000gns and averaged £810.83.
The reserve champion came from the Crogham flock of Jonathan Barber, Wymondham, Norfolk, and made 6000gns to James Neil and W L Hyslop and Son. The female champion, also from Mr Barber, remained unsold. LEADING CONSIGNOR AVES: Shearling rams – Graham Reid £1106, G Meyrick and Sons £1034. Ram lambs – Ian Innes £2018, Jonathan Barber £1163, W L Hyslop and Son £880. AVERAGES: 64 shearling rams £590, 127 ram lambs £548. (Midland Marts.) *
Ewan Hyslop with his male and supreme champion at Banbury.