A new breed record of 4000gns was achieved at the Zwartbles Sheep Association Premier Sale held at Carlisle.
Taking the new record was lamb ram Didcot Ferrari who was the Overall Champion at the pre-sale show and consigned by Heather Hourston, Orkney. After furious bidding Ferrari was sold to Messrs Davies, Powys.
A further five lamb rams met very strong trade. Hayberries Full Tilt from P & S Addison sold for 3800gns in a three way split to M Preston, R Heigh and A Ingleby, Yorkshire. Didcot Fjord sold at 1800gns to F Wilkie, Aberdeenshire while Didcot Forever, Didcot Freddie and Stainmore Freshprince from L & F Brown Durham achieved 1200gns going home with E Harrold, Aberdeenshire, G & A Francis Carmarthen and C & C Cormack Berwickshire.
Aged rams topped at 2000gns for The Fort Del Boy from R Heigh, M Preston & A Ingleby and sold to Messrs Hutchinson, Downpatrick, Northern Ireland. Selling at 1800gns was Pistyll Charmer from G & H Francis selling to Heather Hourston, Orkney.
Shearling rams sold to a top of 1600gns for Hayberries Embassy from P&S Addison and went to Messrs Geldard & Hodgson, Cumbria. Next at 1000gns Aquila Earthquake from N & R Henderson, Stirling was purchased by Croy Cunningham Farms, Glasgow.
The flying trade continued in the females with shearling gimmers topping twice at 2100gns for Killymallaght Enchant from A & R Megarrell selling to I Brisbane, Wigtownshire and Castle Hill Eccles from S Inns, Banbury selling to the Hutchinsons, Downpatrick. They also took home two further gimmers at 2000gns Joyfield Eyecatcher from J & N Millar, Dumfries and Killymallaght Elegant from A & R Megarrell as well as the Reserve Overall and Champion Female Castle Hill Elena at 1800gns.
Ewe lambs trade topped at 1600gns for Bessiebell 00744 from S Smyth, Northern Ireland selling to N & R Henderson, Stirling then next at 1500gns was paid by C & H Duffy, Wigtownshire for Greystone Flighty from McLaren & Baird, Stirling and then 1200gns for Glenfield Firefly from E & L Rowlandson selling to C & C Cormack, Berwickshire two further lambs made 1000gns Donbraid Faye from I & A Donald selling to S Steward, Banffshire and Cragie Fifty One from S Craig, Roxburghshire selling to M Booth West Yorkshire.
This fourteenth sale had a flying trade throughout with averages up on previous years with lots of breeders and new members buying.
Averages – 6 Aged Ewes £322.08 (+£178.58); 53 Shearling Gimmers £516.50 (+£120.79); 55 Ewe Lambs £385.25 (-£2.05); 7 Aged Rams £885.00 (+£430); 17 Shearling Rams £540.81 (-£63.92); 42 Ram Lambs £631.33 (+£141.33).