THE fourth annual sale of North Country Cheviots was held at Beattie’s Pedigree Centre, Omagh, on Friday, September 2, kindly sponsored by Provita Animal Health.
A tremendous turnout of stock was on display with the North Country Cheviot Society President Melfyn Williams from the Pengroes flock in Anglesey, Wales, being handed the task of judging.
First up for judging was the shearling rams with 25 rams put before the judge with AJ & NAJ Robinson being tapped first with Benrafton Commander by Humbleheugh Xtra Special, followed by another Humbleheugh Xtra Special bred tup from JS and KMA Rowan. A Castleview Classic shearling sired by Comeragh Triumph was third from Murnion Livestock.
A smaller entry of Hill rams was on display with Sinclair Armstrong’s Manyburns Choice placed first and Manyburns Banker in second. Both were sired by Brackside Windbreaker.
A strong group of Park type gimmers were on display next for the judge to pick from. It was a gimmer from Alastair Armstrong’s Stragole flock that caught the judge’s eye, sired by Allanshaws Xackeri, being placed first followed by a lot from AJ & NAJ Robinson with a Humbleheugh Xtra Special bred gimmer in second, and a Kilvaddy gimmer by Kilvaddy Warrior from A & P McNeill in third.
A nice group of Hill Northie gimmers were next up for Melfyn to choose from, with the Lisbreen flock being placed first, second and third. These gimmers were sired by Hownam Grange Villager, later selling to a top of 380gns.
A sweet group of ewe lambs entered the ring next with first time exhibitor Matt Irvine winning the ewe lamb class with a Ross Ambassador bred ewe lamb from his Ballyloran flock selling to the Garvery flock for 950gns. In second place was a lot from the Ross flock and in third was the Kilvaddy flock.
The pair of park ewe lambs’ class was next with the Ballyloran flock first selling for 450gns, second was the Ross flock selling for 260gns, third was the Loughmallon flock selling for 280gns, and fourth was the Stragole flock selling for 300gns.
Groups of park type gimmers sold to a top of £340 for Gareth Henderson’s Sandelford flock and the groups averaged £295 for 23 sold. Groups of Hill gimmers sold to a top of £310 for the Crockataggart flock and 54 Hill gimmers averaged £226.
Groups of park ewe lambs sold to a top of £245 for Ballyloran flock and groups of ewe lambs averaged £212. Hill ewe lambs sold to top of 240gns for Sinclair Armstrong’s Manyburns flock, with groups of ewe lambs selling to a top of £195 for Adrian McSorley’s Ardeevin flock, with 74 ewe lambs selling to an averaged of £142.
Groups of North Country Cheviot cross ewe lambs sold to a top of £230 for a pen of seven Cheviot Mule ewe lambs; 168 North Country Cheviot cross ewe lambs sold to an average of £150
The Soutra Trophy, kindly pre-sented by the Mathewson family from Midlothian, Scotland, for the park type Champion, went to a shearling ram from AJ & NAJ Robinson with Benrafton Commander, which went on to sell for 2600gns to Crockataggart, Draperstown.
Reserve Champion went to Alastair Armstrong with his Stra-
gole gimmer by Allanshaws Xackeri selling to Orla Mcalister, Dungannon, for 1000gns.
In the Hill Type Championship, it was a gimmer from Samuel Miskelly, tapped champion by Melfyn Williams, selling for 250gns, and a shearling ram from Sinclair Armstrong, Manyburns Choice, re-serve champion selling for 480gns.
Other leading shearling ram prices:
2000gns to Seamus Logue, Castle-derg; 2000gns to Rosaleen Hynes, Rathfriland; 1650gns to J McCloskey, Claudy; 1500gns to Louise McBride, Ballymena; 1500gns to J & J Coyle Belleek;
1500gns to Clive Allen, Bally-gawley; 1300gns to Orla Mcalister, Dungannon; 1300gns to Mark Trues-dale, Newcastle; 1250 to Peter Devine, Donemana; 1250gns to Michael Woods, Rostrevor;
Leading female prices:
3000gns to Orla Mcalister, Dun-gannon; 2500gns to Orla McAlister, Dungannon; 1000gns to Orla McAlister, Dungannon; 950gns to J & J Coyle Belleek;
800gns to John McKean, Rosehill, County Armagh; 650gns to Sean Johnston, Kilcoo; 600gns to John Donaghy, Loughmacrory, County Tyrone; 600gns to Martin McGrath, Pettigo.
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