Prices topped at 9,000gns at Carlisle’s show and sale of crossing-type Bluefaced Leicester females on Monday (21 January), although averages slipped back on the year despite strong headline prices.
Monday’s sale peaked with the Asby Hall flock and local breeders the Andrew and Mark Brown, Great Asby, Appleby.
The winning call came from Messrs Laing, Thankerton, Biggar
The trade topper was by G11 Smearsett son K1 Smearsett and out of Asby Hall J21, a G1 Smearsett daughter and was the pick of two lots catalogued from the Browns on the day.
Next at 8,500gns was a strong ewe from the Greenhow flock of the Allan family, Dufton, Appleby.
This one caught the eye of Messrs Beacom, Fivemiletown, County Tyrone, who was on a buying mission, securing the second, third and fourth highest lots on the day.
This lot was another Greenhow success story after claiming the championship at Hawes the week before.
This one is by J2 Carryhouse Jackpot son K1 Riddings and out of the E1 Otterburn Lodge daughter G12 Greenhow and took home the first-prize ewe hogg and overall championship rosettes.
Next at 8,000gns was the Hutchinson family and the Kirkby Redgate flock, Kaber, Kirkby Stephen, with a H1 Skeughdale daughter out of G53 Kirkby Redgate, a daughter of the notable D17 Hewgill.
This one also knocked down to Mr Beacom after taking home the second-prize ewe hogg and overall reserve ticket.
Two followed at 5,000gns, with the first being another bred the same way from the Hutchinsons with Mr Beacom the winning bidder once more.
Matching this was a half-share bid from locals Messrs Allan and Sons, Dufton, Appleby, and Messrs Taylor and Sons, Great Asby, Appleby, from Neil Marston of the Highberries flock, Redmain, Cockermouth.
This lot was a recipient carrying embryos implanted on 12 October by Z4 Hundith – the first time such as offering has been made.
The Marstons were having a reduction sale, seeing them sell a batch of in-lamb gimmer shearlings to 2,600gns.
At 4,000gns was a Hewgill entry from Messrs Lord, North Stainmore, Kirkby Stephen, which was knocked down to Messrs Harkin, Strabane, County Tyrone.
This was is a home-bred female out of B41 Hewgill daughter G114 Hewgill and by G49 Hewgill son H45 Hewgill.
Averages: 18 (-10) ewes, £975.92 (-£349.29); 60 (-3) gimmers, £1,011.68 (-£503); 50 ewe hoggs, £1,775.97; two embryos, £3,622.50 (Harrison and Hetherington)