Hampshire Downs met a solid trade selling to a top of 1,240gns at Stratford on Sunday 1 July at the breed association’s premier show and sale which attracted both new breeders and commercial producers to the packed ringside.
Sale leader at 1,240gns,
a ram lamb from Charles and Sally Horrell
The leading 1,240gns bid went to a homebred ram lamb within the breed’s top 5% on SRS performance index, he was by Yarcombe Juggernaut and out of homebred ewe from Charles and Sally Horrell’s, Pode Hole flock, Peterborough. He went to join Robert and Kay Vincent’s 75 ewe Carmarthen based flock along with the next highest ram lamb at 1,040gns from Jean Ritchie’s Parkstock flock, Chard. Another entry within the breed’s top 5%, he was by Wattisfield Top Draw and out of a Dunraven bred ewe.
Two more Juggernaut sired Pode Hole bred ram lambs within the breed’s top1% were in the money – the first at 780gns was the Signet SRS performance champion to Jim Birkwood, Grimsby, and the other at 500gns to Noel Foster, Donard, County Wicklow. The Horrells invested some of their takings when they went to 840gns for the day’s male and overall champion, a ram lamb by Parkstock Royal and out of a Yarcombe sired ewe from Chris and Kay Westlake, Tiverton. “This ram lamb was modern and typical of the breed – he had length and depth together with character and presence,” according to judge, Olive Mercer, while for the Westlakes, it was their first ever championship at the event since they established the flock over 30 years ago.
The Westlakes sold each of their 13 entries including a ram lamb by Yarcombe Apollo and out of a Parkstock sired ewe at 560gns to Jennifer Borsey and Martin Sivill, St Asaph.
The day’s shearling ram trade was led at 1,020gns by a homebred entry by Wattisfield Jimmy and out of a Wattisfield ewe from David and Denise Middleditch’s St-Paul’s flock, Sudbury. The buyer was Michelle Surguy-Price, Ruthin.
Next at 750gns was a ram lamb by Wattisfield Gold Top from HJW Knight and Son, Chippenham to the Derryman family’s Yarcombe flock, Chard. A ram lamb by Millfields Musket and out of a homebred ewe going back to Kelsey lines from Geoff and Jean Boyles, Crediton made 580gns to John and Olive Mercer, Dromore. Lisa Chasney, York secured two entries from Robert and Kay Vincent - she paid 560gns for a ram lamb by Whitehead Crusader and 520gns for a shearling ram by Yarcombe Yodel. Richard Cole’s leading entry at 500gns from his Tavistock based Chaddlehanger flock was a shearling ram by Yarcombe Top Gun to the Derryman family.
The Horrells also offered the leading ewe lamb at 800gns. Sired by Yarcombe Juggernaut and within the breed’s top 5%, she sold to Lee York who took home a further eight entries to swell his 22 ewe flock based in Eniskillen. A Pode Hole shearling ewe by Yarcombe Hussar made 510gns to breed newcomer, Janet Hill, Isle of Bute who secured a further three entries including a shearling ewe at 580gns by Parkstock Royal from the Westlakes who also topped the shearling ewe section at 740gns with an Owlesbury Wonder sired entry to Charles and Sally Horrell. The Horrells also invested 500gns in one of the Westlake’s ewe lambs, who was by Whitehead Taffy and within the breed’s top 1%. Earlier on, she had secured the female and overall reserve championship.
A ewe lamb from Kevin and Anna McCarthy, Comber made 750gns to David and Denise Middleditch while a shearling ewe by Pode Hole I-Spy from Jennifer Atkinson and David Smith, Market Rasen sold for 580gns to Noel Foster.
Averages: 13 shearling rams £492.69; 26 ram lambs £540.75; 18 shearling ewes £402.50; 18 ewe lambs £396.08.
Auctioneers: Henry H Bletsoe
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