BUYERS just couldn’t get enough when it came to the annual production sale of Valais Blacknose hosted by the popular husband and wife team Richard and Selina Beattie, Omagh.
There was tremendous presale interest with a large number of potential bidders registering in ad-vance on marteye in the few days beforehand.
Prices rocketed to heights of 6600 guineas paid for the star of the show, a gimmer selling with her two ewe lambs at foot. Described by guest auctioneer Glyn Lucas as a “real flock builder”, and one of the best females he had seen in the breed, this smart outfit was snapped up by breeder Eimer Rodgers, Douglas. Sired by Highland Darragh, this tremendous young ewe traces back to a foundation female Richard purchased at Goldies.
Hot on the heels of this were a stock ewe and ewe lamb combination that also grossed 6600 guineas. The ewe was purchased for 4000 guineas by Steve Jones, England, who is a regular customer at this sale. She has an enviable pedigree, sired by Highland Duke and out of a homebred ewe that has imported parents. John Haughey, Tattykeeran, Tyrone, parted with 2600 guineas to secure her quality ewe lamb.
There were two lots that notched up a final bid of 4200 guineas. The first of these to hit the sale ring was a flashy two year old ewe sired by Highland and going back to imported parents on the dam’s side. Proving too tempting not to take home with him, Graham Mulloan selected her for his flock in Moy, County Tyrone.
A daughter of Middleton Hall George caught the eye, selling for 4200 guineas. She now travels to County Louth with Conrad McGuiness, who also selected a choice ewe lamb to join her at 3600 guineas.
Bidding remained buoyant thr-oughout the sale, reflected in the strong averages: six stock ewes at £4,253, 28 ewe lambs at £3,042, 15 ram lambs £567, nine wether lambs £309.
The Beatties would like to wish all of their buyers well with their Valais Blacknose purchases, and look for-ward to seeing their progeny in the future. They would also like to thank everyone who assisted them in any way to ensure the smooth running of the event.