Hampshire Downs top at 600gns in Carlisle

Trade topped at 600gns for Hampshire Downs on Friday at the breed association’s official show and sale at Borderway Mart, Carlisle.

Sale leader was a shearling from Jennifer Atkinson and David Smith’s Kelsey flock, Market Rasen. By Kelsey Gryphon, a Yarcombe Erroll son, out of a homebred ewe, this tup is within the breed’s top 1% and sold to I W Barrow and Sons, Dunnerdale, Broughton in Furness.

The same vendors were back in the money again selling two shearling rams by Kelsey Hero at 450gns. Buyers here were Michael Wentworth Waites, Bampton, Penrith, with the other at the same money going to A C White, Steel, Hexham.

A bid of 350gns secured a Yarcombe Erroll sired shearling ram, again from the same vendor, selling to S Croxford-Adams, Whitfield, Hexham.

Averages: shearling rams £410.38