NI Hampshire Downs among the leading entries

A NI bred Hampshire Down ram lamb was among the three leading 1,500gns bids at Stratford on Saturday 1 July at the breed association's official national sale.

Tuesday, 11th July 2017, 10:27 am
Updated Tuesday, 18th July 2017, 8:46 am
Lot 102 from Allen and Victoria McFadden selling for 1,500gns

County Down breeders, Allen and Vicky McFadden, Banbridge, sold an entry by their homebred Royal Ulster champion, Ashley Blackjack for 1,500gns to D Cormack, Billesdon, Leicestershire.

Kevin and Anna McCarthy, Comber, County Down offered their leading homebred ram lamb at 780gns to N Haley, Buckfastleigh, Devon. He was within the breed’s top 5% by Ballycreelly Devil’s Revenge. The McCarthys went on to pay 800gns for a Ballycreelly Murphy sired ram lamb bred by A Brown and G Beckley, Templecombe, Somerset.

Two more ram lambs made 1,500gns each. First was an entry with an Index within the breed’s top 1% by the homebred Thorbeck Hurricane from J Birkwood, Grimsby, Lincolnshire selling to S and A Moore, Brechin, Angus. The same breeder offered another 1,500gns ram lamb, this time a Kelsey Nobleman son within the top 1% who headed the performance recorded ram lamb class and he sold to E and A Jones, Wymondham, Norfolk.

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The shearling ram section was led at 1,180gns by an entry within the breed’s top 25% by the homebred Eastfortune Balfour from Brand and Son, East Fortune, East Lothian to S Harries, Whitland, Pembrokeshire. Another ram lamb by Balfour from the same breeders made 880gns to P Meredith, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, whilst their leading shearling ewe again by Eastfortune Balfour made 650gns to Richards Bros, Cilmery, Powys.

Averages: Females: 18 shearlings £529; 19 lambs £421. Rams: 4 shearlings £703; 25 lambs £653.

Auctioneers: Bletsoes