Strong support from the Republic of Ireland for Dorset export sale

Reserve champion exhibit with breeder Ben Lamb and judge Gary Henderson
Reserve champion exhibit with breeder Ben Lamb and judge Gary Henderson

On Friday, August 14, the NI Dorset Club held their 4th Annual Hilltown Export Show and Sale at Hilltown Mart, Rathfriland.

Champion of the day as judged by Mr Gary Henderson of the Sandleford flock in Bushmills, Co Antrim, was lot number one, a September born ram lamb, who’s full brother was sold at the May Fair in Exeter 2015 for 1,000gns.

Hilltown 2015 champion with breeder Thomas Wright

Hilltown 2015 champion with breeder Thomas Wright

He was presented by Thomas Wright, owner of the Ballytaggart flock in Ballymoney, Co Antrim, and was purchased for 550gns by David Nelson for his Fortview flock in Banbridge.

The reserve champion was lot number eight from Ben Lamb’s Richhill flock in Co Armagh. This was a strong October born ram lamb which stood second in the ram lamb show class and achieved the second highest price of the day at 460gns, to D. Hughes, Annalong.

Thomas Wright also achieved 380gns for his second lot into the ring, a December born ram lamb which sold to Ernest Skuce of Co Cork.

The third highest price reached went to the first prize ewe lamb, lot number 36, which was presented by Graham and Mary Cubitt’s Kildowney flock in Glarryford. This was a stylish December born lamb which had been running with the ram prior to the sale. She realised 400gns to buyer Aaron Fearon for his Newross flock in Newry Co.Down.

First prize ewe lamb with Breeder Mary Cubitt

First prize ewe lamb with Breeder Mary Cubitt

Other leading ewe lamb prices included, 340gns for a lamb sold by G&M Cubitt Glarryford to Ernest Skuce, Co.Cork, Ben Lamb, Richhill, Co Armagh realised 300gns to buyer Magee, Rostrevor.

There was strong trade for in lamb ewes, with John Wilson of the Tardree flock in Kells Co.Antrim leading the way as his two lots in the category realised 320gns each, to buyer P Brannigan, Newry.

Despite the downturn in the Euro this year the breeders were delighted to see buyers from the Republic of Ireland, some from as far as Co Cork. In total buyers from the south purchased 60% of the rams sold and one ewe lamb also.

The Northern Ireland Dorset Club greatly appreciates the continued support of MSD Animal Health, who once again generously sponsored this event. The club also extends thanks to auctioneer Mark Stewart, John Farnon, Hilltown Market Manager, Mary Savage and the staff at Hilltown Mart whose assistance greatly contributed to the success of the day.

The next date in the club calendar is the Autumn show and sale which will take place on Wednesday 14th October 2015 at Ballymena Livestock Market.


Rams - average £354

Ewe lambs – average £248

Aged Ewes – average £287