Having yesterday previewed the gimmers on offer at this week’s Beltex sale here is the tup lamb preview. As with the gimmer preview it has been hard to narrow down the selection, so if there’s anything you’ve picked that I’ve missed out on the please feel free to add a comment below.
The first lamb to catch the eye is the very first one in the catalogue, Brendan McQuaid’s lamb Fort View Supremo (lot 343). This son of Gritter is out of Fort View Ladys Brae, a Hugo daughter and is full brother to last year’s 7000gns lamb Fort View Pick of the Flock.
Following him in the pick list is Stuart Wood’s first lamb in, Woodies Snoop Dog (lot 348). Sired by 8000gns record price lamb Kingledores Rascal he is out of Lugate Lily, a Cookstown Hamish daughter and stood second at the Highland earlier this summer.
And then I’ve picked out a lamb from the Dunlop family’s Broughton flock, Broughton Saltire Son (lot 394). Sired by Corstane Mighty Max he is out of a dam by Corstane Knot-Out and stood first at Lesmahagow Show. His dam is a half sister to the 2004 Highland champion Broughton Dorothy.
After that I’ve picked out Brickrow Scooby Doo from John Cowan (lot 407). This is a Headlind Ee By Gum son out of Brickrow Nurofen, a daughter of the good breeding sire Mustang.
Then I’ve marked out a lamb from Neale and Janet McQuistin, Airyolland Sovereign (lot 421). This son of Woodies Rock-N-Roll is out of Airyolland Panach a full sister to Airyolland Kingsize, sire of 10,000gns Airyolland Nailer.
The Heatheryhall pen should be one to do well and their first in, Heatheryhall Simple The Best could be one to watch (lot 426). He’s by Clary Prankster and out of a dam by Ardstewart Lord Almighty. He stood fourth in a strong class at the Highland.
And following the success of the Kingledores pen from Richard Wood last year there should be some good lambs among it again this time round. For my money there would be little to pick between the first two on paper, Kingledores Scally Wag and Kingledores Scooby Doo (lots 445 and 446).
It’s the same story in the Beach tup lambs, with ET brothers Beachy Supersonic and Beachy Shogun (lots 459 and 460) both well worth a look going by their pedigree and the show record of their sire and dam.
The next pick for me come from the Artnagullion pen and is Artnagullion Sorocco (lot 484). Sired by the great breeding sire Clary Platform he is out of a dam by Clary King Pin and was first prize tup lamb at the Irish national earlier in the summer.
Jock McMillan always brings a strong team of lambs and this year is sure to be no different, with his pen featuring the first lambs by Dooley Pierre, last year’s breed champion at Great Yorkshire. His first two lambs, both ET brothers, Clary State Man and Strongbow are sure to be worth a look, being out of a dam which goes back to the good breeding female Kinswomen.
Sticking with Dooley breeding a few lots later from David Thornley’s own pen, the pick here is surely his fourth lamb in Dooley Spencer which contains some tremendous breeding being by Jef and out of Dooley Karen, a Clovis daughter which is dam of 18,000gns tup Dooley Napal.
Shearling ram preview to follow shortly……….