Prices topped at 6000gns on two occasions at the dispersal sale of the Perdi and Knighton flocks of Bleu du Maine, Charollais, Rouge and Bluefaced Leicester sheep on behalf of the late Percy and Diana Tait.

The sale, which took place at Worcester Livestock Market with auctioneers McCartneys officiating alongside Harrison and Hetherington, saw a total of 132 lots across four breeds average a whopping £1557.

The Scottish Farmer:

Joint sale topper and top priced Bleu du Maine at 6000gns was Perdi Rachelle

Leading the way with a joint top price of 6000gns was a January 2018-born Bleu Du Maine ewe, Perdi Rachelle. She is by Randalstown Nugget, and is a granddaughter of the flock’s successful ewe, Perdi Mona Lisa. Having been shown as a lamb, she won her class at both Shropshire and Staffordshire County Show. She sold, having been served to Perdi Topspec, to Neil Millar, Lockerbie, Dumfries.

Second highest priced Bleu Du Maine at 3600gns was the gimmer, Perdi Sophie, another by Nugget and this time out of a home-bred Greenside Lynn daughter. Having been scanned with a single to Perdi Topspec, this one found a new home with Haydon House Farm Partnership, Taunton, Somerset.

Perdi Tamara also made her mark for the flock, when she sold for 3000gns. This Bleu Du Maine ewe lamb is a daughter of Dunelm Rievaulx. She caught the eye of David Roberts, Shrewsbury, Shropshire.

Also topping the sale at 6000gns was Knighton Wench, a Rouge ewe lamb by Raindale Universe. This one is out of Knighton Sugar Tits, herself a highly successful show girl having notched up female championships at Shropshire, Staffordshire and the Great Yorkshire Shows and breed championships at The Royal Three Counties and the Royal Highland Show, as well as part of the inter-breed pairs champions at the Royal Highland. She was knocked down to Michael and Melanie Alford, Cullompton, Devon for their recently established Foxhill flock.

Joining her daughter to start the new family line at Foxhill, was Knighton Sugar Tits herself, who was purchased for 5000gns, the second highest price Rouge on the day.

Knighton Vanquish topped the Rouge gimmers at 2600gns when she sold to J Nairey, Blackburn, Lancashire. She is a daughter of Knighton Slowsuck and a granddaughter of the flock’s successful breeding ewe, Knighton Harriet.

The Scottish Farmer:

Top price Charollais at 4500gns was Knighton 18YXR01356

The Charollais females met an equally strong trade with a top price of 4500gns for Knighton 18YXR01356 She is by Rhaeadr Popeye out of a Parkgate ewe by Carnew Nijinsky, she was shown successfully last year. She sold in a two-way split to Grant Pink, Shrewsbury, Shropshire and David and Joe Lewis, Sandbach, Cheshire.

The top priced Charollais gimmer at 3500gns was Knighton 19YXR01539 a daughter of a Honddu ram out of an Artnagullion ewe. This one was knocked down to Tom Quinn, Duns Berwickshire, who was buying on behalf of his grandsons, Angus and Brodie for the Anbro flock.

At 2200gns was the highest priced Charollais ewe lamb, Knighton 20YXR01696, a daughter of a Springhill tup out of a home-bred dam. She was knocked down to previous buyer, David Roberts, Shrewsbury, Shropshire.

Other LEADING prices

4000gns – Knighton PHT/T1203 (Rouge ewe), by Tullyvallen Schumacher, to Colin and Wendy Phillips, Weobley, Herefordshire.

3400gns – Knighton 17YXR01282 (Charollais ewe), by Kelby Rob Roy, to M B Riley, Burnley, Lancashire.

3000gns – Knighton 19YXR01508 (Charollais gimmer), by Knighton Triumph, to M B Riley, Burnley, Lancashire.

3000gns – Knighton Sugarbabe (Rouge ewe), by Knighton K010, to Colin and Wendy Phillips, Weobley, Herefordshire.

2900gns – Knighton Weltina (Rouge ewe lamb), by Raindale Universe, to A J Carter, Dawlish, Devon.

2800gns – Knighton PHT/U01390 (Rouge ewe), by Tullyvallen Schumacher, to R A Rundell, Newquay, Cornwall.

2700gns – Knighton 16YXR01049 (Charollais ewe), by Buckland Omar, to T Quinn, Duns, Berwickshire.

2600gns – Knighton PHT/S1116 (Rouge ewe), by Knighton K010, to R J and A Haywood, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear.

2600gns – Knighton PHT/T1228 (Rouge ewe), by Tullyvallen Schumacher, to Thomas Crummy, Roscommon, Ireland.

2600gns – Scotts Extreme ET (Beltex ram), by Bailey Brook Captain ET, to M Preece and Co, Bridgnorth, Shropshire.

2500gns – Knighton Verity (Rouge gimmer), by Knighton Slowsuck, to S J Wright, Axminster, Devon.

Averages: Bleu du Maine – 10 ewes, £1921.50; Nine gimmers, £1645; 12 ewe lambs, £1610. Char – 24 ewes, £1470.91; Five gimmers, £2289; 12 ewe lambs, £1351.88. Rouge – 23 ewes, £1778.15; nine gimmers, £1493.33; 15 ewe lambs, £1512. BFL – Three ewes, £717.50.

Auctioneers: McCartneys and Harrison and Hetherington.