Following two of the hottest days on record for Scotland, Wednesday 20Th July saw United Auctions, Stirling host the 4th annual Scottish Dorset Breeders’ Club sale. The extreme weather proved somewhat problematic for those travelling on the Tuesday. However, there was great relief when the judge, David Rossiter of the renowned Huish flock managed to get a flight in the afternoon after his original one was cancelled on Tuesday morning at the last minute. Hearing how busy things were at home at Burton Farm, Galmpton in Devon, made his attendance even more appreciated. It was a real privilege to have David come to judge, with his exceptional knowledge of the breed and his many years of experience producing prize winning stock.
Lot 48, Ballytaggart E2609, an outstanding shearling from Thomas Wright, Ballytaggart, Northern Ireland, sired by Coltrim Benny and out of a homebred ewe was the star of the day taking first place in the shearling class, male champion and overall champion. This shearling oozed style with fabulous power and confirmation, it was no surprise he topped the sale achieving 1500 gns, which is also a new record Scottish Breeders’ club price, and was snapped up by E & N Mackintosh, Gordonhall, Kingussie. Champion female was awarded to Christina Johnson’s Bamburgh Enid. A fantastic specimen of a ewe lamb, sired by Ballyhamage Dazzler out of homebred ewe BU1078, this September born ewe lamb caught the eye of Robert Fleming, Castle Sinniness, Glenluce, who was buying foundation females for his Stairhaven flock and secured lot 27 for 750 gns.
Reserve female went to lot 3, Alistair Morton’s Stobilee Brie, a Ziggy Stardust daughter out of a homebred ewe. This aged ewe, born in 2018 was a fine example of the breed. Being sold having ran with 6600 gns Downkillybegs Dazzler prior to the sale, she also took the fancy of Robert Fleming, Castle Sinniness, Glenluce, this time for 350 gns.
Reserve male champion selected by David was the winner of the ram lamb class, Stobilee Elgin E108, sired by Downkillybegs Strongbow out of Stobilee’s 2021 show gimmer, Stobilee Cairngorm. This ram lamb had strength and power but went home to Lanarkshire for another day.
Best horned exhibit was lot 56, ram lamb Tynyarroch Echo E024, sired by Poorton Wallaby out of a homebred Tynyarroch ewe. This young November born triplet lamb had an exceptional head and impressive body to match. He was bought by W. Cassie, Huntly, Aberdeenshire for 250 gns. Top female price of the sale went to Thomas Wright for the second consecutive year, unsurprisingly due to the quality females in his pen. The consistency at which Ballytaggart can produce breeding stock sale after sale, year after year is nothing short of enviable and it is greatly appreciated that Tommy puts in all the hard work and effort to come over from Northern Ireland to support the club and sale. Lot 19 by Downkillybegs Daredevil secured the top price of 1000 gns in the form of a bid coming from James Royan, Bennachie flock, Duns, Berwickshire. The Ballytaggart consignment of 7 ewe lambs sold
well with an average of £544.50.
Topping the pen trade at 320 gns was a pen of two aged ewes from Stobilee, which had again ran with Downkillybegs Dazzler in the month prior to the sale. These were purchased by Robert Fleming as part of his foundation stock purchases.
Clearance rates for the sale were comparable to last year, with just a marginal increase at 73%. Demand for females was yet again notable with ram trade a little sticky in places.
Thanks as always to the team at United Auctions, Stirling for their work in putting the sale together, in particular Margaret Owens-Smith for all her hard work with the entries and catalogue.
With judge David Rossiter coming from Devon and club members Chloe and Wilma Stewart coming down from Caithness, we weren’t far off a Lands End to John O’Groats attendance. Thank you to all vendors, purchasers and under bidders for supporting the club sale and of course the Scottish Dorset Breeders’ Club committee for their hard work making the sale happen. Looking forward to seeing you all again at the 2023 sale.
Ewes (11) Top 350 gns, avg £281.58
Ewes with twin lambs at foot (3) Top 300 gns, avg £315.00
Gimmers (22) Top 600 gns, avg £227.85
Ewe Lambs (24) Top 1000 gns, avg £289.62
Shearling Rams (3) Top 1500 gns, avg £840.00
Ram Lambs (5) Top 450 gns, avg £338.10