Having moved location to Shrewsbury Livestock Market, this year’s Saucy Sale of Charollais females saw a steady demand for quality in-lamb shearling ewes, reflected in a top price of 3000gns for one from the Edstaston flock of Robert and Jeanette Gregory.
Sale leader from the Shrewsbury-based flock was Edstaston 22TG01202, a daughter of the €4400 Knockcroghery Val D’Isere and out of a homebred female by Arbryn Olazabal. Having been scanned for twins to Edstaston Amarillo, she caught the eye of Patrick Tully for his Bincombe flock based at Over Stowey, Somerset.
Next up were a pair of females selling for 2200gns, the first being Rigghead 22HR04707 from Helen Sloan and daughter Hannah Jackson, who made the journey down from Collin, Dumfriesshire. By Tawelfa Rioja and out of a homebred female by Banwy Pick of the Crop, this one was scanned for twins to the 3400gns Carnew Wisecrack and was knocked down to Messrs Heath and Cowles, Raglan, Monmouthshire.
At the same money was another from Robert and Jeanette Gregory in the form of Edstaston 22TG01235, a Bronwydd Whizz Kidd daughter out of a Knockin Shockin sired homebred female. Scanned for a single to Edstaston Amarillo, this one stays local to join the Boyo flock of Dave Roberts, Shrewsbury.
Meanwhile at 1800gns was the best from Michael and Melanie Alford, Cullompton, Devon. Foxhill 22XWY00726 is by Thackwood U Corker and out of a homebred Loanhead Triathlon daughter. Her full brother sold at the Premier Sale this year for 2500gns, while she sold having ran with the 10,000gns Edstaston Beau Jangles to David Lewis for him Pembroke flock, Narberth, Pembrokeshire.
Then at 1700gns was another from the Edstaston flock, 22TG01195. Again, by the Irish sire Val D’Isere and out of a Knockin Shockin sired homebred dam, this one was scanned for twins to the homebred Amarillo. Taking this one across the water for the Iskeymeadow flock was Richard and Harry Powell, Keady, Co Armagh.
Just shy of that price tag Abbie Mosely went to 1600gns to secure Edstaston 22TG01198 for her Knockin flock, Oswestry, Shropshire. A daughter of Edstaston Voice of Reason, this one was scanned for twins to Tullyear Artemis.
At 1550gns was another from the Rigghead flock in the form of Rigghead 22HR04708. A full sister to the pen sale leader, this one was knocked down to Simon Evans, Glangwili, Carmarthenshire.
Then at 1500gns was Edstaston 22TG01193, a Ffrwd Wingman daughter out of a homebred female by Edstaston Shropshire Lad. Scanned twins to the homebred Amarillo, she also joins the Boyo flock of Dave Roberts.
The best from Llanon, Ceredigion-based Gethin Davies reached a price tag of 1350gns selling to Arwyn Thomas for his Arbryn flock at Whitland, Carmarthenshire. This one is by Wernfawr Warrior and stood champion at the Aberystwyth Show this year. She’s out of a homebred female by Castellau Lumber Jack.
Meanwhile, another at the same price, Edstaston 22TG01218 from Robert and Jeanette Gregory, then caught the eye of Messrs Madders and Johnson, Stafford for their Blythe flock. This one is a full ET-bred sister to the overall sale leader.
Ewe lambs met a top price of 1300gns for the best from the Alford family with Foxhill 23XWY00853 selling to previous vendors Helen Sloan and Hannah Jackson for their Rigghead flock. By the privately purchased Logie Durno All Star, this one is out of a Logie Durno Olympian daughter.
Next in the ewe lamb offering was Knockin 23XXJ01381 from Abbie Moseley, selling for 800gns. By Mortimer Wide Boy and out of a Rainbow Lindisfarne, this one joins previous buyer David Lewis for his Pembroke flock.
Averages: 54 shearling ewes £902.81; 11 ewe lambs £614.73 (Halls).