By Kathryn Dick

averages:

Blue Texel – Six ewes with lambs, £1435.00; 16 pedigree lambs, £1253.43; 10 empty ewe hoggs, £1021.56. Badgerface Texels – four lambs, £1260. Beltex – 10 ewe hoggs, £803. Dutch Spotted – 14 ewes with lambs, £3030; 22 pedigree lambs, £2252.72; five empty ewe hoggs, £3003.

Dutch Spotted dominated most of the proceedings at the multi-breed spring sale of 143 MV accredited pedigree sheep at Carlisle, producing the day’s top prices and lead averages.

The sale, which included Blue Texels, Badgerfaced Texels, Beltex and Dutch Spotted was topped at 7000gns by a pair of February-born twin ewe lambs from Nick Brown, of the Irthing Valley flock, based near Carlisle.

Sired by the 2800gns Westbroad B Explorer II – a tup shared with Alastair Jackson’s Tiptop flock, from Annan – Irthing Valley Elderflower and Ella are out of an imported ewe bought from Holland. Forking out the cash for this duo, which sold with their recipient dam, was Henry Jewitt, of the Sunnybank flock, Gracies Farm, Barnard Castle, Co Durham.

Next in the trade stakes, at 5200gns, was the ewe hogg, Coxhill Dizzy, from Derek and Cindy Steen, Coxhill, Moffat, which sold to new breeder, Will Linton, Crawfordjohn, Biggar. She is a daughter of Irthing Valley Coco Pops and out of Turbo Bont.

A pair of ET lambs, Carlaustan Extrovert and Carlaustan Eugenia, and their recipient dam, sold next at 5000gns for Stirling-based breeders, Andy Beattie and Lauren Kennedy, Carlaustan, Kippen. The result of a flush from an imported ewe purchased privately from Joost Louter, and sired by the 4000gns Tiptop Diablo, this outfit sold across the water to Northern Ireland to join Allan Shortt’s Diamond flock, based at Strabane, Co Tyrone.

Penrith-based breeder, Alan Smyth, Tynefield House, enjoyed a flying trade, selling his first two lots for 4500gns each. The first, a substitute entry and an imported ewe with twin lambs at foot by the home-bred, Eden Dynamite Jack, was knocked down to Downie Farming Co, Ballater, Aberdeenshire.

Selling for the same price for Mr Smyth was another ewe with a pair of February-born ewe lambs, Eden Ebony Rose and Eden Ebony Princess. Bred from the flock’s new imported stock ram, Cruzer, they were bought by Graeme Jackson, Bentham, Lancaster.

Blue Texel prices peaked at 3500gns for a late January-born ewe lamb from Stasa Moyse’s Saltire Blue flock based at Broadwater, Skene, Aberdeenshire.

This youngster is the same way bred as 6000gns and 4500gns Saltire gimmers sold in 2020, being bred from the Saltire Blue A Beauty show ewe and sired by Caryl’s Blues Captain. She headed home with Messrs Brisbane, Castle Kennedy, Stranraer, Wigtownshire, with her recipient dam.

Stasa also received 2400gns and 2200gns for Blue Texel ewe hoggs bred from the same Saltire Blue A Beauty ewe.

The dearest, Saltire Blue Ewe Stunner, is sired by Saltire Blue Casanova and sold to Claremount Properties, Calthwaite, Penrith, Cumbria.

Forking out 2200gns for Saltire Blue Ewe Are Class were Messrs Stephenson and Sons, Market Weighton, York, Yorkshire. She is by Saltire Blue Crown Jewel.

Matching the 2400gns price tag, Northern Ireland Blue Texel and Beltex breeder, Matt Burleigh sold the April-born ewe lamb, Matt’s Felicia, a daughter of the flock’s new stock ram, Drumard Ed out of Hackney Caryl. She sold alongside her recipient dam to Messrs Jones, Holyhead, Gwynedd.

Selling at 2300gns was a Dragon Buster-sired Turbo Blue ewe with her twin ewe lambs at foot from Rhys Williams, Tynllyn, Ceredigion.

These lambs are by the 4000gns Beili Blues Extreme – male champion at the 2017 Royal Welsh Show – and also headed home with Henry Jewitt.

