Trade at today’s Hampshire Down sale, Stratford, saw an eager demand for some of the better bloodlines on offer with buyers willing to bid relatively strongly for both males and females.
It was the males which enjoyed the pick of the trade, with the day’s top call of 1240gns paid for a ram lamb from Charles and Sally Horrell’s Pode Hole flock. The sale topper is a son of Yarcombe Juggernaut out of a dam by Pode hole Drummer and sold with an index of 269, placing him in the top 5% of the breed. After a spirited bidding battle he sold to Robert Vincent for the Whitehead flock, Carmarthenshire.
Then following him at 1040gns was another lamb heading home with Mr Vincent, this time from Jean Ritchie’s Parkstock flock. Sired by Wattisfield Top Draw this one is out of a dam by Dunraven Jewel and has an index of 236, also within the top 5% of the breed.
Next best in the males was one of this season’s show stoppers, David and Denise Middleditch’s shearling tup which has been interbreed champion at both Suffolk and Lincoln. Sired by Wattisfield Jimmy this one is out of a dam by Wattisfield Whatever and has an index of 136. He also heads across Offah’s Dyke, this time to North Wales.
A ram lamb from Chris Westlake then secured an 840gns bid when the Horrell’s reinvested some of their earlier earnings. This was a Parkstock Royal son out of a dam by Yarcombe Express and has an index of 215, placing him in the top 10%.
And not far behind that at 780gns was another of the Horrell’s team. Again by Yarcombe Juggernaut this lamb is out of a dam by Pode Hole Victor and has an index of 269. Buying him were Jim and Jane Birkwood.
Taking a 750gns bid was the best of the day from the Knight family’s Westland flock. This was a lamb by Wattisfield Gold Top out of a dam by Owlesbury Umpire and sold to the Derryman family for the Yarcombe flock.
Demand for the leading females was equally strong, with ewe lambs selling to 800gns and shearling ewes hitting a high of 740gns. Collecting the biggest cheque here were the Horrells again with a ewe lamb from Pode Hole. Again by Juggernaut she is out of a dam by Yarcombe Highflyer and sold with an index of 231.
Second best of the female prices was a 740gns bid for a gimmer from Chris Westlake. This Owlesbury Wonder daughter is out of a dam by Bilberry Oak Supreme and sold to the Horrells with an index of 199.
After that came a 580gns call for a shearling ewe from David Smith and Jennifer Atkinson. This one is by Pode Hole I-Spy and out of a dam by Yarcombe Erroll. She sold with an index of 272, inside the top 1% of the breed. Also at this money was another from the Owlesbury flock, a Parkstock Royal daughter out of a dam by Bilberry Oak Supreme. She headed for a new home in Scotland.
And making 540gns was the final gimmer of the sale and the last from Owlesbury. She is by Yarcombe Apollo and out of a Millfields Broker-sired dam.
Other leading female prices included a shearling from Pode Hole at 510gns, and a pair of ewe lambs from Owlesbury at 500gns.Read more