Royal Show Charollais sale draws the crowds
By Jeremy Hunt
CHAROLLAIS sires met a lively trade at the inaugural "Tip Top Tup" sale of rams held at the Royal Show just ahead of the breeds official tupping time.
Organised by the British Char-ollais Sheep Society, it was aimed at giving pedigree breeders the chance to capitalise on an audience of prospective buyers at the show.
Some breeders admitted in previous years that tempting private offers had been made at the Royal for rams, but turned down. Promises by interested parties to bid for these at official sales later in the month were not always upheld.
"With big classes of Charollais on parade, it is a great chance for potential buyers to assess future stock tups and have the chance to buy them," said BCSS chief executive, Jonathan Barber.
The sale, which followed the breed judging, attracted a good crowd and although several sheep were sold for four-figure deals outside the ring, the top price under the hammer was a 4500gns call for a ram lamb from Mr Barbers Crogham flock at Wymondham, Norfolk.
The December-born ET-bred lamb was by Crogham Commissioner and had a BCSS scheme index of 233 and EBV trait scores of 2.55mm muscle and 0.00mm fat. The lamb, which stood second in the performance recorded class at the show, was bought by Mary Tulloch for her Rutland flock at Oakham, Rutland.
Royal Show judge Robert Gregory, who owns the Edstaston flock in Shropshire, saw his "sale only" entry make 2000gns. He offered the show winning 1997-bred tup Castellau Candyman which sold to The Earl of Shrewsbury and Talbot for his Ingestre flock at Uttoxeter.
Mr Barber had a stake in another of the sales high prices as joint owner of Tullyear Rolls Royce. This shearling is owned in partnership with Hertfordshire breeder Nigel Collins after it was bought for 1600gns to top the lambs at the 1997 Portadown sale. The ram heads for the Findatie flock of James Kinnaird at Kinross at 1000gns.
And Mrs Tulloch recouped some of her investment in the top priced entry when she received 950gns for a ram lamb by Rutland Jackpot, first-prize winner at last years Royal Welsh and selected for the breeds 1999 sire reference scheme. Buyers were J G Gwilliam and Son, north Wales.
A shearling from Carmarthen-shire breeder Lionel Organs Southam flock realised 850gns to L Whitland, Herefordshire.
Averages: 17 rams £1114. (Lawrie and Symington) *