22,000 gns top at Worcester Premier Sale

Ffrwd Top Notch lives up to his name selling for 22,000gns at Worcester Charollais Premier Sale.

A ram born and bred in Anglesey by Dewi Evans, Ffrwd Top Notch, topped the national Charollais sheep sale at Worcester market, with McCartneys auctioneer Clive Roads striking the hammer down at 22,00gns to David Roberts, Shropshire, and Jonathan and Janett Corbett, Gloucestershire. Reared outside day and night since the first week of January, the ram lamb is sired by Edstaston Sotogrande and a home bred Ffrwd dam. Edstaston Sotogrande was purchased at the 2017 sale for 4,000gns, jointly owned by the Ffrwd and Wedderburn flock. The sale of Ffrwd Top Notch has become the second highest price paid for a Charollais. A second lamb bred by the same sire, Ffrwd Tyrone sold at 6,200gns to a collective of Welsh buyers, Adrian Davies, Justin Evans, Tim Pritchard and David Curran.

Gregor and Bruce Ingram, Aberdeen, sold their ram lamb Loanhead Trademark for 9,500gns to Kenny and Sheila Malcomson; Nothern Ireland. Sired by Hollylodge Supreme and out of a Loanhead ewe; Trademark won Overall Champion at the Premier Show; with an index EBV of 358.88. Both also sired by Hollylodge Surpreme; Loanhead Titan sold for 2,400gns to Abbie Moseley, Shropshire and Loanhead Top Gun sold for 2,500gns to Drew and Stephen Cowan, Northern Ireland.

Boyo flock, Shropshire, had a second week of sale success, after a fantastic sale for David Roberts at the Females with Figures sale a week prior to Premier Sale; selling three ram lambs at high prices: Boyo Tyson, sired by Mortimer Power Ranger sold for 3,400gns to Gwynne and Gail Jones, Chepstow; Boyo Toy Story, sired by Aberkinsey Nitrogen sold for 3,200gns to Tom Newth, Somerset and Boyo The Greatest Showman, sired by Galtres Favour sold for 2,900gns to Robert Tindall of Yorkshire.

Shropshire based Edstaston flock presented six ram lambs sired by last year’s record breaker Knockin Shockin; who Robert Gregory purchased for 26,000gns. The highest priced Shockin’ son was Estaston Tempranillo selling for 5,800gns to Edward Buckley & Jim Jeffrey, Southern Ireland.  Tempranilllo’s recorded EBV index is 386 in the top 10%. Shockin’s sons averaged 2,828gns.

Leicestershire based Dalby flock saw their rams make up to 5,800gns, with Dalby Tuilagi, sired by a homebred sire Dalby Ranieri and dam, making top price
for Charles Sercombe, bought by William and Carole Ingram, Aberdeen. Tuilagi’s recorded EBV index is 451.49, putting him in the top 1% of index, top 5t% growth and top 1% muscle.

Reserve Show Champion Knockin Tickle My Fancy bred by Abbie Moseley, Oswestry, sold for 5,000gns to Geoff Biddulph and Mary Madders & Stuart Johnson of Stafford. Tickle My Fancy’s recorded EBV index is 402.96, putting him in the top 10% of index figures. Robbleston Tornado bred by the Jones family, Harverfordwest, sold for 3,300gns to the Elsworthy family, Exeter.

Shearling rams
For another year running, top prices in the shearling section came from the Loanhead pens of rams from Gregor and Bruce Ingram with show champion Loanhead Saxon, sired by Wernfawr Red Bull,  selling for 2,100gns to Gwynn and Jeannette Williams, Brecon. Heading to Germany, the second highest selling shearling, Loanhead Sterling sired by Rhaeadr Orlando sold for 2,000gns to Volken Derbisz.

Top-price ewe was winner of the ewe lamb class at the Royal Highland Show last year from the Logie Durno flock, sired by Wernfawr Red Bull, selling for 1,900gns to Lawrence Buckland, Gloucester. Selling at the same price, 1,700gns, was another ewe from William and Carole Ingram bought by Edward Buckley and a ewe from Artnagullion flock sired by Riverdale Preacher, bred by William McAllister of Ballymena, Northern Ireland bought by David Roberts.

119 Ram lambs at £1489.32
22 Shearling Rams at £1064.80
2 Older Rams at £971.25
14 Shearling Ewes at £1092.00

Auctioneer : Clive Roads, McCartneys

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