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Dorset sale season draws to a successful close

THE 32nd Annual Autumn Show and Sale organised by the NI Horn and Poll Dorset Sheep Breeders Club took place in JA McClelland Livestock Mart, Ballymena, spon-sored by Danske Bank.

The sale attracted a substantial entry of 91 lots, providing prospective purchasers with a super selection of sheep.

Judge for the evening was club vice chairman James Robson, Ballyhamage Flock, Doagh, being presented with an excellent turnout of sheep which were a credit to breeders despite juggling the busy autumn lambing season.

Supreme champion of the day went to Angus Fleming, Drumlin Flock, for his ewe lamb Drumlin D571.

This young January lamb stood top in a strong class showing superb confirmation and skin.

Sired by Lisnafillan Bugatti from a homebred ewe, she later sold for 900gns to John Richmond, Ballymoney.

Reserve champion went to the second prize ewe lamb from Amy McConnell, Beechmount Flock.

Sired by stock ram Kilvaddy Bolt, out of a homebred ewe, she displayed excellent size, power and correctness.

Show results:

Champion: A Fleming; Reserve Champion: A McConnell.

Ewe lamb: 1st A Fleming, 2nd A McConnell, 3rd A Armour, 4th L Weir.

Shearling ewe: 1st-4th A Dodd.

Ram lamb: 1st G&G Henderson, 2nd G&G Henderson, 3rd C&D Quinn, 4th R Moore.

Shearling ram: 1st R Moore.

Topping the sale was Thomas Wright with a ewe lamb, Ballytaggart D2591. Bred by English stock ram Wilsey Apollo out of a homebred ewe, this lamb oozed character and style.

Despite not been shown in the judging she later sold for 1200gns to James Johnston, Aghalee.

The next top price went to Gary and Gareth Henderson for the first prize ram lamb Sandleford Dazzle.

Sired by Ballytaggart Carlsberg out of last year’s autumn sale top price, Hilltop Z1328, this eye catching lamb sold for 800gns to Luke Hughes, Kircubbin.

Closely following this was Rachel Moore with the first prize shearling ram Bannside Caeser, which showed excellent confirmation and

presence selling for 750gns to Lawrence Moore, Aughnacloy.

Next up from the McKeown family was a ewe lamb, Ashvale D331, in lamb to Ballytaggart Dakota.

This smart lamb fetched a price of 700gns selling to Winston Moran, Derrylin.

Matching this price were two lots from Adam Armour, the first selling to William McCracken, Loughgall, and second to Robert Cousins, Annalong.

These two terrific ewe lambs were scanned in lamb to Carnlea Dynamo, deservingly achieving 700gns apiece.

Also achieving a price of 700gns was Beechmount D571 from Amy McConnell.

With full Beechmount breeding and style to match, this powerful ewe lamb was snapped up by James Johnston, Aghalee.

This strong trade continued throughout the sale with high clearance in every section.

Other leading prices were as follows: T Wright 650gns to R Marshall, G&G Henderson 600gns to J McFetridge, T Wright 600gns to M Lennox, T Wright 600gns to J Johnston, L Weir 550gns to L Moore, T Wright 550gns to T Richmond, A Armour 550gns to R Marshall, T Wright 550gns to M Lennox.

The club would like to thank continued sponsors Danske Bank, staff at Ballymena Mart for their efficient and seamless running of the sale and, of course, breeders and purchasers for making this final sale of the year a success.

Overall, the sale marked an encouraging end to what has truly been a record breaking sale season for Northern Irish bred Dorset sheep.

This reflects the ever-growing popularity of the breed as it cements its place as a wise choice for any astute shepherd.

The next club event will be the national champion flock viewing of the Bencran Flock belonging to Steven and Stuart Lyons, Beragh, on Saturday, November 13.

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