The ram lambs turn out to be the star attraction
With four lambs at five-figure prices, the 131 ram lambs took home an average of £2,044, an increase of nearly £400 over the year as 145 averaged £1,666.
Hitting the high marks was Brilley Hulk ET of Jamie and Richard Jerman, of Whitney-on-Wye, who welcomed an average of £12,333 for three lambs of the same color – the 12,000gns Ardstewart Fred Flintstone over the 5000gns Hackney Dior, a daughter of Topflite Al Pacino. Hulk has caught the attention of Wade and Alison McCrabbe who will take him across the water to their Ardstewart herd near Gortaquigley, Raphoe, County Donegal.
A lot later his own brother, Brilley Heatwave ET, sold to Graham and Fiona Burke for their Pentland Flock near Kilry, Blairgowrie, for 9000gns.
Notably, the 20,000 gns Lipley Hugo Boss ET was also from Fred Flintstone, which Liam and Jack Swinnerton – of Cheswardine, Market Drayton – bought in partnership with Paul Tippetts, Hackney, in the first sale last year. Sold to Rosie Boden for her Mellor Vale Flock, near Stockport, this boy is out of Woodies Eye Candy, sire of Bailey Brook CR7.
Two other lambs broke the five-figure barrier at 16,000 gns, second prize, Muirton High and Mighty ET, from Jimmy Young’s flock in Alford, Aberdeenshire. Sired by the Heatheryhall Fast and Furious ram shared between four Aberdeenshire flocks and sold to Matt Burleigh of Northern Ireland for his Matt’s Flock, his dam is Muirton Dee Dee, the son of Langlands Bruiser.
Three further lots and the Edendiack embryo lamb of Gordon and Lynsey Carroll were sold to Artnagullion Flock of Elizabeth and William McAllister of Kells, Ballymena, for 14,000 gns. Descended from the daughter of Airyolland Choco, Edendiack Franchesco, her father is the 7000gns Kingledores Einstein,
Recouping some of his expenses, Matt Burleigh received 8000gns from the Jerman Brothers for his Matt’s Hercules ET. Full of home breeding on his dam’s side, being out of Matt’s Defender-bred Matt’s Equipé, he is by the Buckles Fizzy Pop purchased privately.
The Buckles boys – Kevin and his sons, Jack and Tom – welcomed 6,000 gns for their Buckles Harchibald ET, a son of the 10,000 gns Gyffin Dexter shared with Andrew Morton’s Mortons Flock. Out of famed Adele College, she caught the eye of David Lawrie, Grangehall Flock, Lanark.
The females responded to very selective demand and were led by twos at 3500gns as 188 traded for an average of £675.
First to win the sale at this price was female champion Smart Ass Girlfriend ET of Dafydd Owen, from his herd based in Rowen, Conwy. Sold to Rosie Boden, Mellor Vale, this daughter of 7000gns Clary Dumfries is out of Smart Ass Delilah, a daughter of Ardstewart Aristocrat.
Matching this when he was knocked down by Chris Wright for his Brothertoft Flock, Boston, was Wannop’s Godess ET of James Wannop and the team at Wannop’s Farms, Morecambe. Out of Dean Brow Classy, the sire of Ardstewart Armani, she is the first female to be sold by the 3500gns Brothertoft Fynley.
The Jerman Boys hosted 3200gns from Jimmy Bell and Rachel Buckle for their Cottage Flock near Carnwath, Lanark, for Brilley Glamor Girl ET. Another out of their Hackney Dior, it is by 65,000gns record holder, Airyolland Castro.
Close behind on 3000gns was Gary Beacom’s most expensive in the form of Lakeview Goddess ET. His pedigree includes Betty Boo and Ainstable Factotum, the father of Matt Hackney Wonderboy.