The first entry of the lamb rams secured the top price of 1,100gns at the annual show and sale for the Poll Dorset & Dorset Horn sheep breeders society.
Richhill Stallone, top price entry selling at 1000gns and shown by Ben Lamb, Co.Armagh, N.Ireland.
Northern Ireland breeder Thomas Wright of the Ballytaggart flock based at Co.Antrim took the leading price tag of 1,100gns for his November 2011 born entry Ballytaggart Saxon. His full brother sold at Ballymena Premier Sale held in July this year and a full sister is retained in the flock. Saxon is a son of Ballytaggart Premium and out of one of the best ewes in the flock. He was successfully purchased by S Driver of Glossop, Derbyshire.
Supreme & Female Champion shown by David Rossiter of Devon and sold for 370gns. L/R – Tom Stevenson (Natural Stockcare – sponsor), David Rossiter (winner), Brenda Wear (judge), Andrew Cowan (Fearing – sponsor).
The Male and Reserve Supreme Champion entry from Thomas Wright of Northern Ireland followed next in the price listing selling for 600gns. Ballytaggart S114, a December 2011 born ram lamb, is sired by Downkillybegs Nighthawk and goes back to Downkillybegs Jethro on his mothers side. This lamb w travels to Cornwall for M Care of Helston.
Reserve Supreme & Male Champion shown by Thomas Wright of N.Ireland and sold for 600gns. L/R – Andrew Cowan (Fearing – sponsor), Thomas Wright (winner), Brenda Wear (judge), Tom Stevenson (Natural Stockcare – sponsor).
Also reaching up to the four figure mark at 1,000gns was a sole lamb entry from Ben Lamb of Co.Armagh, N.Ireland. Richhill Stallone, an ARR/ARR ram sired by Downkillybegs Pegasus and out of Granagh N19 mother, carries the Myomax Muscle gene. He was sold to Marianne Sheed for her Strathbogie flock based at Huntly, Aberdeenshire.
Heading up the female classes at 700gns was the events female and supreme champion a ewe lamb shown by David Rossiter of the Huish flock based in Devon. This lady is a Bennachie Nimrod bred daughter who sold with a maternal index of 280 and sire index of 265, and mothers breeding carries Blackhill Kipper. She was purchased by TW Holland of Cardigan, Ceredigion.
Also coming from the Huish flock of David Rossiter and selling for 540gns was the top priced shearling gimmer entry. She is a daughter of Hilltop Lloyd and carries the Downkillybegs Humdinger pedigree in the mothers breeding line. She sold in lamb to to Bennachie Nimrod and also joins her pen mate to go to Wales for TW Holland.
One lot earlier and from the same pen came the next female price at 500gns. This entry carried the same sire and dam line breeding and also in lamb to the Bennachie ram, she also travels on the same transport for TW Holland.
Also coming in at 500gns was the last gimmer to go through the sale ring which was an entry from D Lewis of Narberth, Pembroke. This was a daughter of Polgreen Lloyd and out of a Weston bred mother by Sandford Dynamite. She sold in lamb to Downkillybegs Picasso and was kcked down to L Crowther of Bromyard, Herefordshire.
Averages – 32 shearling gimmers £313.36, 13 ewe lambs £296.42, 36 penned females £214.38, 9 lamb rams £645.00