The final society sale of the year took place at Borderway Mart, Carlisle on Friday 26th August.
Although entries were down ever so slightly, spirits were high and there was a great buzz around the market.
Top price on the day was lot 1928, Stobilee Ewe-Belter from Scottish Breeder Alistair Morton, who fetched 900gns. This Downkillybegs Strongbow son, out of a homebred Bennachie Schiehallion Gimmer stood fourth in the tup lamb class in the pre-sale show and found a new home with Charlotte Heaps for her new flock in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire.
Next top, at 820gns, was lot 1923, Sian-D Ettrick, from Sian Downes, Llangeitho, Wales. This classy tup lamb is by Dun Eideann Cassinova out a homebred ewe. He took the eye of Messrs Plant, Onecote, Staffordshire.
Sian then shared the next top price by fetching 800gns for her Shearling Ram, lot 1917, Sian-D Dazzler. Dazzler is a son of a homebred ram, Sian-D Chaser, and out of a Blackhill ewe, C4928. He took the short journey home from the market to Mr Riley, Whinney Brow, Carlisle.
Also at 800gns was the top price horned exhibit of the day, Lot 1933, Reivers Elvis, from Jack Royan, Putton Mill, Duns. This really smart tup lamb, a Sandy Lane T-Bone son, had already won the Tup Lamb class at Berwickshire show this year and found a new home with renowned Aberdeen Angus breeders, Messrs Hayward, Fell House, Hexham. Jack’s father, James, shared the top price in the female section of the sale. He sold lot 1887, Bennachie E5 to R O Williams, Caerddaniel, Wales for 700gns. This smart ewe lamb is by Ballytaggart Dizzee Rascal and out the same ewe who produced the top priced female at this sale in 2020.
Sam Driver, left, with the Supreme Champion and Champion Female, Sandy Lane E7738, receiving the Redhill Trophy for the best Female Exhibit, and Judge, Roger Elliott, right
Also making 700gns was the pre-sale Female Champion & Supreme Champion, lot 1879, Sandy Lane E7738 from Sam Driver, Glossop, Derbyshire. This very strong ewe lamb, by Wilsey Apollo and out a homebred Sandy Lane ewe, also headed south to Messrs Plant, Staffordshire.
The reserve female champion, lot 1873, and her pen mate lot 1874, both from Maud Walker’s Dupin Flock of Wigtownshire realised the next two top female prices. Dupin Emilie, a Maineview Armani daughter sold to Messrs Mullander, Market Drayton for 680gns, while Dupin Etsy made 650gns to Tammy Russell, Galston, Ayrshire.
Sam Driver, left, with the Male Champion, Sandy Lane Diesel, and Judge, Roger Elliott, right
Other leading prices include 700gns for lot 1914, Sandy Lane Diesel, the Pre-Sale Show Male Champion from Sam Driver.
Also at 700gns was lot 1927, Stobilee Elgin from Alistair Morton, who also got 600gns for ewe lamb, Lot 1876, Stobilee E12.
A special mention must go to young Clayton Roper for winning the tup lamb class, and reserve male champion with Fell View Ennerdale, who then went on to sell to another young breeder, Finn Davidson’s Gibston Farm flock in Keith, Morayshire.
Overall, it was a great sale with almost 100% clearance!
8 Gimmers ave: £355.69
54 Ewe Lambs ave: £328.61
5 Shearling Tups ave: £577.50
11 Tup Lambs ave: £521.18
Our thanks must go to our Judge, Roger Elliot and all the staff at H&H Carlisle, as well as all breeders and buyers.