Ulster Ram Breeders’ Association Blackface section held its annual show and sale on Monday 2nd October in Ballymena Mart with a 16,000gns Perth Ram Lamb from Billy Grant, Killaloo taking top price of the day. It also stood Reserve Champion Ram Lamb.
A 9000gns Lanark Shearling from Brendan McAllister, Glenarm took the top price in ring 1, Brendan also received 7000gns for another one of his shearlings.
In the Lanark ring 204 shearlings sold to average £865 and 47 ram lambs sold to average £1012. In the Perth ring 35 shearlings sold to average £339 and 63 ram lambs sold to average £1113. Averages were up in three of the four groups but there were 24 less sheep sold compared to last year.
Fourth top price of 6000gns went to two Lanark ram lambs from James McCurdy, Broughshane and Gordon Crawford, Aghanlane, Ballymena, Gordon also received 3200gns for another ram lamb. Tom Adams, Rathkenny took the fifth highest price of 5000gns for a Perth ram lamb. He also received 3200gns for another ram lamb. Damian McSwiggan, Gortin received 4200gns and 3200gns, for Lanark shearlings. Seamus Fegan, Castlewellan, got 3300gns for a Lanark ram lamb while Karl O’Mullan, Dunloy and James Mills, Kilwaughter received 3200gns for their Lanark shearlings.
Other top prices of the day were: 3000gns, 3000gns, 2600gns K O’Mullan, 3000gns R Loughery, 2800gns, 2100gns E McKenna, 2600gns C McAteer, 2600gns T Adams, 2500gns W Smyth, 2200gns V Brennan, 2200gns S Wallace, 2200gns, 1700gns McCormick Bros, 2200gns, 2000gns, 1800gns B McAllister, 2000gns Conway Bros, 2000gns D McSwiggan, 2000gns J McCalmont, 1900gns L McEldowney, 1900gns A Hunter, 1800gns C Breslin, 1800gns Loughash Farms, 1800gns, 1800gns, 1700gns V & P Fullerton,
The day started with the judging. Sandy Smith, Haughton, Scotland judged the Shearlings placing Russell Smyth, Coleraine Champion Shearling which sold for 700gns. Matthew Hamilton, Woolfords, Scotland judged the Ram Lambs placing Conway Bros Champion Ram Lamb which received 2000gns in the sale ring. David Nicol, Viewmount, Scotland judged the Champion of Champions placing Conway Bros’s ram lamb Champion of Champions and Russell’s shearling Reserve Champion of Champions.
Results as follows:
Champion of Champions: Conway Bros, Plumbridge; Reserve Champion of Champions: Russell Smyth, Coleraine
Champion: Russell Smyth, Reserve Champion – Sam Adams 2nd Res. Champion – Conway Bros, 3rd & 4th – Sandy Carson
Class 1 Singles: 1st R Smyth, 2nd G&W Watson, 3rd J Carson, 4th T Adams, 5th R Smyth, 6th T Adams
Class 2 Group of Five: 1st S Carson, 2nd T Adams, 3rd R Crawford, 4th R Smyth, 5th M Smyth
Class 3 Pairs: 1st Conway Bros, 2nd J Carson, 3rd T Wray, 4th S Adams, 5th G Watson, 6th Curran Bros
Champion: Conway Bros. Reserve Champion – Billy Grant, 2nd Res. Champion – Curran Bros, 3rd Tom Adams, 4th William Smyth
Class 1 Singles: 1st Conway Bros, 2nd T Adams, 3rd M Conway, 4th Conway Bros, 5th V Brennan, 6th Gary Watson
Class 2 Group of Three: 1st Conway Bros, 2nd B Grant, 3rd Curran Bros, 4th P McEvoy, 5th T Harkin, 6th J Adams