Saturday’s Lleyn sale at Ballymena saw a new Northern Irish breed record set when Messrs B and E Latimer sold their first prize shearling ram at 2050gns.
This homebred tup, by a Seamus Killen sire which was the top priced tup at the Ballymena sale in 2010, sold to William Millen, Co Londonderry.
Seamus Killen, Co Down, breeder of the sire of the top priced tup took the next top price with his second prize shearling ram. Bred from a Debbie McGowan ram, he sold for 950gns to P J Kane, Co Antrim.
For the third year running Aubrey Bothwell, Co Fermanagh, won the shearling ewe section and went on to realise the top price of £225/head when selling this classy pen to H Long, Co Donegal. There were three pens which hit the £200/head mark, with the first being from R and E Edwards, Co Down to William McDaid, Co Donegal. Norah Johnston, Co Antrim then sold at the same price to William Millen, Co Londonderry, and the final pen at this money was from R J Johnston, Co Antrim, with this pen selling to William Millen.
The ewe lamb section was topped by R and E Edwards with a stylish pen of five selling for £112/head to William Millen. Messrs Edwards also sold a pen for £90/head to J H Truesdale and Son, Co Down. Also trading at this money was a pen from B and E Latimer, Co Tyrone, when joining Delan Mullen, Co Londonderry.
Meanwhile, strong demand at today’s sale at Stirling Today saw good clearances and averages in all sections.
Leading the ram trade at 500gns was Jim Goldie, with a shearling selling to Clark Farms, Carluke, while second best was a tup from Messrs Goldie’s Orchard flock when selling to I Quigley, Dumfries at 450gns. Meanwhile, Farmstock Genetics, Hamish Goldie and Laga Farms all sold tups at 400gns.
And in the Goldie family enjoyed a strong female trade too, topping the shearling ewes at £190/head when selling to S and J Corcoran, Newton Stewart, with another pen from the same home selling to then Clark family at £180. Meanwhile the Orchard flock sold at £175 to I Quigley, Dumfries.
Ewe lambs enjoyed arguably the trade of the day with the average rising by £15 on the same sale last year to level at £122. Leading call here was Brian Walling of Farmstock Genetics, Selkirk, selling at £130/head to L Borthwick and Son, Ayrshire, with other pens from the same home making £120/head and £100/head to the same buyer. Messrs Borthwick also bought the day’s second prize pen from H Gillan, Cupar, at £125/head.
Averages; Ballymena – shearling ewes £136.66, ewe lambs £74.55, ewes £87.06, rams £544.81; Stirling – rams £375.90, shearling ewes £141, ewe lambs £122.