The Beltex Sheep Society’s opening and largest sale of the season at Carlisle saw strong demand from both pedigree and commercial breeders, with an increase in the number of sheep sold on last year in all sections.
Trade was led at 16,000gns in the shearling ram section, with this top call paid for Black Jack Well Hung from Ross and Kirsty Williams. By Todhall Superstar, this one is out of Black Jack Pipa, a Ballydown Magnus daughter. This one made the final line up at the Highland this year and was knocked down to Paul Slater, Macclesfield.
Selling for the second top of the sale was another shearling ram, this time from Andrew Baillie. This was Callacrag Wise Crack. This Muirton Toy Boy son is out of a Clary Navy daughter and was reserve male champion in the pre-sale show. This one sold to Allan, Cami and Ali Jackson at 13,000gns.
Following him at 9500gns was one from Mary Dunlop. This was Broughton Willie Wonder, a Padkin Sugar Daddy son out of Broughton Sahara, a Woodies Ringleader daughter. This one sold to David and Matthew Prince, Chesterfield, Derbyshire.
And selling at 8000gns was the best of the sale from Stuart Wood, Woodies William. This one is by Todhall Supreme and out of an imported ewe and sold to Richard Wood and family for the Kingledores flock.
Next in the money were the Buckle family when selling Plumtree Wonderful. This Ardstewart Super Mario son is out of Whatmore Ruby and was knocked down at 7500gns to Tony Sayer.
Stuart Wood then took 6000gns for Woodies Wicked, a full ET brother to the 8000gns Woodies William.
Paul Tippetts then sold his best at 5000gns. This was Hackney Wonderboy, a Scooby Doo son out of Hackney Star, with this one selling to Matthew Burleigh, Northern Ireland.
Then Dunlop family then enjoyed a couple of decent prices, taking 4200gns for Broughton Willies-Got-It. This one is by Padkin Sugar Daddy and out of the same Woodies Ringleader daughter as their 9500gns sheep and sold to Messrs Knight.
Another Sugar Daddy from the Dunlops, Corstane Waitiangi then sold at 4000gns. By Padkin Sugar Daddy, this one is out of Corstane Sexy-Seven, a Woodies Ringleader daughter and was bought by J A McGarva, Annan.
At the same money was another from Ross and Kirsty Williams, Black Jack Willy Wonka. This is a Glenkeen Sanders son out of the Belgian import Madonna Du Bouchi and sold to Colin Barnes, Dungannon.
Another 4000gns call then lead the aged ram trade with this paid for Woodies Ringleader from Messrs Dunlop and Maclean. By Glentre Norris, he’s out of the Ardstewart Lord Almighty daughter Woodies Natasha. He heads to Messrs Jones, Talsarnau, Gwynydd.
Ram lamb trade
Leading the ram lambs was a 12,000gns for one from Matthew Burleigh, Matt’s Abracadabra, a Hackney Warrior son out of Matt’s Professional, a Beechtree Nightrider daughter. This one sold to Harry Wood, Dutton, Lancashire.
Rory Gregor’s sole ram lamb entry repaid the faith he had in it, selling for 9000gns. This was Gregor’s Achilles, a Kingledores Wordsworth son out of an imported dam and was second prize lamb at the Highland. He sold to a five partner consortium of John Barclay, Jim Kennedy, Andrew Morton, Messrs Sinclair and A Ireland.
Richard Wood and family then followed that with a 5800gns sale for Kingledores Apollo, the male and reserve overall champion from the pre-sale show. This son of Myna The Godfather is out of Kingledores Pearl, a Vaigrow daughter. He sold to Matthew Burleigh’s Matt’s flock.
Stuart Wood then took 5000gns for Woodies Awesome, a Glenkeen Sanders daughter out of a Belgian ewe, with this one selling to Messrs Evans.
And making 4500gns was Buckles Absolute from Kevin and Rachel Buckle. This one is an Ardstewart Super Mario son out of Woodies Natasha, an Ardstewart Lord Almighty daughter and sold in a two-way split to Tony Sayer and Messrs Armistead.
