A busy Friday night at Carlisle saw 89 MV-accredited registered Suffolk females forward for Harrison and Hetherington’s three-nations sale, with consignments from Ballynacannon, Bridgeview, Burnview, Crewland, Limestone, Pyeston, Rhaeadr and Solwaybank.

The top price of 9800gns was paid for the best from the Stephen Sufferin’s Crewelands flock, from Crew Road, Maghera, Co Londonderry, Northern Ireland. It was knocked down to Darren McMenamin of the Mullinvale flock, Co Donegal, in Eire.

This ET gimmer is by Ballynacannon Booty Hunter and out of a home-bred ewe by Birness Bravado. She has been scanned for two lambs to Birness Hustler. She is also an ET sister to the flock’s lead gimmer at this year’s Bonanza sale which sold for 3000gns.

Taking the second top price was a gimmer from Stewart Lathangie, Preston, Star, Glenrothes, Fife. She made 8000gns in a two-split to W Hutchinson, Kaber, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria, and Stewart Craft, Balquhomrie, Leslie, Fife.

This gimmer is ‘a favourite Limestone Legacy daughter’ and her dam was a member of this year’s flushing team. She was AI’d to Limestone Limited Edition and scanned for two.

The first in from Iain and Judith Barbour’s Solwaybank flock made her mark, selling for 4600gns in another two-way split to Stewart Lathangie and Stewart Craft. The gimmer, from Beechgrove, Annan, Dumfries-shire, is a daughter of Strathbogie Sirius and out of a double Royal Highland champion, which is sired by Rhaeadr Rastafari.

The best from Mark Priestley’s Limestone flock, Seaforde, Downpatrick, Northern Ireland, left the ring at a 4500gns following a bid from Messrs Smyth, Kingscourt, Co Cavan, Eire. The gimmer is by Strathbogie A Kind Of Magic and out of a home-bred ewe by Castleisle Knockout. Maternal brothers have sold to 4800gns and ET sisters to 3000gns. She has scanned to have two to Pyeston Pumba.

Two lots later, another gimmer from the same home made 3500gns to Messrs Kealy, Dunshaughlin, Co Meath, Eire. This one was successfully flushed in August, producing 18 grade one embryos. She is sired by Lakeview No Limits and her dam is an ET sister to 20,000gns Jackpot.

Leading the ewe lamb trade at 4000gns was the first out of the Ballynacannon pen for Dennis Taylor, Macosquin, Coleraine, Northern Ireland. The single March-born lamb sold in a two-way split to Stewart Lathangie and Stewart Craft. She is a daughter of Malinhead Maverick and out of a home-bred ewe by Rhaeadr Rolls Royce.

Top price amongst the stock rams was one at 3000gns from Mark Priestley, Limestone, and Stephanie and William Tait, Burnview, Eskradooey, Co Tyrone, which headed home to Eire – this time with Messrs Jennings, Hollymount, Co Mayo.

The tup, Burnview Hitman II, was bought in Stirling for 8000gns and is sired by the 18,000gns Ballynacannon Attitude and out of a Burnview ewe, by Cairness Liam. Hitman is the current Northern Ireland Male of the Year and he has produced sons to 2200gns.

averages: Crewelands, nine gimmers, £2298.33; Pyeston, four gimmers £3123.75; Solwaybank, four gimmers, £1640.63; three ewes, £525; Limestone, five gimmers, £2709; four ewe lambs, £1050; Ballynacannon, eight gimmers, £1666.88; four ewes, £441; four ewe lambs, £1758.75; Burnview, gimmers, £1758.75; Rhaeadr, 10 gimmers, £882; seven ewe lambs, £855.