A packed ringside and an online audience of 16,000 viewers saw a Balmoral Show-winning ram lamb hit 21,000gns at Shrewsbury mart last weekend (21-22 July).
Top money was paid for a new year-born Rookery Rodeo son from Gary Beacom’s Lakeview flock, Fivemiletown, County Fermanagh.
He is out of the 26,000gns Cairness Cyclone and knocked down to the Knockem Flock of Mr and Mrs Nicholson, Duns.
Next best at 13,000gns was CJ Holmes with a Rhaedr Dynamic son, knocked down to R and G Hiddlestone of the Irongray flock, Dumfries. He was by Cairness Coalition and out of Stockton Sentinel 2.
At 6,200gns was a Strathbogie A Kind of Magic son from James C Innes and the Strathbogie flock, Huntly, Aberdeenshire.
Out of a Strathbeg Stan the Man dam, this sire is half-brother to the 20,000gns Jackpot and the 16,000gns Sirius and knocked down to S and W Tait, County Tyrone. Mr Innes averaged 2,500gns with four ram lambs entered.
Next at 5,800gns and 5,200gns were full brothers from S and W Tait’s pen of the Burnview flock, Lislap, County Tyrone, sired by Ballynacanon Attitude.
Suffolk Sheep Society chief executive Robin McIlrath noted the global interest and online bids achieved by the sale.
Averages: 134 ram lambs, £1,407.47 (+£200); six shearling rams, £595; 10 shearling ewes, £798; eight ewe lambs, £791. 70% clearance of ram lambs. (Chadwick and Son, Abergavenny and Halls)