Charollais Female Sales off to a flying start

Trade strong at Saucy  and Cream of the Crop Female Sales

Two sales of Charollais in-lamb ewes and ewe lambs over the weekend (1st / 2nd October) saw strong trade for the quality sheep on offer.  First in the calendar was the annual Saucy Sale held at Worcester Market.  Topping the trade here was a massive ewe lamb from Gregor and Bruce Ingram’s Loanhead flock in Aberdeenshire.  This daughter of Rhaeadr Orlando had performance figures in the top 5% and show quality breeding. Going to 1,460 gns was Robert Towers from Camp House Farm in Lancaster.  Next top price also came from the Ingram brothers, their shearling ewe by Logie Durno Officer made 1,000 gns to Peter Wood from St Andrews, Fife.

Shropshire breeder Robert Gregory had a fine run of shearling ewes from his Edstaston Flock which peaked at 800 gns for a daughter of Arbryn Olazabal and carrying twin to Skelton Whin Odyssey.  Her buyer was Mr Lea from Market Drayton in Shropshire.  A number of sheep were purchased for export to Germany by Anke Anderberg to expand her Charollais flock.  Her top pick at 640 gns was a Logie Durno Officer shearling ewe from William and Carol Ingram carrying twins to Wernfawr Red Bull.  The flock had a two-shear ewe by Riverdale Noble at 750 gns going to Ben Watts from Ashburton in Devon.

 Saucy Sale Averages :

10 Ewes averaged £509.25

46 Shearlings averaged £514.00

20 Ewe lambs averaged £476.70

The next day was the first ‘Cream of the Crop’ sale at Ludlow Market for a group of seven breeders, who enjoyed flying trade with a top of 1,900 gns for the reserve champion and first prize ewe lamb at the Three Counties Show.  Breeder was Ian Matthews from the Buckland Flock in Brecon. Putting in the final bid to secure this Wernfawr Platinum lamb was Janet and Jonathan Corbett from Gloucestershire.

The Wedderburn flock was in the money when they sold their Parkgate Outlaw shearling ewe for 1,700 gns to David Roberts from Kenley in Shropshire.  She was carry twins to Rhaeadr Popeye purchased at Builth Wells ram sale in 2015.  Mr Robert also paid 1,000 gns for another shearling from the same flock, this time sired by Glyn Coch Over and Out and carrying a single to Parkgate Outlaw.

A number of buyers were over from Northern Ireland for the sale with the highest price sheep at 1,450 gns being paid to the Rhaeadr Flock of Myfyr Evans, Denbigh.  Ian Craig from Co Antrim purchased this yearling ewe by Wernfawr Neo carrying twins to Knockin Pucker Up.  He also paid 1,000 gns for a shearling ewe from Geoff and Carol Watson’s Sulwood Flock.  Their show-winning daughter of Bincombe Kirk Patrick was in-lamb to Sulwood Legal Eagle with a single.

Other four-figure sums went to a successful three-shear show ewe from the Wedderburn Flock.  David Curran from Powys purchased Wedderburn Norella a Wernfawr Magnum daughter carrying to the Rhaeadr sire for 1,150 gns.   The Corbett’s also had 1,100 gns for Opal another top quality show ewe who was placed 2nd at the Three Counties this year.  Her purchaser was Adrian Davies from Carmarthenshire for his Glyn Coch flock.  Another purchase heading over the water was a Rhaeadr ewe lamb by Knockin Pucker Up.  Paying 1,050 gns was John Foster from County Tyrone.

Adding to her consignment for Germany was Anke Anderberg with shearling ewes from three different flocks.

Cream of the Crop Averages :

28 Ewes averaged £625.50

43 Shearling ewes averaged £598.00

13 Ewe lambs averaged ££693.80

Auctioneer for both sales  : Clive Roads, McCartneys