A centre record price of 1000gns was set at Friday’s sale of Hampshire Downs at Skipton when Kevin and Anna McCarthy sold the day’s male and reserve overall champion, a shearling ram by Glanfaron George.
Bred out of a homebred dam this one sold to I Kelly, Marown, Isle of Man. Second best of the tup trade was one from the same vendors at 720gns. Sired by Ballycreelly Nobleman and again out of a homebred dam, this one sold to Denton Park Estate Ilkley. The same vendor:buyer combination was also responsible for a 550gns sale, with this tup again by Nobleman.
Taking the day’s top female call at 600gns was a shearling ewe from Graham and Judith Galbraith, Kendal, Cumbria, by Kelsey Gigolo and out of a home-bred ewe. She sold in-lamb to Lindsey Excel and purchased by M Curry, Morpeth, Northumberland. The same breeders went on to sell two ewe lambs for 550gns and 520gns, the female champion by Graylen D’Artagnan and another by Gigolo respectively. Both sold to G Mountain, North Rigton, West Yorkshire.
The McCarthys then continued their success into the female trade with a ewe lamb at 500gns by Glanrafon George and out of a home-bred ewe. She was secured by A and G Pink, York, North Yorkshire. The same breeders also sold a two shear ewe for 450gns. This one was by Moneycarragh Millionaire, out of a home-bred ewe and in-lamb to Yarcombe Topper. She sold to D and T Blenkharn, Penrith, Cumbria.
A bid of 480gns secured a three shear ewe from S Williams, Market Rasen, Lincolnshire. In-lamb to Owslebury Crusader, this one by Lindsey Fridolf and out of a Merrybanks ewe was secured by J N Smith, New Cumnock, Ayrshire.
Averages: 10 in-lamb ewes £327.60; nine in-lamb shearling ewes £341.83; 11 ewe lambs £337.91; four shearling rams £711.36 (Craven Cattle Marts).