NI Hampshire Downs lead trade

Leading shearling ewe at 800gns from Ballycreelly
Leading shearling ewe at 800gns from Ballycreelly

Northern Ireland bred Hampshire Downs led the trade selling at 1,000gns in Stratford on Saturday 27 June at the breed association’s premier sale.

Sale leader at 1,000gns was a ram lamb by the homebred Moybrick Wonder and out of a Millfields bred ewe from John and Olive Mercer, Dromore. He went to join Geoff Todd’s Westmains flock, Wallyford, East Lothian.

Next ram lamb in the ring by Moybrick Wonder from the same breeders made 770gns to Bethany Phillips, for her Greenwell flock, Blaydon Burn, Tyne and Wear.

The day’s second leading ram lamb commanded an 800gns bid from Robert Dewey, St Andrews. Sired by homebred Thorbeck Hurricane from Jim Birkwood, North Thoresby, Grimsby, he was within the breed’s top 10%.

Another entry from the same breeder and within the top 10%, this time by Kelsey I-Muscle, sold for 580gns to Josephine Wray, Carrnlough, Antrim.

Kevin McCarthy, Comber led the shearling ewe section at 800gns and received 720gns for a ewe lamb which was one of a pair which secured the female championship. Both entries were by Ballycreelly Why Not and went home together with Lancashire breeder R Melling, Scarisbrick.

Mr McCarthy also headed the shearling ram section at 630gns with an entry by the homebred Ballycreelly Devilsadvocate selling to breed newcomer, Jodie Hooks, Bullamoor, Northallerton together with four more entries.

Averages: rams: 3 shearlings £553; 24 lambs £544.25; ewes: 7 shearlings £441; 12 lambs £458.50.

Auctioneers: Bletsoes