On the other side of the equation, Mr Jewitt sold the lead priced Badgerfaced Texel at 1500gns, in the shape of the January-born ewe lamb Sunnybank Confetti ET and her recipient dam. Imported genetics on both sides are behind this transaction purchased by Messrs Abram, Dereham, Norfolk.

Another January-born ewe lamb from the Sunnybank flock realised 1400gns selling to Messrs Bradley, Magherafelt, Co Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

A daughter of an imported ram from Dries Beijeman – responsible for siring the National Holland Champion 22733 tup – she is out of another imported ewe whose progeny have grossed in excess of £20,000 and sold with recipient dam.

The sole entry from Stuart Wood’s flock, from Skene, Aberdeenshire, matched that 1400gns price when selling down to Wales with Messrs Roberts, Llanwrtyd Wells, Powys. This imported ewe sold alongside her ram lamb, Woodies Charlie Woo by Powerful Tornado.

Beltex sheep breeders also enjoyed a buoyant trade at the Spring Sale of Beltex Belles, where a joint top price of 1600gns was achieved for two ET-bred ewe lambs.

First to sell at this money was Northern Irish breeder Matthew Burleigh’s Matts’ Golden Girl ET, from Shanra, Enniskillen. This February-born lamb is the first sold by the 14,000gns Murrays Expert, bought here last year, out of the Hackney Corker-sired ewe, Matt’s Daisy Duke. She headed home with the Cornforth family for their Bexbel flock at Newton Kyme, Tadcaster.

The same buyer also went to 1600gns for Woodies Gorgeous Girl ET, from Aberdeenshire’s Stuart Wood. This January-born lamb is a daughter of the 4500gns Clary Entrench and out of the Glenkeen Sanders-sired dam,Woodies Coral.

Mr Wood was back in the money selling the lead priced ewe hogg at 1200gns and another two at 800gns.

Dearest here was Woodies First Class, a daughter of the 10,000gns Ryder DIY, bred from Woodies Wild Wind. She was knocked down to Bruce Norman, Bow, Carlisle for use in his Stone Lodge flock.

The first of the 800gns ewe hogg bids came for Woodies Falicity ET, by Carrigans Bob Lee Swagger, which headed back up to Aberdeenshire with Faye Wilkie, buying for her Whitestone flock, based at Skene.

Messrs Baird, Charlton, Malmesbury, also went to 800gns for Woodies Final Destiny ET, a Woodies Emperor daughter.

Nick Gill and Kayley Kennedy, Stonethwaite, Keswick, sold the second highest priced lot at 1400gns in the form of a home-bred ewe and lamb outfit. Their Broxty Boxer-sired ewe, Nikay Epsilon ET and her February-born ewe lamb, Nikay Gamma, by Swffrtd Diplo, sold to Lanarkshire vet, Neil Laing, buying for his children, Euan, Fiona and Kirsten’s Perryflatts flock based near Thankerton, Biggar.

Mary and Andrew Dunlop, Broughton, Biggar, sold two ewe hoggs at 800gns. First to hit this price was Corstane Forage, an Ardstewart Aristocrat daughter which again sold to Bruce Norman.

David Spedding of the Galemire flock, Cleator Moor, bought the second at 800gns in Corstane Finella, by Boothlow Enterprise.

OTHERLEADING prices

Dutch Spotted – Pedigree ewes with pedigree lambs – 4000gns – A Smyth, imported ewe twin lambs to Messrs Marshall, Kinross, Perthshire; R Gill and S Jones, imported ewe with ewe lamb to Messrs Corbett, Highleadon, Newent, Gloucester. 3800gns – N Brown’s Irthing Valley Dolly, by Weestbroad B Explorer II, with ewe lamb to Messrs Pearson, Dove Holes, Buxton.

Pedigree lambs with recipient dams – 3600gns – A Beattie and L Kennedy’s ewe lamb, Carlaustan Extravagant by Tiptop Diablo, to Messrs Dykes, Offcotte, Ashbourne, Derbyshire

Ewe hoggs – 4000gns – A Jackson’s imported Dorothy, to Messrs Kilroe, Alderley Edge, Cheshire. 3200gns – K Tucker’s Skye’s Dutch Diva, by Kilroot Captain C6, to Messrs Langdown, Stubhampton, Blandford, Dorset.

Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington.