The Beltex Sheep Society made a welcome return to Newark Livestock Market for the Spring Selection Sheep Fair where entries from north of the Border led the trade.
Selling for the top price of 1150gns was Ali Jackson’s Edenfauld Almond, a four-year-old Quarrymount TNT daughter originally bred by John Metcalfe. Bred from the Airyolland Nailer-sired Edenfauld Rosebel, she sold to Joshua Jack, Shenley Brook End, Milton Keynes, along with her Belvoir View Chaos View-sired ram lamb at foot, the January-born TipTop Eggy.
Mr Jack later bought a pair of January-born ewe lambs with their recipient dam from Ali’s Tiptop flock at Maulscastle Farm House, Cummertrees, Annan. Tiptop Ellie ET and Tiptop Ebony ET are sired by Belvoir View Chaos and out of Edenfauld Anita, a Matt’s Wonka daughter.
Mr Jackson also received 520gns from N Gill and K Kennedy, Borrowdale, Keswick, Cumbria, for Tiptop Donna ET, a ewe hogg out of his Lesmahagow champion, Tiptop Bubble Gum, and sired by Ardstewart Comanchero.
Stuart Wood’s Woodies flock all the way from Woolhillock, Skene, Aberdeenshire, was also in the money and received a top call of 1100gns for a ewe hogg named Woodies Diva. Sired by the 8000gns Woodies Beyond Limits and out of the Bishops Arnold daughter, Bishops Blue Eyes, she heads back north to a new home at Miller Farms, Midmar, Inverurie.
MR Pickford, Mersham, Ashford, paid 850gns for a pair of embryo lambs, Woodies Exot ET and Woodies Ella ET, and their recipient dam. This ram lamb and ewe lamb are out of one of the flock’s best import ewes and by the 5000gns Bailey Brook CR7.
Another Woodies sheep to make the journey north, this time to Dufftown, Morayshire, with SW Robertson, was Woodies Daze ET. Sired by Airyolland Weapon, she is out of an import named Notice de Quatre Vents and was knocked down for 850gns.
Also selling to SW Robertson, this time for 650gns, was Woodies Daffodil ET, which is out of a V/D Harlembois ewe which also produced the first prize ewe lamb at last year’s Royal Highland Show. Her sire is Cothi Champ.
At 550gns was Woodies Disco Diva ET, which heads to Monyash, Bakewell, Derbyshire, with MJ Wells and Son. Her pedigree features imported bloodlines and her sire is the noted Double O Seven.
Richard and Rachel Sharp saw entries from their Belvoir View flock at Top Farm, Eaton, Grantham, peak at 800gns twice. First to sell at that price to GB Howsam, Stickford, Boston, was Belvoir View Chrissy, a Belvoir View Ace of Spades daughter bred from the Du Clos Des Alouettes-sired Cern Rita 2. She changed hands with her pair of lambs by Callacrag Cowboy at foot, Belvoir View Ethan and Belvoir View Ethel.
Matching that when sold to D and A Fenwick, Knaith, Gainsborough, was Belvoir View Applejack ET. She is backed by home genetics, being by Belvoir View Apple Jack and out of Belvoir View Blue Angel, a Clary Twitter daughter.
The Fenwicks paid a further 500gns for Belvoir View Cuddle Me and her Callacrag Cowboy-sired ewe lamb, Belvoir View Esther. Out of another Clary Twitter daughter, Belvoir View Amelia, she is by a Curwen Hill tup.
Averages: 18 Ewes with lambs at foot, £338.92; two recipients with lambs at foot, £761.25; 32 empty ewe hoggs, £317.30.