Charollais breeders from across the British Isles flocked to Staunton on Wye, Herefordshire, last week for the dispersal of Jeremy and Ala Price’s Oakchurch flock.
Heading up trade at 6000gns was a 2015-born ewe, Oakchurch Ruby 16WKW00153, a daughter of one of the most successful sires the flock has used, Banwy Oh What A Boy and out of a Banwy-bred dam by Foulrice Nelson. With an index of 280, this one has been successfully flushed in the past and her progeny in the sale grossed more than 14,000gns. After a frenzied bidding session, this one finally knocked down to David Roberts, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, for his Boyo flock.
Next up in the aged ewe offering was a daughter of the sale leader, this time the 2017-born Oakchurch WKW00495. By an Aberkinsey tup, she sold at 4500gns to David Argue, Co Cavan, Eire, for his Rockdale flock.
Following her at 2800gns was another 2017-born female, Oakchurch 18WKW00530, a daughter of Glyn Coch Mr T out of a Banwy-bred female. This one found a new home with Ben James, Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire.
At 2600gns was a Banwy Ripper daughter, Oakchurch 18WKW00566, which caught the eye of D Lewis, Narbeth, Pembrokeshire.
Meanwhile, the 2016-born Oakchurch WKW00348, again by Oh What A Boy and this time out of a homebred female by Oakchurch Majestic, sold for 2200gns. This one heads across the water with Sean Keane, Westport, Co Mayo, Eire.
Then at 2000gns was another 2016-born Oh What A Boy daughter, Oakchurch 17WKW00352. Out of a homebred Banwy Ninja daughter and with an index of 279.79, this one sold to Neil Oughton, Montgomery, Powys.
Leading the way in the shearling ewes with a price tag of 4000gns was Oakchurch 21WKW00955, a Barnard Tycoon daughter out of a homebred female by Glyn Coch Mr T, which sold for 2800gns earlier in the sale. She joined her mother selling to Ben James, Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire.
Next up at 3000gns was the highest indexed sheep in the catalogue at 380.58, Oakchurch 21WKW00909. By Lowerye Ronnie and out of a Banwy Oh What A Boy daughter, she caught the eye of G E and S Whiting, Liskeard, Cornwall.
At 2200gns was another Ronnie daughter in the form of Oakchurch 21WKW00872. This time out of a Glyn Coch Mr T daughter, she found a new home with G Jones, Chepstow, Gwent.
Selling for 2000gns was a Foxhill Victor daughter, Oakchurch 21WKW00927. Out of a Foulrice Nelson daughter, this one headed north with R Todd, Woldnewton, East Yorkshire.
Having secured the top priced female on the day David Roberts was back in action taking home her daughter, Oakchurch Alabama Slammer 22WKW00972 and the top priced ewe lamb on the day at 3000gns. She’s by the 15,000gns Cavick What A Boy! And also carries an index of 267.77.
Next up were a pair of full ET-bred sisters to the above, the first of which, Oakchurch 22WKW01026 was knocked down to Graham Foster, Omagh, Co Tyrone, for his Springhill flock at 2500gns, while Oakchurch 22WKW01033 sold at 2300gns to D and J Norman, Cockermouth, Cumbria, for the Kirkhouse flock.
Then at 2000gns was Oakchurch 22WKW00983, a natural born Cavick What A Boy! daughter, this time out of a Bawnard Tycoon daughter. This one was knocked down to S and A Moore, Brechin, Scotland.
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Other leading prices (not mentioned above)
Lot 34, by Bawnard Tycoon, sold for 1600gns to S A Moore, Brechin, Scotland
Lot 28, by Oakchurch Tyson, sold for 1500gns to R J and J Towers, Carnforth, Lancs
Lot 41, by Banwy Oh What A Boy, sold for 1400gns to Esmor Evans, Sold, Flintshire
Lot 36, by Oakchurch Ruben, sold for 1300gns to Kate Esler and Ed Simmons, Kingston Seymour, North Somerset
Lot 18, by Glyn Coch Mr T, sold for 1200gns to Sean Keane, Co Mayo, Eire
Lot 56, by Loweye Ronnie, sold for 1600gns to Heath and Cowles, Raglan, Monmouthshire
Lot 67, by Foxhill Victor, sold for 1400gns to Heath and Cowles, Raglan, Monmouthshire
Lot 55, by Mortimer Sultan, sold for 1000gns to G Jones, Chepstow, Gwent
Lot 72, by Foxhill Victor, sold for 1000gns to Heath and Cowles, Raglan, Monmouthshire
Lot 93, by Cavick What A Boy!, sold for 1700gns to Seefinn Livestock, Killrossangy, Waterford, Eire
Lot 82, by Cavick What A Boy!, sold for 1400gns to David Argue, Co Cavan, Eire
Lot 95, by Knockin Ultrashock, sold for 1300gns to Kate Esler and Ed Simmons, Kingston Seymour, North Somerset
Lot 86, by Cavick What A Boy!, sold for 1250gns to P A and J Thomas, Whitland, Carmarthenshire
Lot 97, by Cavick What A Boy!, sold for 1100gns to Anthony Elsworthy, Tiverton, Devon
Averages: 51 aged ewes £1023.75; 27 shearling ewes £1187.50 and 26 ewe lambs £1092.40 (McCartneys).