The Lleyn breed record of 18,000gns was matched at the annual show and sale held at Carlisle for a shearling ram. Welsh breeders, Emrys & Dylan Jones from Comins Coch, Powys secured the record price with their home bred shearling Balliliney Action Man, a son of a flock 809 bred ram and out of a homebred mother line. Successful buyer was Dumfriesshire breeder Hamish Goldie of South Bowerhouses.
Top Price Shearling Ram – 18,000gns. Shown by E & D Jones, Powys.
Following at 3,500gns was shearling ram from Derek Steen of Ballylinney Livestock, Hawick. This was a ram by a Lluest Commando sold to Farmstock Genetics of Selkirk.
The same buyers also purchased the next leading ram for 2,600gns. This was a shearling ram shown by Northumberland breeders GH Blakey of Thropton Morpeth. This entry was sired by a ram from the Bennett flock 893 and goes back to the flock 1158 lines.
Sale in progress
It was the Male Champion that followed next selling for 2,500gns. This entry was shown by the Bennett family of Meifod, Powys and is bred from a ram from flock 971 and is out of the mother line flock 893. This ram caught the eye of JJ Kingan of Laneside Farm, Dumfries.
Also selling for 2,500gns was the second ram from the pen of HL Nelless of Morpeth. This shearling ram by sired by the flocks ram 893 and is out of a home bred dam. This ram was sold to Northern Ireland enthusiast RT Goligher of Co.Derry.
Champion Pen of Females (shearling gimmers)shown by Lynda Jenkinson of Kirkby Stephen and sold for £190 each
In the female classes, leading the line up was a pen of shearling gimmers from local breeders JA & R Geldard of Levens, Kendal. Selling for £380 a piece this 2nd prize winning pen was secured by Aidan McConville of Co.Down, N.Ireland.
Top priced females (shearling gimmers) shown by JA & R Geldard of Kendal and sold for £380 each
Following at £350 was a pen of gimmers shown by Hamish Goldie of Ruthwell, Dumfries. They were sold to Mr McConville of Northern Ireland.
Reserve Champion Pen of Females (ewe lambs) shown by DN Bennett & Son of Powys and sold for £260 each
Topping the ewe lamb classes was the reserve champion winning pen of lambs shown by DN Bennett & Sons of Meifod, Powys. They sold for £260 and go to local breeder JG Morton of Kirkland, Penrith.
Averages – 118 rams £960.92 (minus £58.11), 2 aged rams £761.25 (n/c), 35 ewes £107.86 (minus £7.68), 1120 shearling gimmers £149.73 (minus £26.80), 809 ewe lambs £97.44 (minus £11.26).