FEMALES met a strong demand throughout the Bel-tex Sheep Society’s sale of in-lamb females and empty ewe lambs at Harrison and Hetherington’s Borderway Centre on Friday, December 11, where averages improved significantly in all sections as 203 of 223 females on offer sold to new homes, resulting in a 91 per cent clearance rate.
The sale included two reduction sales and it was an entry from Grant Maxwell’s Faughhill offering from near Melrose that topped the trade at 4000gns when Faughhill Eye Candy ET was knocked down to Ellie Miller, buying for her newly established Ellies flock that runs alongside her father Alan’s Lurg flock near Midmar, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire.
The second highest price of the sale of 3600gns was paid for Rathbone Erica from Mike Davies, Eldroth, Austwick, sold to Gordon Gray, scanned with a pair to the 9000gns Horseclose Eskimo of which a half share was bought in August. Her pedigree features Y Bedol A-Team that has bred well in the Rathbone flock, on to the Dooley Napal daughter, Langlands Sandy.
Early on in the sale, Alan Miller received 2900gns from Andrew and Jamie McCutcheon of the Bodoney flock, near Trillick, County Tyrone, for his shearling ewe, Lurg Elspeth ET. Scanned with three to Ryder DIY, she is a full sister to the 5000gns Lurg Ella ET sold at Carlisle in August, being by Bailey Brook CR7 and out of Woodies Classy Girl, herself by Carrigans Bob Lee Swagger.
The other reduction offering from Matthew Burleigh’s Matt’s flock from Enniskillen hit a top of 2500gns for the two-crop ewe Matt’s Classic ET, which was knocked down to the Findlay family for their Westerdale flock near Whitby, North Yorkshire. Due a single to the 14,000gns Murrays Expert bought at the Premier sale, she is by Hackney Wonderboy and out of the proven brood ewe Matt’s Adelle, a Hackney Warrior daughter.
Matt welcomed a further 2400gns for Matt’s Essence and 2000gns for Withy Trees Daffy ET. The former, which scanned with a pair to Murrays Expert, is by Hackney Download and out of Dean Brown Bountiful, herself a Matt’s Abracadabra daughter. She heads north to Huntly with Gordon and Lynsey Carroll and joins their Edendiack flock.
Welsh breeder Edward Lewis paid 2400gns to take Libby McAllister’s Artnagullion Embrace ET home to his Gyffin flock near Conway. Sired by Tercrosset Blaze, which has done well in the Kells, Ballymena-based flock, and out of the successful brood ewe Artnagullion TT, a Woodies Snoop Dog daughter, she sold scanned with a single to Belvoir View Dusty.
Gary Beacom, from Fivemiletown, saw his Lakeview Escape ET sell to Matthew King, Saintfield, for 2200gns. Carrying a pair to the 7000gns Ainstable Factotum bought at Carlisle in August, she is by Woodies Born To Do It while her dam is Ardstewart Angle, a Rathbone Tony daughter.
Omagh’s Kenny Preston received 1800gns for Glenpark Florance ET, a ewe lamb by Faughhill Detroit, to Faughhill Farming, Melrose.
1800gns – Matt’s Empowered ET, by Matt’s Defender, twins to Murrays Expert, to V & G Bowring, Nether Langwith, Mansfield; Matt’s Effortless ET, by Matt’s Defender, twins to Murrays Expert, to NK Brown, Brampton.
1600gns – Matt’s Exalted, by Kingledores Drake, single to Murrays Expert, to JR Wilkinson, Richmond.
1500gns – Matt’s Evil ET, by Matt’s Defender, triplets to Culsh Elvis, to to V & G Bowring, Mansfield.
Averages: 13 ewes, £767 (23 x £493); 94 shearling ewes, £924 (90 x £601); 30 ewe Lambs, £1048 (32 x £681); four pregnancies, £1155 (2 x £315). Faughhill reduction – 33 Shearling ewes, £1255. Matt’s reduction – 24 shearling ewes, £1138; four ewes, £1693.