THE Ulster Ram Breeders’ Association held its 5th Blackface In Lamb Female Sale on Monday, February 8, in Ballymena Livestock Mart, selling 45 out of 47 entered, averaging 1382gns, proving to be a very successful sale for all.
Patrick and John Harkin, Loughash, received the top price of 6200gns on the night for a two-crop Lanark ewe by 24k Crossflatt, sire of dam 24k Elmscleugh, scanned twins by 38k Dalchirla (Dalmally 2020) selling to G & I Davidson, Gleno.
Charlie and Cathal Harkin, “The Rock”, Loughash, received 4500gns for a gimmer by 20k Auldhouseburn, sire of dam 24k Elmscleugh, scanned single by Top Secret (share sold privately).
Closely following was a gimmer from Charlie and Christine Phillips, Finglen, sire son of 45k Midlock, scanned twins by 22k Dalchirla, made 4200gns.
James Hunter, Glenarm, headed up the Perth prices of the night receiving 3700gns for a two-crop, sire son of 2.5k Sam Adams, scanned single to 1.4k Alan Petrie, selling to Francie and Rachel Houston, Rostrevor.
Mark and Russell Smyth, Coleraine, got 1500gns for a three-crop, sire Robin, scanned twins by 7.5k Sam Adams. Followed by Craig Carmichael, Dungiven, getting 1350gns for two-crop, sire 2017 Cam Champion, scanned twins by 5k Cam.
Other leading prices – 4000gns, 2000gns, Loughash, P & J Harkin; 2700gns Grant Bros; 2700gns, 1800gns “The Rock” C & C Harkin; 1300gns, 1000gns C & C Phillips; 1200gns J Hunter; 1200gns O & S Brannigan; 1000gns A McFarlane; 1000gns B Curran; 1000gns, 900gns M & R Smyth; 900gns E McKenna; 900gns C Carmichael; 900gns twice T Adams; 900gns B McAllister.