Moving on through and at 4200gns was Smart Ass Alfie from the Owen family. This is by The Godfather and out of Woodies Rice Crispie, a Glantre Norris daughter. He sold to Messrs Wilkinson.
Just shy of that came the best of the day from the Whiteford family, Tercrosset Action Man, an Airyolland Nailer son. This one is out of an Ardstewart Mustang daughter and sold at 4000gns to Rory Gregor and Neale and Janet McQuiston.
The Young family’s Muirton pen then saw a top price of 3800gns for Muirton A Penny’s Worth. By the Belgian National Show champion Dean V / H Vrijbos, he’s out of the Glantre Norris daughter Woodies Rearend. He was knocked down in a share to Paul Tippetts and Dave Thornley.
Next best from this pen was a call of 3600gns for Muirton Arctic Fox. This Padkin Sugar Daddy son is out of a home bred Broughton McCosh dam and heads to Bryan Ryder.
Next to make a notable price was Broughton Ale from the Dunlop family, with this Padkin Sugar Daddy son out of Broughton Tutti Frutti, a Woodies Ringleader daughter selling at 3000gns. He was sold Messrs Jackson and Cousar, with the Dunlops retaining a share too.
Jock McMillan’s Clary pen then found the buyers eager, with a top of 3000gns for Clary Ambassador, a Cookstown Hamish son out of Clary Taboo, a Clary Supersonic daughter. This one sold to Wade and Alison McCrabbe.
Next best at 2900gns was Matt’s Ambasssador from Matthew Burleigh, with this Warrior son out of Clary Treasure, a Clary Supersonic daughter, selling to Stuart Currie, Beautry.
Shearling ewe trade was led at 5000gns by the overall champion from the pre-sale show, Buckles Watercress from Kevin and Rachel Buckle.
By the 2014 Royal Highland reserve champion Broxty Supreme and out of Jocund Du Chene, this one was first at Cumberland Show and second at the Great Yorkshire. The dam has also been shown as an aged ewe and was first at Great Yorkshire in 2011 and 2013. She was knocked down to Andrew Wood.
At the same money was one from Richard Wood, Kingledores Wistful. This Glenkeen Sanders daughter is out of a Viagrow daughter and sold to C Birrell and Co, Castle Douglas.
Then making 3000gns a few lots later was David Thornley’s Dooley Whitney. This Ardstewart Paprazzi daughter is out of an imported dam and was reserve breed champion at Great Yorkshire. She sold to David Findlay.
Two then sold at 2600gns for Stuart Wood. The first of these was Woodies Worse for Wear. By Glenkeen Sanders, this one is out of an imported ewe and sold to R M Machray, Inverurie.
Then straight after at the same money was Woodies Winner Takes All. By the 9000gns Padkin Sugar Daddy, this one is out of the Crocodile and sold to A T Davies, Llanleli.
Selling at 2500gns was Glen Forsyth’s best of the day, with this being Corra Waterford, a Glantre Royce daughter which sold to Harry Wood.
At 2200gns sale Black Jack Wilma from Ross and Kirsty Williams. Sired by Padkin Sugar Daddy this one is out of Black Jack Shagwell, a Ballydown Magnus daughter. This one sold to Glenisla Beltex, Huntly.
And making 2000gns was David Thornley’s second gimmer, Dooley Whiskey. This Ardstewart Paparazzi daughter is out of an imported dam and sold to A J and T Snaith, Morpeth.
The first of Jock McMillan’s Clary pen then sold at 1700gns. This was Clary Well Done and ET-bred gimmer by Clary Supersonic and is out of the Eskdale Lionhearted daughter Clary Peebles. She was the choice of Colin Barnes, Dungannon.
Then completing a strong pen from Stuart Wood was Woodies Wakefield selling for 1700gns. By Todhall Superstar, this one is out of an imported ewe and was bought by A G and A Rothwell, Isle of Man.
Averages; 675 shearling rams £931.02, six aged rams £1254.75, 191 ram lambs £1090.87, 250 shearling ewes £705.60 (Harrison and Hetherington).