On Friday 31st August, Borderway Mart played host to consignment sales from the prizewinning ‘Dooley’ and ‘Drumrash’ pedigree Beltex flocks; of Mr David Thornley, Derbyshire and Messrs D & J Cruickshank, Castle Douglas. Breeders from the length and breadth of the UK were in attendance to bid for the range of leading genetics on offer from both of these highly respected flocks.
Dooley Rosebud – 3,200gns
Capturing the leading price of the day was shearling gimmer Dooley Rosebud who went under the hammer at 3,200gns. The stylish gimmer is the product of a fusion of leading imported genetics from sire Viagrow die Musschen and the very best of homebred lines on the maternal side. Dam, Dooley Karen, is one of the flocks most consistently successful ewes and mother of the 18,000gn Dooley Nepal as well as the 2012 Great Yorkshire Show Champion. Heading home with the potential-laden shearling was KJ Armistead, Dalton-in-Furness, Cumbria for the Kelstead flock.
Demonstrating the level of demand for this potent genetic combination; the next two leading prices were paid for full siblings to Rosebud. Dooley Rosey captured the second highest price of the day when trading for 2,500gns to the Duncanstone flock of Mr AJ Millar, Insch, Aberdeenshire before Dooley Roselee was snapped up for 2,100gns by Mr A Morton, Denny, Stirlingshire.
Dooley Rosey – 2,100gns
At 1,750gns was Dooley Runner, a product of fully imported bloodlines; she is sired by Jef V/D drie Musschen, out of a dam from the same Belgian flock. She was kcked down to Harry Wood, Preston, Lancashire.
A bid of 1,400gns was eugh to secure a slice of the success new sire Bacus V/H Groentenhof has brought to the Dooley Flock. The Belgian import has already sired two consecutive ram lamb Champions at the Great Yorkshire show; Dooley Rambo in 2011 before repeating the feat with Dooley Racer in 2012. His daughter, Dooley Rasiste, w heads to the ted Corra prefix of Messrs G & H Forsyth, Castle Douglas.
Also at 1,400gns was Dooley Retal, sired by Dooley Pretal out of Ben Van de Elzerij. Buying this time was Neil Caul, Kirton of Auchterhouse, Angus.
Drumrash Not Tonight – 1,800gns
Leading the prices from the Drumrash consignment was 2009-born ewe Drumrash Not Tonight. Potential buyers needed little convincing about this ewes breeding potential; with a run of embryo daughters impressing in the lines and later grossing £1890 through the ring. She sold for 1,800gns in a two-way split to Messrs RE Wood & Sons, Biggar, Lanarkshire and S Wood, Westhill Aberdeenshire.
Following at 1,600gns was Drumrash Preseley ET; a Brickrow Jaguar daughter out of a Brickrow Kckout ewe. She sold to the Smilers prefix of Messrs Davidson, Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire.
Mr Davidson had also paid 1,100gns for the preceding lot Drumrash Page, a Broughton McCosh daughter, from ather of the flocks Brickrow Kckout daughters.
Drumrash Peggy Sue, three-quarter same way bred as Drumrash Page also sold for 1,100gns in a half-share deal between JW Cowan, Auchincruive and G & S Sinclair, Castle Douglas.
Dooley Flock: 8 Ewes £485.63, 33 Shearling Gimmers £881.05, 19 Ewe Lambs £299.50Drumrash Flock: 40 Ewes £483.79, 26 Shearling Ewes £489.46, 14 Ewe Lambs £405.00