Beltex ram lambs start strong at Carlisle

Beltex ram lambs have followed the strong trend set by their shearling counterparts earlier in the day, with the trade brisk and firm for the best lambs.

Topping trade so far is Colin Barnes with a 3000gns sale from his Beechtree flock. This one, an ET bred lamb is by Viagrow V/d Drie Musschen and out of Southolm Jinty and sold to join the Tiree flock of Alasdair MacLean.

Also in the money was Andrew Baillie when he sold the second lamb into the ring for 2000gns. This February-born entry is by Ardstewart Charles and out of Calla Helen and was second prize tup lamb at the Highland this year.

Selling at 1600gns was the vendor of the 10,000gns shearling, William Crabbe, his lamb the aptly named Ardstewart Mr Muscle sold at 1600gns, while another from the same home made 1300gns just afterwards.