THE 30th Annual Autumn Show & Sale of NI Horn & Poll Dorset Sheep Breeders’ Club, kindly sponsored by Danske Bank represented by Seamus McCormick, was held in J.A.McClelland & Sons Livestock Mart, Ballymena on Monday October 7. The show and sale comprised of a select, but quality entry of 77 sheep.
The earlier part of the evening consisted of the judging which was ably carried out by NI chairman Allister McNeill, Kilvaddy Flock, Toomebridge.
The sheep on display were of an extremely high calibre, giving the judge plenty of competition to decipher between.
After careful examination, the champion was awarded to Lisnafillan B14, a ewe lamb brought forward by Laura Weir, Ballymena. This stylish Ballytaggart United daughter displayed all round breed perfection and went on to achieve the joint top price of the evening of 650gns going to judge Allister McNeill.
Sharing the top price of 650gns was reserve champion and best opposite sex to champion, Coltrim Benny, from Glen and Siobhan Miller. This lamb displayed excellent conformation and breed character and after a flurry of bids, was secured by Thomas Wright to join his Ballytaggart Flock in Ballymoney.
The strong trade was a theme throughout the sale with a high clearance in every section. Other leading prices are as follows:
L Weir (Ewe lamb) 480gns to R McKeown, L Weir (Ewe lamb) 470gns to W McCracken, L Weir (Ewe lambs) 460gns (x2) to R McKeown, A Dodds (Shearling ewe) 460gns to W McCracken, A Dodds (shearling ewe) 440gns to W McCracken, A Dodds (shearling ewe) 430gns to W McCracken , T & C Lynch (ram lamb) 420gns to A Stewart, W&K Carson (ewe with lamb at foot) 420gns to C Collins, L Weir (ewe lamb) 420gns to W McCracken.
Sale averages – Ewe lambs £262.73; Ram lambs £422.10; Shearling ewes £365.59; Senior ewe £440.
Ewe lamb – 1st Laura Weir; 2nd Laura Weir; 3rd S Mullan; 4th S Wilson.
Shearling ewe – 1st A Fleming; 2nd A Dodd; 3rd A Dodd; 4th A Dodd.
Ram lamb – 1st G&S Miller; 2nd C&T Lynch; 3rd J&W Smith; 4th J&W Smith.
Champion: L Weir;
Reserve and opposite sex: G&S Miller
Overall, the club had a prosperous sale, reflected by the strong demand from the plethora of keen bidders present, ending the sale year on what could only be described as a high!
The club would wish to record its appreciation to Allister McNeill for his judging of the event and to sponsors Danske Bank, kindly represented by Seamus McCormick. Thanks also must go to J.A McClelland & Sons for their professional approach to running the sale.