THE Great Bonanza Suffolk Female Sale drew a fantastic crowd from throughout Ireland and the UK to its new venue of the Alexander Farm in Randalstown. The quality of females on offer was first class reflected in the sale topping at 8500 guineas.
The sale leader came from the Bessiebell flock of Jack Smyth and Emma McElhill, and was a daughter of Frongoy Rocket. Proving too tempting to miss out on, the hammer fell to Nelson Alexander for the Jalex Flock. Bessiebell enjoyed a mighty day’s trading averaging £2270 for ten lots sold.
Chasing this at 6500 guineas was a very smart ewe lamb from Stephanie and William Tail, Burnview, with gimmers from the sale’s willing sellers realising 4000, 4000 and 3500 guineas. The Taits returned an average of £1580 for a strong entry of 47 lots cashed in on the day.
Host farmer James Alexander offered 22 lots from his Jalex Flock to sell to 4000 guineas paid for a gimmer snapped up by Michael Leonard.
The entire catalogue met with brisk bidding as 25 lots sold to mainland UK and Europe resulting in an overall sale return of £1572 per head over 120 lots.
Auctioneers: Harrison & Hetherington
Leading prices in guineas – Bessiebell 8500 guineas to Jalex Suffolks; Burnview 6500 guineas to Windfield Suffolks; Jalex 4000 guineas to Michael Leonard;
Burnview 4000 guineas to James Wilkinson; Burnview 4000 guineas to J Screen; Bessiebell 3500 guineas to Phillip Lynch; Burnview 3500 guineas to Gareth Williamson; Jalex 3400 guineas to S&W Tait.
Guest consignors’ top prices – Oakbridge 3000 guineas; Bannview 2800g guineas; Craigdoo 2800 guineas; Donbraide 2500 guineas; Leitrim 1200 guineas.
Overall sale average: £1572.37
Flock averages – Bessiebell 10 @ £2270; Jalex 22 @ £1610; Burnview 47 @ £1580.88; Bannview 4 @ £1425; Donbraid 8 @ £1262.50; Oakbridge 17 @ £1210; Craigdoo 10 @ £1062.50; Leitrim 6 @ £783.33.
This page is available to subscribers. Click here to sign in or get access.