THERE may have been a degree of uncertainty in the air heading in to the Beltex Sheep Society’s Premier Sale of rams and females at Harrison and Hetherington’s Borderway Mart in Carlisle last week but that was well and truly blown out of the water when averages improved significantly across the board and a new auction record price for a ram lamb of 45,000gns was set.
Setting that new record of 45,000gns when sold to Paul and Christine Tippetts, of the Hackney and Wilodge flocks, Shropshire, with Richard and Jamie Jerman, Brilley, taking a one-third share, was Matt’s Flash Harry ET from Kinawley-based Matthew Burleigh’s Matt’s Flock in County Fermanagh.
This February-born embryo is by the 11,000gns Kingledores Edmund bought last year in partnership with Andrew and Jamie McCutcheon’s Bodoney flock, while his dam is Matt’s Do Nut, a Hackney Corker daughter bred from one of the best ewes in the flock, Matt’s Adelle.
“I was looking for something with a bright outlook and plenty of lift as well as great character, carcase and muscle, and he has it all,” said Paul of his purchase.
“He also has a lot of Hackney breeding in his background being a Corker grandson and going back to Hackney Warrior, so it’s good to get some of our proven breeding back.”
In all, 656 shearling rams changed hands between the first two days to level at £1,392 (against 687 at £1,152 last year) with five aged rams selling on Thursday morning to average £2,415 (10 at £1,312). On Saturday, 162 ram lambs levelled at £1,662 (192 at £1,202 in 2019) while 246 shearling ewes cashed in to average £922 (289 at £651).
“I’m delighted with how the sale worked out despite the uncertainty going into it and averages being up across the board can only be a plus,” commented the Beltex Sheep Society’s Chairman, Jim Kennedy.
“The society would like to extend a big thank-you to Harrison and Hetherington as well as the buyers and sellers for adhering to the sale guidelines and making it a workable sale.”
It was a fantastic few days trading for Aberdeenshire’s Stuart Wood when he topped the shearling trade on both of the first two days with entries from his Woodies and Murrays flocks. He also sold the joint top priced gimmer on Saturday, selling 29 sheep between the three days to average £3,407.
Leading the way at 16,000gns was Woodies Explosive, a naturally-bred son of the 5,000gns Bailey Brook CR7 that has bred well in the north-east syndicate. Heading back to Aberdeenshire when knocked down to Alan Miller for his Lurg flock, Explosive is out of Woodies Crunchie Nut, a daughter of the 7,000gns Loandhu Bonzo.
The very next lot, Woodies Emperor ET, then sold for 14,000gns in a three-way split to Ali Jackson, Tiptop; Jonathan Watson, Tweeddale; and Jamie Gregory, Speir. His dam is Stuart’s inter-breed champion at the 2018 Royal Highland Show that sold privately for £20,000, Woodies City Girl, by Carrigans Bob Lee Swagger, and his sire is Airyolland Choco.
On Friday, one from Stuart’s young son, Murray’s pen also hit the 14,000gns mark when sold to Matthew Burleigh, Matt’s flock, and Victoria Bowring, Windmill flock. Murrays Expert is among the first crop by the 4,200gns Kingledores Demonstrator bought as a lamb at Skipton while his dam is an imported ewe bought at a Belgian flock dispersal.
On to the ram lambs and late on Saturday trade for the top pick was still strong after the buzz of the new record priced lamb as the Buckle boys – Kevin and sons Jack and Tom – sold their Buckles Fury ET for 11,000gns to the Ingram family for producing cross tups at Logie Durno, Aberdeenshire. Sired by the 10,000gns Gyffin Dexter shared with Andrew Morton, Mortons, the January-born Fury is out of the renowned College Adele, a Kingledores Trojan daughter and past Great Yorkshire Show champion.
Two hit 9,000gns apiece with the first being Jock McMillan’s Clary Fly ET, which sold in a two-way split to John Cousar, Howcommon, and the Hamilton family, Shawtonhill and Mid Shawtonhill. Bred from the 2019 Royal Highland Show champion, the Hackney Braveheart-sired Clary Delight, his sire is the 2,800gns Smart Ass Dark Horse.
Chris Wright and son Joseph surpassed their previous best of 800gns achieved earlier in the sale when their Brothertoft Fynley ET sold in a two-way split to Wannops Farms, Wannop’s, and Rosie Boden, Mellor Vale, for 9,000gns. The pedigree here features the 10,000gns Woodwick Brave Heart on to the Matt’s Superman daughter Hillview Amazon.
On his ram lamb selling debut, Brian Hall received 7,000gns for his Ainstable Factotum ET from Gary Beacom, Lakeview flock, Northern Ireland. By the 3,200gns Kingledores Engleburt bought at Skipton last year, his dam is the Woodies Wicked daughter Ainstable Dice.
Recouping some of his earlier expenditure, Paul Tippetts saw his dearest ram lamb, Hackney FM ET, sell to Wade and Alison McCrabbe, Ardstewart, County Donegal. Bred from the Scooby Doo-sired Hackney Chantilly, FM’s sire is Kingledores Braveheart.
In an all Northern Irish transaction, Gary Scott, Bessy Bell, paid 5,800gns for Libby McAllister’s Artnagullion Fandango ET. This Belvoir View Dusty son is out of the good brood ewe Artnagullion Willa, a Woodies Snoop Dog daughter.
Shearling ewes also met a roaring trade and the first to sell for 7,000gns was Fivemiletown-based Gary Beacom’s Lakeview Earn Your Keep, which sold to Neil Laing for his children, Euan, Fiona and Kirsten’s Perryflatts flock.
By the 13,000gns Langlands Bruiser that sold at Carlisle again as an aged ram last year for 5,200gns, this powerful lass is out of the Loandhu Bonzo-sired Aviemore Cutie ET bought when she stood champion at Lanark.
n The Irish Beltex Sheep Breeders Club sale will take place at Dungannon Farmers Mart on Bank Holiday Monday, August 31. This will be sale only with no show taking place on the day. Keep a check on the Irish Beltex Sheep Breeders Club Facebook page for further updates.