Prestleigh flock sets new centre record at NSA Exeter sale

Topping the Charollais trade and taking the top price of the entire sale at the NSA South West Ram Sale, as well as setting a new centre record for the breed at 2600gns was the pre-sale champion and winner of the shearling ram class, Preistleigh Achilles from Tom Newth, Castle Cary, Somerset. 

Sired by Cavick What About That, a tup share4d with the Willow flock, and out of a dam by Boyo Untouchable, he sold at 2600gns to the judge Geoff Probert for the Mortimer flock, Worcester. The tup was described by Geoff as “a solid handling ram with a leg in each corner and tremendous fleshing ability.”

Following him came a brace of 1100gns bids with both of these coming for shearling rams from Michael and Melanie Alford’s Foxhill flock, with the first being Foxhill Almighty, a Thackwood U Corker son out of a dam by Logie Durno Olympian, with this one selling to Peckmoor Farming, Henley, Crewkerne.

The same buyers then took the other at this money, Foxhill 22XWY00727. He’s by Rockvilla Ferrair and out of a Logie Dogie Olympian-sired dam.

And a pair then made 800gns, with the first being a shearling from the Quick family’s Loosebeare flock in the form of Loosebeare 22XWD12509. He’s by the homebred Loosebeare Star and out of a dam by Robleston Unit and sold to A R Henson, Washfield, Tiverton.

The other to make this money was the best of the ram lambs and pre-sale reserve champion from Denby Smith’s Leytown flock. This was Leytown 23WZP00451, an Elsridge Ambassador son out of a dam by Rhaeadr Jethro. He sold to R J Cole, Ashreigney, Chulmleigh.

Topping the female trade at 600gns was a shearling ewe from George Dart’s Woodhayes pen, 22WDC00427. She’s by a Lowereye sire and is out of a dam by Rainbow Road To Utopia and sold to R J Berry, Kenn, Exeter.

Averages37 shearling rams £640, 20 ram lambs £387, four ewe lambs £310, 12 shearling ewes £338, four aged ewes £330 (Kivells).