THE Ulster Ram Breeders’ Association Blackface Show and Sale took place on October 3 and 4 in Ballymena Livestock Market and proved to be as successful as ever with eight rams selling for five-figure sums.
The top price of the day went to Veronica and Patrick Fullerton, Draperstown, for a Lanark ram lamb making 26,000gns selling to Scottish buyers Allanfauld and Arnicle.
Close behind was 24,000gns for a Lanark ram lamb from James McCurdy, Broughshane, sold to Auldhouseburn.
Karl O’Mullan, Dunloy, received the top price in the Lanark shearling ring of 17,000gns, then it was back to the Lanark ram lambs where Colm McAteer, Dromara, received 14,000gns, Damian McSwiggan, Gortin, and Veronica and Patrick Fullerton, of Draperstown, got 11,000gns.
It was into the Perth ring where Gavin and Willard Watson, Coleraine, sold their ram lamb for 11,000gns to Sam and Stuart Adams, Andy Hunter and James Hunter.
The show champion shearling and reserve overall from Mark and Russell Smyth, Coleraine, sold for 10,000gns to Tom Adams and sons Joe and Archie, Rathkenny.
Other Perth shearlings sold for 8000gns from Michael and William Smyth, Limavady, and 4000gns for James and Sandy Carson, Clough. Perth ram lambs sold for 7000gns from Tom Adams and sons, 6500gns for Paul McEvoy, 5500gns for the champion ram lamb and overall champion from Tom Adams and 5500gns for Conway Brothers.
Lanark ram lambs sold well for father and sons Charlie, Cathal and Eoghan Harkin, Loughash Rock, receiving 9000gns and 8000gns. This was followed by Gordon Crawford receiving 7000gns and Grant Bro-thers receiving 5500gns.
There were then three Lanark shearlings sold for 5500gns for Eoin McKenna and Veronica and Patrick Fullerton twice, and Jake Hamilton received 5000gns.
Other leading prices of the day were: 4200gns C Conway; 4200gns Brannigan Bros; 4200gns A Adams; 4200gns and 3200gns G Breslin; 4000gns B Robinson; 4000gns B Devine; 4000gns and 3800gns C Phillips; 3500gns and 3200gns T Adams; 3400gns V&P Fullerton; 3300gns and 3100gns S Kerr; 3200gns C Breslin; 3100gns K O’Mullan, 3000gns x2; J Hamilton, 3200gns and 3000gns J & P Harkin; 3000gns D McSwiggan; 3000gns Grant Bros; 3000gns C McAteer; 3000gns E Harkin.
The show had been judged by three Scottish breeders – Bert Grant, Glendamph, judging the shearlings; Matthew Hamilton jnr, Woolfords, judged the ram lambs; and Ronnie Downie, NewtonFarm, Crathie, jud-ging the Champion of Champions.
Champion of Champions – Tom Adams,
Reserve – Russell & Mark Smyth
Shearling Champion – Russell & Mark Smyth,
Reserve – A B Carson, 3rd Tom Adams, 4th Sam Adams, 5th R & M Smyth
Single Shearling – 1st M & R Smyth, 2nd M Smyth, 3rd AB Carson, 4th R Adams, 5th T Adams, 6th C Carmichael
Group of 5 – 1st M & R Smyth, 2nd AB Carson, 3rd S Adams
Pair of Shearlings – 1st T Adams, 2nd AB Carson, 3rd I Watson, 4th W Watson, 5th M Smyth, 6th B Curran
Champion Ram Lamb – Tom Adams, Reserve – Conway Bros, 3rd P McEvoy, 4th G Watson, 5th P & B McEvoy
Single Ram Lamb – 1st P & B McEvoy, 2nd M & K McAleer, 3rd Conway Bros, 4th G Watson, 5th J Adams, 6th J Carson
Group of 3 – 1st T Adams, 2nd P McEvoy, 3rd G Watson, 4th Conway Bros, 5th C Breslin, 6th B Curran
Thanks go to sponsors Fane Valley Stores, United Feeds, J Thompson & Sons Ltd, Danske Bank and Natural Stock Care.
Averages were either on a par or up on the year, Perth – 51 shearlings sold to average £1,061, 105 ram lambs sold to average £1,229, Lanark – 232 shearlings sold to average £1,253, 82 ram lambs sold to average £2,514.