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Hampshire Downs Achieve New Centre Records

Hampshire Down females met a flying trade and achieved new centre female records in Carlisle on Saturday 26 September at the Association’s annual North West region show and sale.

Shearling ewes sold to a record 1,100gns whilst females averaged a record £566 for 41 lots, the highest number of female entries sold at the centre.

Carlisle centre record female, 1,100gns shearling ewe

Carlisle centre record female, Glanrafon shearling ewe

Leading the way at 1,100gns was a homebred Glanrafon shearling ewe from J Borsey and M Sivill, St Asaph, Denbighshire. Sired by Glanrafon Khan and serviced by the Royal Welsh breed champion Glanrafon Marley, she sold to P Strickland, Austwick, Lancashire. The same buyer invested 940gns in the first prize winning Graylen aged ewe from G and J Galbraith, Kendal, Cumbria. Sired by Lindsey Excel, she had been serviced by Graylen D’Artagnan. Mr Strickland also bid 740gns for a homebred Wattisfield shearling ewe from E J Cresswell, Wattisfield, Norfolk. By Westland Domino, she had run with Edison Edge. The same breeder went on to take 570gns from J and R McFarlane, Stirling, Stirlingshire, for a same sired shearling ewe, also serviced by Edge.

The second highest call of the day came at 970gns for a Coquetdale shearling ewe, entered by the Galbraiths, and purchased by E Metcalfe, Nethy Bridge, Scottish Highlands. Bred by M Curry, Morpeth, Northumberland, she was by Pode Hole Houdini and serviced by Clogherny Hogan. The same buyer bid 800gns for a same sired Coquetdale shearling ewe from the Galbraiths. The purchases continued for E Metcalfe paying 700gns for a Glanrafon shearling ewe from sale leaders J Borsey and M Sivill. Sired by Wattisfield Top Gun, she was run with Glanrafon Marley. The buyer’s final punt was on a Ballycreelly aged ewe at 600gns bred by K P and A E McCarthy, Comber, County Down. Scanned in lamb to twins by Yarcombe Topper, this ewe was sired by Moneycarragh Millionaire.

The gavel went down at 960gns for an in lamb Ballycreelly shearling ewe from the McCarthys, sired by Ballycreelly Whynot and in lamb to Yarcombe Flashman. She went home with J Hooks, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, who went on to pay 800gns for a same sired shearling ewe, also in lamb with twins by Flashman. A call of 740gns from the same buyer secured a third Ballycreelly in lamb shearling ewe, this time by Ballycreelly Whatnot and scanned in lamb to Ballycreelly Devilsadvocate. Continuing with the Ballycreely breeding, they invested 700gns twice for two ewe lambs, one by Ballycreelly Whynot and the first prize winner by Yarcombe Topper.

Back with the shearling ewes and 620gns was paid for a Ballyvester shearling ewe entered by the McCarthys and bred by E Robinson, Donaghadee, County Down. Sired by Ballycreelly Whatthedevil and scanned in lamb with twins by the Royal Welsh interbreed champion Glanrafon George, she sold to L Cooke, Ormskirk, Lancashire, who went on to bid 540gns for a Graylen aged ewe entered by E McCune, Carlisle, Cumbria and bred by the Galbraiths. This one was sired by Ballycreelly Montgomery and serviced by Maes-glas Rolo.

Next came a call of 600gns for a Betterside shearling ewe bred by D and T Blenkharn, Carlisle, Cumbria and sired by Graylen Henry. Sold to D Bell and Sons, Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire, she had been running with Whitehead Fellini. The Blenkharns secured 550gns twice for shearling ewes serviced by Yarcombe Eccleston, and sired by Betterside Sandy and Graylen Henry. They went home with A Graham, Dumfries, Dumfriesshire, and Mains of Callander Farms, Crieff, Perthshire, respectively.

Sold at 550gns was a Maes-glas shearling ewe by Maes-glas Gabriel and bred by E B and S A Jones, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire. This Royal Welsh Show first prize winner was serviced by Maes-glas Musketeer and sold to L van Geffen, Carlton in Cleveland, North Yorkshire.

In the male section, the top bid was 500gns from J and G Swainson, Carlisle, Cumbria, for the first prize winning Ballycreelly shearling ram by Ballycreelly Whynot from the McCarthys.

Averages: 9 ewe lambs: £451.50; 7 aged ewes: £567.00; 25 shearling ewes: £606.48; 2 shearling rams: £393.75.

Hampshire Down

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