Monday 17th September
The annual show and sale of Beltex Rams and Females on behalf of the Northern Beltex Club had a slightly smaller entry this year of 21, but had the busiest ringside at this sale and the a stronger trade. The pre-sale judge was Mr A Marston, Kirkby Stephen, who we thank for his time and expertise, the overall champion rosette was awarded to lot 9 from M & E Jennings.
Selling to a top price of 750gns was Holmebreck Cobra, sired by Bardnaheigh Torque, from P & A Moss, Barnard Castle. This was closely followed by the Champion Hallcrake Cockerhoop, sired by Eildon ‘Avin A Laugh, from M & E Jennings, Selside selling to 650gns, with all pedigree rams forward averaging £587.
There is always plenty of interest at this sale for the females with females selling to a top of 500gns from Holmebeck Cuddles, once again sired by Bardnaheigh Torque, selling to local breeder A Prickett, Farleton. There was an overall market average for females of £316.50.
The ‘Boys Are Back In Town’ sale of terminal sire breeding rams and females had a catalogue entry of over 200. There was a buoyant trade throughout the evening with the best rams getting away nicely and the majority finding new homes. There was the busiest ringside of buyers seen at this relatively new sale. As seen at previous sales good conformation and powerful rams were in demand with a cracking pen of ¾ Texel Rams from CS & V Whitfield, Consett selling to £700, £680 and £550 twice. Other Texel rams sold to £600 from AJ & LM Haston, Dearham. Plenty of Texel rams sold around the £500 mark, with all Texel shearlings forward average £360. Texel ram lambs sold to a top of £400 from AJ & LM Haston, with plenty good conformation lambs around the £300 mark.
Plenty of interest in the Suffolk rams saw JH Towers & Son, Tunstall, sell shearlings to £500 and £450 with plenty of others selling around the £400 mark. Suffolk ram lambs sold to a top of £480 and £400 from TA Blair, Thornton in Cleveleys.
Just a handful females on offer sold to £260 from DH Lucas & FA Nairey, Blackburn.