Following a very buoyant sale season so far, there was much optimism for today and breeders were not disappointed with averages far exceeding last year.
In a socially distanced sale ring, the crowd gathered and the shearling ewes set off at £195 and £200 so the bar was set and stayed set throughout the sale. There were 18 pens of shearling ewes at £200 and above with nothing selling under £172. The ewe lambs saw all pens sell over £100 with 18 pens realising £120 plus. The rams saw 35 hit 1000gns and above.
The shearling ewes were topped at £250/head when JK Goldie, Ruthwell sold to D Mullan, Coleraine. H Goldie, Ruthwell sold at £240/head to A Calwell, Ballymena. E & D Jones, Machynlleth sold the last pen into the ring for £228/head to Capper Farming, Johnstone. D Steen, Moffat sold at £215/head to RV & G Jones, Wrexham. L Jenkinson, Kirkby Stephen sold a pen of 10 for £212/head to Capper Farming. JA & R Geldard & Sons, Kendal started their run off at £210/head when bought by W & J Mair, Cumnock. The section averaged at £192.50, £29.50 up on the year.
The momentum continued into the ewe lambs. Farmstock Genetics, Selkirk realised the days top priced females when selling their top pen at £290/head to C McConville, Newry. The same buyer also bought a pen from JG Morton, Penrith at £160/head. JR Graham & Partners, Biggar had a large run selling his first pen at £145/head and another pen at £130/head both to RM Oglesby, York. Farmstock Genetics sold further pens at £135/head and £130/head to RM Oglesby and D & MA Wilson, Workington. RV & GE Jones, Wrexham made their journey worthwhile selling their pen at £135/head to AJ & A Mackintosh, Ravenglass. With a section average of £127 they are ahead by £30 on the year.
The rams were topped by well known breeders E & D Jones, Machynlleth who have topped many of the ram sales this year. With a Lluest Ram (00599/1910879) sired by Brightonhouse Gold Card. He sold for 7000gns to Breeder Laga Farms in Orkney. Next JA & R Geldard & Sons, Kendal sold a Wraycastle Ram (00621/1917222) sired by Netherton Fearless for 5000gns to breeder T Moffatt, Biggar. The Geldard’s sold another Wraycastle Ram (00621/19178610) sired by a Nelless ram for 3200gns to H & M Dugdale & Son, Settle. GH Blakey, Morpeth had a successful day selling Netherton Invincible (01158/1906892) sired by Whitlaw Flippin Good for 4000gns to AW Davies, Pwllheli. He sold Netherton Injector (01158/1906836) by the same sire for 2500gns to G & A Fort, Keighley. Mr Blakey had another ram at 2200gns and a further three at 1600gns. WJ & DJ Williams, Pwllheli sold Tacho Ideal (00350/1905257) by Macaroni Grenade for 2800gns to E & D Jones, Machynlleth. Early on in the sale JK Goldie sold Goldies Inspiration (01207/1904982) by a Laga ram for 2500gns to G & A Fort. Rams that were picked out by breeders sold well with over 75% sold averaging £1163, £270 in front of last year.
Shearling Ewes to £250 av. £192.50 (+29.50)
Ewe Lambs to £290 av. £127 (+30)
Rams to 7000gns av. £1163 (+270)