The Beltex Sheep Society’s Premier twenty second annual show and sale saw 1,231 rams and females forward, topping at 10,000gns.
The sale held last Friday (15 August) at Borderway Mart, Carlisle, saw a January-born ram lamb leading the trade. Quarrymount William Wallace, son of Ardstewart Mr Bow Jangles and out of a homebred Beechtree Keystone sired mother was shown by Brian Mathews, Co Offaly, Ireland. He was secured by a three way partnership of Andrew Baillie, Messrs Taylor and Messrs Lawrie, all of Lanarkshire.
Next highest at 9,000gns was shearling ram, Rathbone Tony, from Messrs Davis, Austwick, Lancaster. The March-2013-born son of Rathbone Leader was out of Rathbone Jackie and secured by half shares from W and A McCrabbe, CoDonegal and B McAllister, Co Antrim.
Another ram lamb took the third highest price of 8,000gns, this time from the Kingledores pen of Richard Wood, Biggar, Lanarkshire. Kingledores Wigglesworth, a son of Glenkeen Sanders and out of a Clary Prankster bred mother, his dam is also full sister to Kingledores Sapphire who sold at Carlisle last year for 5,500gns. He sold to AJ Wood, Preston, Lancashire.
Next up it was back to the shearling ring for 6,500gns Clary Talent, sired by Thimbleby Pegasus and bred from a Borderesk Leap Frog mother. Entered by sale judge, Jock McMillan, Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire, he was knocked down to Brian Hall, Ainstable, Carlisle.
A further two shearling rams sold for 6,000gns. First to sell was an entry from the Tiptop pen of Ali Jackson, Annan, Dumfries and Galloway. Tiptop Turbo was sired by Smart Ass Sparky and out of a mother by Airyolland King of Clubs. This Royal Highland Show overall champion went home with SE Hewitt, Penyffordd, Chester.
Also at the same money was the pre-sale male and supreme champion from Elizabeth McAllister, Ballymena, Northern Ireland. Artnagullion Tinky Winky a son of Woodies Snoop Dog, won his class at Balmoral Show and overall championship at the Irish National Show this season. He sold to Paul Slater, Macclesfield, Cheshire.
Topping the female entries at 3,500gns was the first gimmer from the Woodies pen of Stuart Wood, Westhill, Aberdeenshire. Woodies Too Hot by Kingledores Rascal was sold to Messrs Jones and Roberts, St Clears, Carmarthen.
Averages: 558 shearling rams, £997.63; 162 ram lambs, £1,116.90; seven aged rams, £1,267.50; 219 shearling gimmers, £620.36.
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The Premier show and sale saw an entry of 163 rams and females. Leading the trade was Haydon Kahlee, a January 2012-born ewe. Bred by Messrs Vile and Norman, Taunton, Somerset, this female champion and reserve supreme champion was sired by Winholme Viking and out of Haydon. She went home with Sally Shone, Maplas, Cheshire for 2,000gns.
The top price ram and second highest price of the day went to a February-born ram lamb, at 1,600gns. Bred by Peter Fraser, Conon-Bridge,Ross-Shire, he was by Maximum Lawman and out of Tighnahinch. Buyer was R Johnson, Northallerton, North Yorkshire.
Next was another ram lamb from the same vendor knocked down at 1,200gns. Tighnahinch Maestro went home with AL Mounsey, Wigton, Cumbria.
The twenty fifth show and sale met an entry of 120 rams and females topping at 1,700gns for a shearling ram.
Glenkeen Nimrod, sired by Tullyvallen Golden Box and out of Glengalliagh Letty, bred by JF Harbinson, Co Londonderry, Northern Ireland, went home with P Crowe, Co Cavan, Ireland.
Next at 950gns were two ram lambs from Patricia Imlah, New Machar, Aberdeen. The first, Bennachie Predator went to DJ and GA Watkins, Craswall, Hereford. Buyer of the second, Bennachie Parker was SA Rural Services, Churchill, Kent.