THERE was standing room only at Beattie’s Valais Blacknose export sale as buyers travelled from right across Ireland and the UK to attend. Richard and Selina Beattie had listed 70 lots for sale, with guest auctioneer Glyn Lucas flying through the catalogue to record a 100% clearance at strong returns.
Demand was fierce for all lots with prices topping at 3600 guineas. This was paid by UK Valais breeder and livestock consultant Steve Jones who was purchasing for an export contract. This was for an aged imported stock ewe and was one of five that were on Mr Jones’s shopping list. He went on to fork out 3100, 2900, 2800 and 2300 guineas for her pen mates.
Glen Blacklock travelled from Dumfries to purchase several quality females including the first lot to come under the hammer which attracted a final bid of 2900 guineas. This was for an imported stock ewe, six of these returned an average of £3080.
Trade for ewe lambs was on fire with established and new breeders keen to acquire some of the excellent lots on offer from the Beatties flock. There were a number which sold at 2800 guineas, and 21 levelled at £2445 each. Leading buyer in this section was Rebecca McAlister, Newry, who had hand-picked several outstanding ewe lambs and a smart tip lamb to run with them.
Ram lambs chalked up an average of £507 for 26 sold, with two lots selling at 700 guineas each.
Richard and Selina Beattie would like to wish all purchasers well with their stock, and thank all those who assisted in any way in the run-up to the sale and on the night itself.
Leading prices in guineas
Aged ewes – 3600gns to Steve Jones, 3100gns to Steve Jones, 2900gns to Glen Blacklock, 2900gns to Steve Jones, 2800gns to Steve Jones
Ewe lambs – 2800gns to Rebecca McAlister, Newry, 2800gns to Rebecca McAlister, 2800gns to Rebecca McAlister, 2800gns to Barry Maybin, Kells, 2700gns to Rebecca McAlister, 2700gns to Declan Rodgers, Donegal, 2600gns Jim Logan, Portugal, 2600gns Rebecca McAlister, 2600gns Lisa Taylor Ballymoney, 2500gns to Jim Logan, Portugal.
Ram lambs – 700gns to Glen Blacklock Dumfries, 700gns to Rebecca McAlister Newry, 650gns to Sarah Jane Gibson, Co Wicklow, 650gns to Brian Matthews, Tullamore.
6 stock ewes averaged £3080
21 ewe lambs £2445
26 ram lambs £507
11 wether lambs £296.