Sparkling Trade at Wedderburn Dispersal Sale

Wedderburn Charollais top at 3,900 gns at Worcester

A great crowd of buyers both old and new gathered at Worcester Market on Bonfire Day for the dispersal of the Wedderburn Flock of Charollais sheep belonging to Mr Jonathan and Mrs Janet Corbett, Worcestershire.  The sale of 167 head was topped at 3,900 gns for a shearling ewe.  The ewe was sired by Elmwick Mr McGregor out of a 2012 born Edstaston ewe. Buying back some of his breeding was Mr Robert Gregory of the Edstaston Flock, Harmer Hill, Shropshire.  The ewe was in-lamb to a tup, Edstaston Sotogrande which Mr Gregory had sold for 4,000 gns at the Worcester Premier Sale, earlier in the year.

The dam of the top-priced animal was Lot 1 in the sale and attracted a bid of 2,200 gns from William Ingram, Logie Durno Flock, Aberdeenshire.  This ewe certainly has bred some outstanding stock and all her progeny in the sale were keenly bid for.  Her ewe lamb, sired this time by Boyo Royal Ascot also was joint highest price at 2,600 gns in this section and went with her dam back to Aberdeensire for the Ingrams.  Another purchase by the Logie Durno flock was the other ewe lamb at 2,600 gns; a Rhaeadr Popeye sired lamb out of a Wernfawr Magnum dam who this season had been placed 1st at the Three Counties show and 3rd at the Royal Welsh.

The ewe lambs certainly attracted some of the highest prices, next was another Popeye daughter out of a Parkgate ewe by Carnew Nijinsky.  Her buyer over the phone was Patrick Tully from Bincombe Bartons, Somerset at 2,500 gns.  Mr Tully had judged the recent regional flock competition and awarded the Wedderburn flock championship and was so impressed with the stock that he made a number of bids and secured a couple.   Near the end of the sale was a triplet Rhaeadr Popeye daughter which was knocked down for 1,500 gns to David Roberts from Kenley, Shropshire.

Next best in the ewe section were two at 1,600 gns apiece.  Both were bred by the Parkgate Flock in Dumfries.  The first was a Ballyhibben Paddy Power ewe with a successful show record and scanned with triplets to Edstaston Sotogrande and was the choice of Dewi Evans from the Ffrwyd flock in Anglesey.  The next ewe in the ring had been placed 3rd at the Three Counties Show and 2nd at Moreton-in-the-Marsh this year and sold again at 1,600 gns to F A & C Elsworthy from Tiverton in Devon.

Starting up a Charollais Flock after a long time away was David Brewster from Brewster Farms, Staffordshire.  He purchased a total of 8 animals to set up a flock for his god-son and his top price was 1,420 gns for an Elmwick Mr McGregor shearling ewe out of a Southam ewe.  She was sold carrying triplets to the Edstaston sire.

Going across the water to Southern Ireland to Mr T McCormack from Roscommon was the first of the ewe lambs.  She was sold for 1,350 gns and was sired by Rhaeadr Popeye and on the dam side went back to a 2,000 gns Glyn Coch ewe.  A two-shear ewe sired by Glyn Coch Over and Out carrying twins to Popeye was knocked down to Brecon breeder David Curran at 1,300 gns for his Wernfawr Flock.

Jonathan Barber, Chief Executive of the Charollais Society reported “the entire sale grossed just short of £100,000 and provided buyers with the opportunity to purchase some great breeding sheep, with all the potential to go on and deliver top quality stock in the future.”


Averages :

60 Ewes                                £614.77 top 2,200 gns
55 Shearling Ewes           £651.57 top 3,900 gns
30 Ewe Lambs                    £761.60 top 2,600 gns
5 Ewes                                  £182.70
(not scanned in lamb)
13 Shearling Ewes           £227.00
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 Auctioneer : Clive Roads, McCartneys