Taking the top price at today’s Romney Sheep Breeders Association sale at Ashford was the champion ram from the pre-sale show from Gordon Wimble. This shearling ram from the Norwood flock was secured by Colin Balcomb and family at £1200.
The day’s second best price of £700 went to the Norwood flock too, with this shearling tup selling to breed chairman Helen Langrish.
And making £520 was another of Gordon Wimble’s rams which sold to the Boulden family, Aldington.
A pair then sold at £500, with both coming from Andrew Barr and family’s Pivington flock the first of these sold to Stewart Wood, with the other bought by the Bouldens.
Selling for £480 was the best of the day from Hugh and Pauline Skinner’s Aragon flock, while making £460 was another from Gordon Wimble which sold to Messrs Prior.
Another from the Pivington flock of Messrs Barr sold at £440 to the Bouldens, with another from the same home making the same price when selling to Messrs Chandler and Dunn. Overall 61 shearling rams levelled at £314.
Demand was also strong in the commercial Romney females on offer, with ewe tegs meeting a strong trade with averages improving by £20 a head on last year to £123.03 and the top pen making £151 for N A Balcomb and Sons
Ewe lambs were not the quality of some years, but from last year’s prices the average still moved up by £8 to £66.39 with the top pens to £77 and £75.50
Demand was very strong for young breeding ewes with one lambers to £116, £104 for three lambers and good three and four lambers to £86.50. (Hobbs Parker).Read more