On Wednesday, 12th October the NI Dorset Club held their 27th Annual Autumn show and sale at Ballymena Livestock Market.
Judge for the evening was Mr G Henderson of the Sandelford flock in Bushmills and the show and sale was kindly sponsored by Danske Bank, represented by their Agri-business manager Seamus McCormick.
Champion of the show was an aged ewe entered from the Richhill flock of Mr Ben Lamb, Armagh. This ewe sired by Downkillybegs Pegasus and out of the consistent breeding Granagh N19 ewe was scanned in lamb to the 900gns Sandleford Usain. She fetched the second highest price of the evening of 500gns to A.Knox Dromara for his Braeview flock.
The Richhill also secured the reserve champion exhibit at the sale with an in lamb shearling ewe exhibit. Sired by the English ram Manorcroft Thunder, who was placed 3rd in the individual stock ram class at the NI flock competition and out of another Granagh ewe, she later realised a figure of 360gns to D Stevenson, Ballymena.
Achieving 750gns and the highest figure of the sale was a December born ram lamb entered from the Hilltop flock of Mr Richard Currie, Ballymena. Bred out of the 950gns myomax gold carrier Downkillybegs Trudy and a 1800gns ram from the Wilsey flock in England purchased by Richard at the Mayfair, Exeter 2015. This lamb placed Opposite Sex Champion by the judge was purchased by W&K Carson & A McConnell for their Downkillybegs and Beechmount flocks respectively. Ewe lambs sold to 360gns, again for an entrant of the Richhill flock. Sired by Sandleford Usain and out of a stylish homebred ewe, this lamb was purchased again by A.Knox, Dromara.
T&S Knox of the Riverview flock, which was recently placed second small flock in the UK, achieved a figure of 350gns for their 3rd prize ewe lamb. This lamb was out of a ewe which was champion ewe at Balmoral in 2015 and bred the 3000gns ram lamb Riverview Wasabi. She is making her way to a new home in Ballymoney with M&C Patton for their Tullybane flock. Ben Lamb realised 340gns for another Sandleford Usain sired ewe lamb, purchased by A.Morton, Lanark, Scotland. The second placed ewe lamb entered by R.Currie realised 300gns to W.Magee, New Buildings.
Ewe lamb Class – 1st B.Lamb, 2nd R.Currie, 3rd T&S Knox, 4th A.Flemming
Shearling ewe class - 1st B.Lamb, 2nd C.Johnston, 3rd C.Johnston, 4th A.Dodd.
Aged Ewe class – 1st B.Lamb, 2nd B.Lamb, 3rd A.Dodd
Ram Lamb – 1st R.Currie, 2nd R&M Coulter, 3rd K.Kingan, 4th J.Smith
Senior Ram – 1st M.Peden.
Champion - B.Lamb
Reserve Champion – B.Lamb
Opp.Sex Champion - R.Currie
Ewe lamb average - £171
Shearling ewe average - £174.50
Aged ewe average - £350.70
Ram Lamb Average - £373.