THE most in-favour breed at the moment certainly lifted the roof off at McCartneys, Worcester, on Saturday, Aug-
ust 7, as the Dutch Spotted set a new breed record and a centre all-breeds female record of 20,000gns.
Sale leader at the ‘spotacular’ event was an imported aged ewe from David Roberts’ Boyo flock, based at Kenley, Shrewsbury. Bred by Joost Louter, this one met intense bidding both in the ring and online and was finally knocked down to Jonathan and Janet Corbett for its Wedderburn flock at Newent, Glos.
Commenting on the sale, McCart-neys’ pedigree auctioneer James Amphlett said: “This was certainly an auctioneering career highlight as this ewe caught some serious attention on the day and she flew from the second she entered the ring. Animals like that are always a pleasure to sell.”
Backing the Boyo pen further, the couple then paid 6500gns for another imported ewe, again bred by Joost Louter, to join the top priced female.
Leading trade for shearling ewes was Lochlad Deziree from A and P Parker, Lockerbie, Dumfries. With imported breeding on both sides, this one is by Avalanche and is out of one of the flock’s foundation ewes. She was knocked down at 4000gns to Trevor Prew, Chipping Norton, Northants.
Next best in the shearling ewes was a call of 2500gns securing Pentre Danielle from Roger, Gill and Sian Jones, Ruabon, Wrexham, north Wales. This one is by the imported tup Barnstormer and out of an imported ewe. She found a new home with A Whitcomb, Brecon, Powys.
Ewe lamb trade was predictably strong with this section topping at 2500gns for Tom and Louise Nash, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire.
Merryboro Elsie is by the homebred stock tup Merryboro Cracker and is out of an imported ewe. She was knocked down to Andrew Beattie, Stirling, Stirlingshire.
Chasing at the heels of his daughter and son-in-law’s top priced ewe lamb, Brian Davies, Haverfordwest, then sold for 2200gns. Ty-Gwyn Eve is a Tardoes Dundee daughter out of a Tardoes ewe by the imported sire Cavan. This one heads to Bristol, Somerset, with MJ and L Robertson for their Lakeside flock.
At the same money was Cnwch Emiliana from Dale and Robbie Wilson, Llandrindod Wells, Powys. This one is by Merryboro Dewi and out of the imported ewe Cinzano. Taking this one home was previous buyer A Whitcomb, Brecon, Powys.
At 2100gns came Brecon, Powys-based Sara Gibbons’ ewe lamb, Whatmore Envy. By the imported tup Spaniard and out of an imported ewe, she found a new home with C M Difford, Nelson, Mid Glamorgan.
Wrapping up the sale leaders in the ewe lamb section at 2000gns was another from Brian Davies in the form of the Ty-Gwyn Dragon sired Ty-Gwyn Electric Lady. She heads to Girvan, Ayrshire, with David Morrison.
Ram lambs met a somewhat patchy trade, but coming through on top was the first prize ram lamb from this year’s Great Yorkshire Show, Cnwch Endeavour from Dale and Robbie Wilson. This one is by the noted sire Hiroshima and is out of the same ewe as their 2200gns ewe lamb. Taking this one home was Sian Jones for her Pentre flock, Wrexham.
Meanwhile, sale leader in the shearling ram section at 1100gns was Lochlad Dapper from the Parker family. Again, by Avalanche, this one is out of the imported ewe Bianca and sold to Gregory Blunsdon, Swindon, Wiltshire.
AVERAGES: Three flock ewes £9,817.50; three shearling ewes £3,115; 17 ewe lambs £1,760.30; four shearling rams £614.25; 15 ram lambs £513.80; four graded shearling ewes £748.12; four graded ewe lambs £336.00; three late entry ewe lambs £1,925; two late entry ram lambs £1,365 (McCartneys).