Several female sheep breed records were set at Borderway Mart last weekend (26 September) when Texel, Blue Texel, Rouge and Hampshire Down went under the hammer.
Leading Hampshire Down female trade and setting a centre record for females at the breed association’s annual North West region show and sale was a homebred shearling ewe selling for 1,100gns. The Association said trade was flying for females, with a record £566 for 41 lots, the highest number of female entries sold at the centre.
The record breaking Glanrafon shearling ewe from J Borsey and M Sivill, St Asaph, Denbighshire was sired by Glanrafon Khan and serviced by the Royal Welsh breed champion Glanrafon Marley. She sold to P Strickland, Austwick, Lancashire.
Next at 970gns was a Coquetdale shearling ewe, from the Galbraiths, and purchased by E Metcalfe, Scottish Highlands. Bred by M Curry, Northumberland, she was by Pode Hole Houdini.
The gavel went down at 960gns for an in lamb Ballycreelly shearling ewe from the McCarthys, sired by Ballycreelly Whynot and in lamb to Yarcombe Flashman. She went home with J Hooks, Northallerton, North Yorkshire.
Leading female trade in the Texel ring was the first prize gimmer from Kerrin Forsyth’s Kirrin Flock, Whithorn, Newtown Stewart. She realised 1,500gns when selling to John Howard, Pear Tree Farm, Battersby, Middlesbrough.
The only other four figure female price in this section went to the fourth prize gimmer from Bowden and Davies’ Sportsmans Flock, Stockport, Cheshire. Sired by Tullylagan Tonka, she sold to JM Stewart, Comber, Co. Down.
Blue Texel females sold to 1,250gns for the reserve female champion, a homebred gimmer by a Bishops sire from Mr and Mrs DL and BWH Jones, Llanllwni, Carmarthen. Purchasing this one was Giles Hardman, Gloucester.
Three female lots then made 1,000gns. The first of these was the first prize aged ewe from David Alexander’s Millside Flock, Galston, Ayrshire.
The 2013 born ewe is an imported ewe by the Dutch sire Van de Eijnden. She sold to GB Renfree, Dannett Farm, Liskeard, Cornwall.
The day’s judge and breed society secretary Nina Smith, Shrewsbury, also made the four figure sum with her Bishops sired shearling ewe. This one was knocked down to John and Emma Lyle, Leven, Fife.
Last at this money was Andrew and Sam Froggatt, Abbots Bromey, with their Millend Whirlwind sired gimmer selling to MSH Benson, Ulverston, Cumbria.
Topping Roussin female trade was a 520gns bid for RD and AE Molyneux, Devon with their second prize shearling ewe MRM D1039. She sold to DJ Steen, Whitcastles Farm, Corrie, Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire.
Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington