High EBV ewes go under the hammer at new “Females with Figures” sale

Two enterprising Charollais sheep breeders are starting a new annual sale of female Charollais sheep
from Signet-recorded flocks. The first aptly-named “Females with Figures” Sale, will take place at
Worcester Market on Sunday 22 June.
Andrew Walton and Mark Rushbrooke, who are chairman and vice-chairman respectively of the
Central Region of the Charollais Sheep Society, came up with the idea after recognising the demand
for an early “empty” female Charollais sale. This will enable breeders to mate purchased ewes to a
ram of their choosing and lamb them with their main flock.
Seven breeders are sending a total of over 70 ewes to the sale, mostly shearlings. Every ewe will
have a full set of Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) on display – with many having EBVs for growth
rate, muscling and gigot shape in the top 10% of the breed.
Andrew, a member of the Charollais Sheep Society Council, said: “This new sale has the full
backing of the Charollais Society, all sheep will be inspected and many will have full Scrapie
genotype details available.  “It is a great opportunity for breeders, new and old, to acquire foundation stock. I expect that there
will be genuine sheep to suit everyone’s pocket”.

Commenting on the sale, Signet Manager Samuel Boon acknowledged that the genetic potential of
performance-recorded Charollais sheep has changed dramatically over the past decade.
“Ewes of this genetic merit simply didn’t exist when the recording scheme began,” he said.
“This approach provides a great opportunity for new and established breeders to obtain some
exciting new genetics.”

The sale will take place at Worcester Market at 12 noon on Sunday22 June. The auctioneer will be
Clive Roads of McCartneys.
For further details, or to request a catalogue, contact Andrew on 01244 851705 or Mark on 01299
861200. Alternatively, contact Clive Roads at Worcester Market.