A new centre shearling ram record price of 32,000gns led the English National Sale when the Williams family’s Caron flock, Lamp-eter, saw its shearling ram, Caron Dynamite, blow the roof off at Worcester.
The sale also recorded a new centre record shearling ram average of £2,552.29 for the 66 shearling rams sold on an 81 per cent clearance.
Sale topper Dynamite, which had led the shearling class in the pre-sale show, is a son of Tullylagan Commander out of a dam by Tamnamoney Yeti and was the subject of much interest in the hours ahead of the sale.
Setting off with an opening call of 10,000gns, bidding quickly went through the gears, with the hammer eventually falling in favour of Robin and Caroline Orr, Halbeath, and Esmor Evans, Maerdy, in a two-way split.
Following him at 22,000gns was John Elliot’s Roxburgh Dirrington, a son of Canllefaes Bright Spark out of a dam by Meinspride Usain and sold with an index in the top five per cent of the breed.
He sold to the Ingram family, Aberdeenshire.
In the ram lamb section the reserve male champion from Gary Beacom, Lakeview Eye of the Tiger, sold at 3200gns. This is by Castlecairn Doodlebug and is out of a Fordafourie Amalert daughter. This one was taken by Andy Keedwell, Priddy, Somerset.
Sportsmans Einstein from Messrs Boden and Davies took the top ram lamb call of 5600gns.
Another son of Castlecairn Doodlebug, out of a dam by the 65,000gns Garngour Craftsman, sold
with an index in the top one per cent of the breed. Having stood first in the pre-sale show, he was taken by G E Morgan, Blaencar, and A E Jones, Yntstoddeb.
Next best at 3500gns was the champion from the pre-sale show from Myfyr Evans’ Rhaeadr flock, in the form of Rhaeadr Explorer. This son of the 130,000gns Sportsmans A Star is out of a dam by Kelso Pavarotti and sold to the judge James Draper, Claybury, with a half share taken by Carl Henry Bellis, Cosyn.
Texel shearling ewes were in ready demand to peak at 7000gns for a daughter of Garngour Craftsman from Charlie Boden’s Mellor Vale flock, Cheshire.
Heading up the prices was an ET-bred gimmer out of dam by the 145,000gns Knap Vicious Sid. She is maternal sister to a dam of a 40,000gns tup and sold to John Sherratt, Wem, Shropshire.
Next in line at 4800gns was the very first gimmer of the sale from Myfyr Evans’ Rhaeadr flock. She’s by Brackenridge Crown Royal and out of a dam by Garngour Alabama, which was sold for 7500gns as a ewe lamb.
She was the pick of James Amphlett and Ellie Owens for their Topwood flock, Leominster.
Following her at 4200gns was the reserve female champion from the pre-sale show from Martin and Cyril Millar.
This was a daughter of Lauder Cobra out of a dam by Charben Yankee Boy. She sold with an index in the top 10 per cent of the breed and sold to Stephen Cobbold, Lavenham, Suffolk.