Bleu Du Maine Premier Show & Sale

17th August 2018

What a day for William Baillie’s Calla flock, two ewes make 4000gns, both Female & Male Champion, Champion & highest price Millennium Bleu.  The day started with the show, with John Page officiating. The first class was the aged ewe, won by William Baillie’s Lot 1801 Calla Neva, who had previously won at the Royal Highland & stood Reserve Champion female. She would be the first lot into the ring to sell for 4000gns.

Calla Neva – 4000gns

The gimmers were again headed by Calla, this time it was Performer sired by Maximum Obama who had been bought by William at the Premier Sale in 2016. She later sold for 1800gns, whilst another Calla gimmer Pleasure who wasn’t presented for the show sold for 4000gns. She had been Bleu champion & Reserve Interbreed at the Royal Highland earlier this year. 2nd in this gimmer class was the Perdi entry, with 3rd  & 4th places going to Rosemary McAllisters gimmers which both sold later for 500gns each.

Bruce Mair’s ewe lamb headed a strong class and later went on to sell for 750gns, the highest price ewe lamb, she was sired by a Perdi tup, another purchase from the 2017 sale. She was followed by Calum & Rachel Cruden’s ewe lamb sired by the imported ram Gaston.

The Aged rams were headed by Maximum Obama, from William Baillie, purchased in 2016 at the Premier Sale, where he had stood Champion and had sold on that day for 2000gns. He went on to stand Male Champion and would sell for 2200gns. 2nd was Artnagullion Nutts from M & R Harper and he sold for 550gns.

The shearling rams were headed by two Perdi rams from Percy Tait, both by Randelstown Nugget and the winning ram sold for 600gns.  Top price shearing ram was Calla Pascoe, again sired by Maximum Obama and he sold for 1000gns.  There was a repeat performance in the lamb rams, with two Perdi lambs standing 1st & 2nd, again both sired by Randelstown Nugget, with the winning lamb selling for 1000gns, the top price for the ram lamb section. The 3rd place lamb from Alan Mounsey sold for 600gns, with the 4th placed Cysgod lamb sold for 900gns.

The Millennium Bleus again saw Calla to the fore, leading the ewe class with Lot 1882, later selling for 350gns, with the 2nd place gimmer from Paul Farmer selling for 380gns to top the section. The shearling rams were headed agian by Calla with Lot 1983 selling for 900gns and another from Calla, Lot 1985 topping the MB’s at 1200gns.

Averages: 3 Aged Ewes £1885; 41 Shearling Gimmers £531.66; 18 Ewe Lambs £305.08; 18 Millennium Shearling Gimmers £295.17; 2 Millennium Ewe Lambs £210; 5 Aged Rams £808.50; 23 Shearling Rams £421.83; 25 Lamb Rams £435.12; 1 Millennium Aged Ram £840; 30 Millennium Shearling Rams £527.80; 2 Millennium Lamb Rams £315.00