Kirkstead traditional Bluefaced Leicester females were in demand at the Blue Belles sale at Carlisle, achieving both the pre-sale championship and top price with two different sheep.

Sale leader at 2600gns from Alan McClymont and sons, Sam and Oli, Kirkstead, Yarrow, was a gimmer by Whinnyhall M82, an 1800gns purchase in 2019 that has bred shearlings to 3000gns. The dam is a home-bred ewe by Shrewbridge D17. She sold carrying a pair of lambs to Leadburn Lea M3, heading to Bonvilston Vale with Thomas Eifion, Redlands House, The Five Mile lane.


Champion from Kirkstead sold for 2400gns

Champion from Kirkstead sold for 2400gns


The pre-sale champion from Kirkstead was a gimmer sired by Ashes L1 – a 3000gns purchase that has bred sons to 3600gns. Her dam is by Craig Yr Orsedd G1. Scanned for two lambs to Blacket House P1, she was purchased by Lisa Fleming, Teviot Head, Hawick, for 2400gns.

Her full sister which stood third at the pre-sale show, later realised 2000gns, to an undisclosed buyer. She was also carrying a pair to Leadburn Lea M3.


Selling at 2200gns was this girl from Blackett House

Selling at 2200gns was this girl from Blackett House


Michael and Nicky Gray, of the Espley flock, Morpeth, forked out 2200gns for the second prize gimmer from Dewi Wyn Williams, Blacket House, Lockerbie. This was a daughter of the £6500 Kelso purchase, Mendick K4, out of a home-bred ewe by Carryhouse A1. She sold scanned with a pair to 2000gns Medwyn N2 that has bred sons to 4000gns.

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Espley also received 1600gns for their second prize ewe from Messrs Grisedale, Pennant, Llanon. This 2019-born entry is another by the same sire but out of a Carrog J1 sired-dam. She also sold due with a pair to Medwyn N2.

After their successful day in the ring, Kirkstead forked out 1600gns on two occasions for a ewe hogg and a gimmer from Raymond Baynes' Beldhu flock from Blackford, Croy, Inverness.

Buying back some of their own genetics the gimmer is by Kirkstead L1, out of a Rossiebank F69 ewe, and sold due to Kirkstead N2.

The second prize ewe hogg, by the same sire, is out of a home-bred ewe by Glamis L2.

Another ewe from Beldhu made 1500gns selling to Messrs Grisedale, Pennant. Again by the Kirkstead L1 sire and bred from the Rossiebank F69 ewe, she also sold in lamb to Kirkstead N2.

averages: 28 gimmers, £1089.38 (+£319.38 for four more); 11 ewe hoggs, £630.00.

Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington.