The new Beltex Babes sale was made up of six noted breeders, namely –Jewitt Flock (Henry Jewitt), Matts Flock (Matthew Burleigh), Withy Trees Flock (Andrew Wood), Rathbone Flock (MR & JE Davies), Hackney & Wilodge Flock (Paul & Christine Williams) and Panbeck Flock (N Dakin & R Davies).
Topping the sale at 5000gns was the ewe lamb Jewitt Dance The Night Away. Sired by Dooley Bulldozer and out of Loandhu Bonnie this exceptional lamb was the pick of Henry Jewitt’s 2018 lambs. The successful purchaser was D Saunders from Ulverston but Dance The Night Away will return to Henry for a summer of showing before joining her new owner in the Autumn.
Paul Tippetts’ gimmer Hackney Chic sold for the next best price of 3400gns. Chic was the first female to be sold by 60,000gns Topflite Al Pacino and a full sibling to the 2017 Great Yorkshire Show Reserve Male Champion and the Royal Welsh Show Male Champion. She is off to join Harry Wood’s Dean Brow flock based in Lancashire.
Next in the price rankings at 3100gns was Matthew Burleigh’s ewe lamb Matts Doll. Sired by Hackney Corker and out of Clary Whoopi-Do this ewe lamb was purchased by C Williamson from Harrogate.
Andrew Wood’s Withy Trees flock sold to a top of 2200gns for the shearling gimmer Withy Trees Country Bumpkin. Sired by Kingledores Wigglesworth and out of the Lyonpark Thrust daughter Beautry Winehouse this gimmer was purchased by Matthew Burleigh.
Matthew recouped most of his outlay when he sold the ET ewe lamb Matt’s Detail for 2100gns. This substitute entry was also sired by Hackney Corker and out of Loandhu Bella. Purchased by V & G Bowring this lamb is off to join their Mansfield based Windmill flock.
The final lot to reach the 2000gns mark was Andrew Wood’s Withy Tree Camping Cosmos, another by Kingkledores Wigglesworth. This shearling gimmer was out of Buckles Watercress and is returning to the breeder of her dam when she was purchased by K & R Buckle from Kirkby Stephen.
Averages: Jewitt & Sunnybank 4 Ewes £414.75, 12 recipients with lambs at foot £1132.25, 5 shearling gimmers £415.80; Hackney & Wilodge 1 recipient with lamb at foot £525, 7 shearling gimmers £927; Matts 1 Ewe £840, 4 recipients with lambs at foot £2231.25; Withy Trees 4 recipients with lambs at foot £603.75, 5 shearling gimmers £1617; Rathbone 1 shearling gimmer £525; Panbeck 1 shearling gimmer £420