Charollais Ewe tops Saucy Sale at 2,000 gns

Averages and numbers sold were up across the board at the annual collective sale of Charollais in-lamb ewes and ewe lambs held at Worcester Market at the weekend (7th October) as bids flowed in from buyers in Ireland, Germany and across the UK

A top performing and show ewe, Loanhead My Fair Lady from Gregor and Bruce Ingram, Aberdeenshire attracted the top bid of 2,000 gns at the Charollais Saucy Sale  The ewe’s titles in the show ring include breed champion Royal Highland Show 2013, Breed and Interbreed Champion 2013 and Reserve Breed and Interbreed Pairs Champion Royal Welsh 2015.  The ewe has also had many successful progeny selling to numerous pedigree flock throughout the UK and Southern Ireland.  She was sold carrying triplets to the Royal Highland Show Champion 2015, Rhaeadr Orlando and the lucky purchaser was Mr R Douglas from Ballybay in Co Monaghan.  The 8 ewes sold averaged £832.12.

Certainly the consignments from the Ingram family attracted the money and the next highest priced sheep was a shearling ewe, sired by Rhaeadr Orlando.  This was from William and Carole Ingram’s Logie Durno flock and sold for 1,700 gns to Mr Sean Godrey, Kilgarvan, Co Kerry.  The Logie Durno pen of 9 averaged £732.66.

The Glyn Coch flock of Adrian Davies, from Carmarthenshire had a good day selling his 10 shearling ewes to average £774.90.  Pick of his group was a daughter of Wernfawr Powerhouse carrying twin to Wernfawr Stormer.  She made 1,200 gns to M & M Hughes, Penrhyn Farm, New Quay, Ceredigion, who also took further Glyn Coch shearlings at 1,000 gns and 900 gns.

With a smaller consignment than usual was Mr Robert Gregory from Harmer Hill, Shropshire.  His three shearling ewes topped the averages at £777.00 selling to a top of 800 gns twice for two Skelton Whin Oddysey daughters.  First one went to Robert Towers from Farleton, Lancaster and the other to Malcolm Duffield, Hartpury, Gloucester.

The ewe lamb section was topped by the Logie Durno flock at 920 gns for a daughter of Wernfawr Red Bull purchased at the Worcester Premier Sale for 7,000 gns in 2016.  Her buyer was David Roberts from Kenley in Shropshire for his Boyo Flock.  The Knockin Flock of Abbie Moseley from near Oswestry, Shropshire achieved 900 gns for a ewe lamb by Oakchurch Ruben, the sire of the record breaking 25,000 gns ram lamb Knockin Shockin, sold in July this year.  Buyer for this one and a further lamb from the Knockin pen was Justin Evans from Vale of Glamorgan for his Sant Andras flock.

New buyers took advantage of the quality sheep and range of different bloodlines on offer to establish their new flocks.  One of these was Mr Stuart Ramsey from Falsidehill Farm, Kelso who purchased 6 lots for his Skyefall Flock.

Saucy Sale Averages :

8 Ewes averaged                     £832.12       (2016 £509.25)

66 Shearlings averaged         £565.09     (2016 £514.00)

20 Ewe lambs averaged        £517.50      (2016 £476.70)

Auctioneer   : Clive Roads, McCartneys