Dorsets sold to a top of 700gns at Worcester on Saturday when the first prize ram lamb and overall champion from the the pre-sale show, a lamb from David Rossiter’s Huish flock, sold to Richard and Robert Hole, Sherborne, Dorset.
This one sold with a maternal index of 276 and a terminal index of 363, underlining his breeding potential.
The Holes then recouped some of their outlay when topping the day’s female trade at 650gns. This price was paid for a shearling ewe by Gortleigh Hastings and carrying twins. She sold to T W Holland and Son, Cardigan.
Next best in the shearling ewes was another Huish entry, with this one selling at 520gns to T Eden, Kempsey, Worcester.
A pair of in-lamb shearling ewes then sold at 500gns, with both of these coming from W L French’s Wilsley flock. Both of these were knocked down to David Lewis, Narbeth.
Ewe lambs enjoyed a very spirited demand and were off to a good start in that section with the first sold a first prize winner by a New Zealand bred sire taken at 370gns by Joe Larder, Sandford, Somerset, for his Byeways flock.
Jim Dufosee’s Blackhill flock then sold the day’s second prize ewe lamb at 330gns to G Jones, Ystrad Meurig, Ceredigion.
Bolstering the male trade was a select entry of shearling tups which sold to a high of 550gns for one from the Wilsey flock which was claimed by Roger Elliott. Another from the same home sold at 500gns to T Pratt, Ipswich.
Averages; 15 senior ewes £231, 29 shearling ewes £380.53, 35 ewe lambs £203.43, two shearling rams £551.25, three ram lambs £514.50 (McCartneys).