The aptly named ‘High Flyers’ collective sale of in-lamb Charollais ewes and ewe lambs saw a top price of 3,100gns with a 100% clearance and averages up across the board at Hereford Market (17th October).
Leading the sale was the pen of shearling ewes from Society Chairman, Arwyn Thomas from Whitland, Carmarthenshire. He offered his top show lamb from 2019 at the sale and she was knocked down for the top price of 3,100gns to David Roberts from Kenley in Shropshire. The shearling was sired by Wernfawr Thunder out of a Glyncoch JPR and was carrying twins to Arbryn’s exciting new stock tup, Skyefall Virgill Van Dijk. Mr Thomas sold a further two shearling ewes for 1,600gns apiece. The first a Bronwydd Terminator sired ewe went to Justin Evans from Glamorgan. She was carrying triplets to the 1st prize winning shearling ram at the Royal Welsh Show 2019, Arbryn Tonto. Helen Sloan from the Rigghead Flock in Dumfries took the next one; a full sister to the top-priced animal and again carrying to Van Dijk. The Arbryn Flock sold a total of 15 shearling ewes to average £1,067.50.
Just short of the top price was a shearling ewe from Jennifer Curtis’s Elmwick Flock in Evesham. This show winner as a lamb in 2019 also goes home to the Boyo Flock of David Roberts, who paid 3,000gns for her. She was by the home-bred tup Elmwick Solsbury Hill out of a Elmwick Mr McGregor ewe. The same buyer took the next one in the run for 1,100 gns.
The Wernfawr Flock of David and Paul Curran, Brecon had a tremendous run of ewe lambs forward and achieved a top price of 1,600gns twice. A December born, embryo transfer lamb by Bronwydd Tomahawk out a top producing Glyn Coch Night to Remember ewe was the choice of James Neil for his Runningburn Flock in Stichill, Kelso. Robert and Sam Tindall from Yorkshire paid 1,600gns and 1,400gns for two Wernfawr Ultimate Warrior embryo sisters.
Plenty of buyers from Ireland were putting in telephone bids for the top quality stock on offer; 3 Arbryn shearlings are going across the water to a top of 1,350gns to David Dolan, Roscommon as well as ewe lambs at
1,000gns from Wernfawr and Emyr Hughes’s Bronwydd Flock to the same buyer.
Buying 7 lots at the sale were relatively new breeders, B J & D E Baker from Olives Farm, Battle, East Sussex. They added the 2 top priced ewes from Tim Prichard’s Castellau Flock, as well further Castellau shearlings and one at 800gns from Arjane Flock.