The dispersal of the Perdi and Knighton flocks of Bleu du Maine, Charollais, Rouge and Bluefaced Leicester sheep, on behalf of the executors of the late Percy and Diana Tait on Saturday (31 October) averaged a phenomenal £1,557 for 132 lots sold.
Achieving a joint top price of 6,000gns was a January 2018-born Bleu Du Maine ewe, Perdi Rachelle. By Randalstown Nugget, she is a granddaughter of Perdi Mona Lisa. She sold, having been served to Perdi Topspec, to Neil Millar, Lockerbie, Dumfries.
The joint top price was paid for the Rouge ewe lamb Knighton Wench, by Raindale Universe and out of the show-winner Knighton Sugar Tits. She was knocked down to Michael and Melanie Alford, Cullompton, Devon.
Joining her daughter to start the new family line at Foxhill, was Knighton Sugar Tits herself, who was purchased for 5,000gns, the second-highest priced Rouge on the day.
Second-highest priced Bleu Du Maine at 3,600gns was the shearling ewe, Perdi Sophie, another by Nugget and this time out of a homebred Greenside Lynn daughter. Having been scanned with a single to Perdi Topspec, this one found a new home with Haydon House Farm Partnership, Taunton, Somerset.
The top-priced Bleu Du Maine ewe lamb at 3,000gns was Perdi Tamara, a daughter of Dunelm Rievaulx. She caught the eye of David Roberts, Shrewsbury, Shropshire.
The top-priced Rouge shearling ewe at 2,600gns was Knighton Vanquish, a daughter of Knighton Slowsuck and a granddaughter of the flock’s successful breeding ewe, Knighton Harriet. This one sold to J Nairey, Blackburn, Lancashire.
The Charollais females met an equally strong trade with a top price of 4,500gns paid for Knighton 18YXR01356. By Rhaeadr Popeye out of a Parkgate ewe by Carnew Nijinsky, she was shown successfully last year taking breed championships at Staffordshire and The Royal Three Counties. She sold in a two-way partnership to Grant Pink, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, and David and Joe Lewis, Sandbach, Cheshire.
The top-priced Charollais shearling ewe at 3,500gns was Knighton 19YXR01539, a daughter of a Honddu ram out of an Artnagullion ewe which sold for 2,400gns. This one was knocked down to Tom Quinn, Duns, Berwickshire, who was buying on behalf of his grandsons Angus and Brodie for the Anbro flock.
At 2,200gns was the highest priced Charollais ewe lamb, Knighton 20YXR01696, a daughter of a Springhill tup out of a homebred dam. She was knocked down to previous buyer David Roberts, Shrewsbury, Shropshire.
Averages: Bleu du Maine: 10 ewes, £1,921.50; one unregistered ewe, £441; nine gimmers, £1,645; 12 ewe lambs, £1,610. Charollais: 24 ewes, £1,470.91; five gimmers, £2,289; 12 ewe lambs, £1,351.88. Rouge: 23 ewes, £1,778.15; nine gimmers, £1,493.33; 15 ewe lambs, £1,512. BFL: Three ewes, £717.50; one crossbred, £840; one gimmer, £945; one crossbred, £682.50; one ewe lamb, £525; two crossbreds, £577.50. Rams: One Rouge, £840; Two Beltex, £1,785; One Charollais, £2,520.
(McCartneys and Harrison and Hetherington).