Longhorn cattle took top honours in this section securing the top four prices through this ring and D & A Blockley’s Bradford based Southfield herd was responsible for all of these.
Topping the section was the 2nd prize junior heifer Southfield Raven who sold for £1160 to Messrs Beattie from Omagh. This heifer comes from a good family of show winners with her sire Southfield Nitro winning Male Champion at the Great Yorkshire Show in 2014 and her dam Southfield Dynasty breeding many show champions.
Following this at £1080 was Raven’s twin sister Southfield River who was also purchased by Messrs Beattie.
Another Southfield Nitro daughter, Southfield Romance sold for £1000 to Riverside Livestock. This heifer won 1st prize in her class at the pre-sale show and went on to be purchased by Riverside Livestock based in Northern Ireland.
Dexter’s sold to a top of £950 for the 2nd prize senior heifer Reedshaw Jan consigned by M & Y Medley. Jan was sired by Brambledel Red Kite and sold with her March born bull calf at foot to Messrs McGuiness from Lancashire.
The 1st prize Dexter bull and Reserve Champion sold for £800 to Messrs Neilson from Annan. This January 2017 born bull, Castlescreen Dynamite, has been shown successfully winning champion calf at Gosford show and 2nd prize at Balmoral show this year. Dynamite was sired by Ballyloughan Chevalier who himself has an enviable show record.
In the other cattle breeds a Red Poll heifer, Windyknowe Belinda, consigned by MH Neilson sold for £640 and a cow from the same vendor at £600. Two Irish Moiled bulling heifers alos sold for £600 each.
Ryeland’s topped the sheep section on Saturday when the ewe lamb Mansel F39817 from RA & AM Howell sold for the top price of £1200. This lamb sired by Ruslin Topnotch was purchased by Messrs Reich from Preston.
Mrs AJ Robinson from Wigton sold the shearling gimmer, Hawthorns F38405, for £500 to Messrs Miskin, Hexham. This gimmer was sired by Ruslin Snow White and out of a homebred ewe.
In the Coloured Ryeland section the shearling ram Night Star Xplosion from T & G Glover’s flock sold for £500. Sired by Sproxton Umpire this shearling was purchased by Messrs Williams from Ulverston.
Two Coloured Ryelands sold for £450, both from Messrs Glover’s flock and sired by Sproxton Umpire. The first was the shearling Night Star X-Factor purchased by Messrs Garton from Kirkcaldy and following this was the ram lamb Night Star Yeti who was bought by Messrs Pink from York.
The Kerry Hill’s topped at £1100 for a ram from RF & DJ Price of Pentrenant Farm, Powys. This lamb sired by Reidstown 40245 and out of a homebred dam won 2nd prize ram lamb in the pre-sale show. He was purchased by Messrs Owens from Leominster.
The same vendor was responsible for the next two best Kerry Hill prices. At £1000 was Pentrenant 41498 the 1st prize shearling ram and Overall Kerry Hill Champion sired by Woodhouse 2 40198. He sold to Messrs Riddoch from Keith, Moray.
At £580 was another Pentrenant shearling ram this time sired by Woodhouse 2 40416 who won Champion and sold for £1600 at this sale last year. This ram sold to Messrs Wards from Whitby.
Two Kerry Hills sold for £500 this first of these was a shearling ram from Jack Graham, Corrie, Lockebie. Birsca Bobby sired by Fronarth 40593 was purchased by Messrs Swainson of Thursby, Carlisle.
The Reserve Male Champion was the other to sell at £500 this was a ram lamb from Messrs Mitchell of Grassknop Farm, Penrith. Sired by Reidstown 41301 this lamb ws purchased by Messrs Donald from Dalrymple, Ayrshire.
Female Kerry Hills topped at £400 for a shearling gimmer from Mr JT Wigham’s Riggshield flock purchased by Messrs Blakey from Morpeth.
The Shetland Sheep Society held their National Show and Sale over the weekend which topped at £500 for a shearling ram from Philip Cowan and Amy Houghton. This was Wadley Ludovico who had won 2nd prize shearling ram, 1st prize patterned sheep and Reserve Coloured Champion in the pre-sale show. He was purchased by Tribridge Dairy based near Durham.
The 1st prize winning aged ram, Jupiter of Cockairney, sold for £400. Consigned by F & A Hipwell this ram had won best coloured sheep at the Royal Highland Show in 2017 and was purchased on Saturday by Messrs Allan from Trowbridge, Wiltshire.
Also at £400 was the Coloured Champion from L Carruthers. This was the shearling ram Cronklea Gabe who was purchased by Messrs MacKinnon from Berwick Upon Tweed.
The 1st prize shearling ram and Reserve Male Champion Kole of Cockairney again from F & A Hipwell, sold for £250 and is another going to Tribridge Dairy, Durham.
Shetland females topped at £320 for the 1st prize ewe lamb and female champion from B & J Watson’s Muncaster flock.
In the other breeds Wensleydale sheep sold to a top of £550 for a shearling ram consigned by JN & SM Prescott from Morpeth and purchased by Messrs Beattie from Northern Ireland.
Greyfaced Dartmoor’s sold to £450 for a shearling ram from JD & G Short purchased by Messrs McCreery, Co Tyrone.
Other sheep leading prices: Border Leicester Lot 1046 £390, Lot 405 £320, Lot 408 £250 Valais Blacknose Lot 960 £300, Lot 964 £300, Lot 961 £250, Lot 963 £220Dorset Lot 893 £220, Lot 520 £190 Clun Forest Lot 893 £200, Lot 897 £160 Oxford Down Lot 526 £180, Lot 527 £160, Lot 528 £160, Lot 529 £160 Hebridean Lot 457 £105, Lot 466 £100, Lot 476 £100
A large entry of goats attracted strong interest and achieved a top price of £500 for a male Pigmy from Dr A & Mrs J Crozier, Heads Nook, Brampton. Pigmy goats were particulary popular with I & NF Milborrn from Walby, Carlisle selling a female for £330 and J & V Crozier selling another at £320.
Pigs sold to a top of £150 twice, firstly for a Middle White boar from Brian Merry and secondly for a Large White boar from Stephen Lockett. A further four pigs sold for £140, all were Glocester Old Spot boars and consigned by John McEwan.
Poultry & Waterfowl
The poultry and waterfowl section was very popular and topped at £600 twice for two pair of Mallard Call Ducks. This was followed at £400 for a Pair of Call Duck.
Elsewhere, a trio of White Silkies topped the poultry section when selling for £300 followed by a trio of Gold Dutch at £250.