Suffolks and Zwartbles sell to 1,900gns and 1,600gns at Carlisle

Suffolks sold to a top price of 1,900gns at the Carlisle and Northern Counties show and sale at Borderway Mart on Friday (5 August).

Sale leader was a triplet-born ram lamb by Stockton Turbine and out of a Cairness Carbon ewe from SJ Buckley, near Buxton, Derbyshire.

Suffolk ram lamb

A Suffolk ram lamb from SJ Buckley, Buxton, made 1,900gns when selling to CT Raine, County Durham © Robert Smith

He won the reserve male ticket in the pre-sale show and was the pick of CT Raine, Barnard Castle, County Durham.

Next best at 1,600gns was a twin-born ram lamb, this time from Ayrshire’s David Gilmour. He was sired by Broomknowes Royal Boy and out of a Cairness Nobel ewe. Buyer was JR McKay and Son, Sorbie, Newton Stewart.

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Just shy of this at 1,500gns was an aged ram from Hazel Martindale, Lockerbie, Dumfries and Galloway. Sired by Rhaeadr Vodka, this one is out of a Rhaeadr Red Bull-bred ewe and was purchased in 2014 for 4,000gns at Shrewsbury, where he stood reserve. He sold in a two-way split to AV Bailey, Masham, North Yorkshire, and JH Towers and Sons, Carnforth, Lancaster.

Leading female trade at 1,200gns was a ewe lamb and reserve female champion from the same stable at the sale leader and also bred by the same sire. This one is out of a Haddo High Voltage-sired ewe and caught the eye of Stewart Craft, Leslie, Fife.

Selling for 1,100gns was a twin-born ewe lamb from Keith Thomas, Stone, Staffordshire. Sired by Burnview Hurricane, this one is out of a ewe by Limestone To-Tal. Buyer was DP Delves, Churchstoke, Powys.


On the same day, Zwartbles peaked at 1,600gns for a triplet-born shearling ram from Master T and Miss I Goldie, Mouswald, Dumfries.

Zwartbles shearling

Leading Zwartbles trade at 1,600gns was a shearling ram from the Goldies family, Dumfries © Robert Smith

Master T and Miss I Goldie with their Zwartbles shearling ram

Master T and Miss I Goldie with their Zwartbles ram © Robert Smith

Bred by S Braid, this ram is sired by Lochwood Ally and is out of a Broomfield-bred dam. Buyer was Eoin Harold, Huntly, Aberdeenshire.

Next best at 1,500gns was a twin-born ram lamb from I and A Donald, Newtownstewart, County Tyrone. Sired by Gillhall Amarok, this one is out of a Cynefin-bred ewe and went to DA Moir, Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire.

Meanwhile, females topped at 1,050gns for a twin-born ewe lamb from S Smyth, Newtownstewart, County Tyrone.

Sired by Gillhall Amarok, this one if out of a ewe bred by The Fort. Successful bidder was Hoscote Estate, Hawick, Roxburghshire.

Averages: Suffolks: 22 shearling gimmers, £510.68; 11 ewe lambs, £470.60; three aged rams, £829.50; seven shearling rams, £576.02; 76 lamb rams, £532.60. Zwartbles: two aged ewes, £341.25; 51 shearling gimmers, £374.91; 69 ewe lambs, £400.52; one aged ram, £1155; 13 shearling rams, £438.58; 35 ram lambs, £462. (Harrison and Hetherington)

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