Sale Report for CARLISLE - PEDIGREE BLUE TEXEL SHOW & SALE 24TH - 25TH AUGUST 2023
Date of Sale: Thursday 24th August 2023
BLUE TEXEL SHEEP SOCIETY - SALE REPORT
CARLISLE PREMIER SALE - 24TH - 25TH AUGUST 2023
A ram lamb that stood to the fore of the Royal Welsh Show certainly caught the eye at the Blue Texel Sheep Society’s Northern Supreme sale at Harrison and Hetherington’s Borderway centre on Friday, 25 August, when he sold for the highest price of 20,000gns.
That was Beili Blues Hulk, an early February-born embryo lamb from Dylan and Bethan Jones’ Pencader, Sir Gaerfyrddin-based flock, which stood Male and Supreme Champion at the Royal Welsh back in July. Among the first crop of lambs by the 7000gns Ettrick Firefly bought in partnership with the Pisytll Flock last year, Hulk is out of a home-bred ewe by Caryl’s Blues Dazzler which is again shared between the Welsh flocks. With the bidding rising fast, Hulk was knocked down in a four-way split to Henry Jewitt for his Sunnybank Flock near Barnard Castle, and three Northern Irish flocks – Samantha Allen and Allen Shortt, Derg Flock; Russell Millen, Knockmult Flock; and Alastair Shortt; Woodview Flock.
Beili Blues Hulk, 20,000gns
Next best only a few lots early and the only other entry to break the five-figure barrier was a mid-January-born unnamed embryo lamb from Andrew and Sam Froggatt, Abbotts Bromley, Staffordshire. Selling to another Northern Irish breeder, this time Matthew Burleigh of the Matt’s Flock, this lad stood Inter-breed Champion at Newport Show as well as third at Carlisle. His pedigree features Hunters Cortachy on to an imported ewe.
On the other side of the coin, Mr Burleigh saw his Male and Supreme Champion from the pre-sale show held the evening before sell to Messrs Davies, Fishguard, Pembrokeshire, for 8000gns. Matt’s Hitman boasts an impressive pedigree being by the Drumard Ed-sired Mullygarrow Grey Goose and out of Matt’s Elegance, a Saltire Blues Derek daughter from the flock in County Fermanagh.
Matt's Hitman, 8,000gns
Welsh breeding was back in the spotlight when the second prize ram lamb and Reserve Male, Caryl’s Blues Hulk from Caryl Howell, Llanddeusant, Llangadog, Carmarthenshire, was knocked down for 7000gns. Second at the Royal Welsh too, this son of Trisant Godfather is out of a Sunnybank ewe by the imported 0247 ram. He sold in a two-way split to Jim Innes for his Strathbogie Flock in Aberdeenshire, and Kevin Watret for his Solway View Flock near Annan.
Caryl's Blues Hulk, 7,000gns
Dearest of the shearlings at 6000gns when sold to Henry Jewitt was Stasa Moyse’ first prize lad, Saltire Blue Gentle Giant, which was brought out by her partner, Stuart Wood. Bred from the Hackney Your Joking-sired Saltire Blue Drop Dead Gorgeous, this third prize ram from the Royal Highland Show is by the 3000gns Matt’s Escobar.
Saltire Blue Gentle Giant, 6,000gns
Stasa also saw her similarly-bred Saltire Blue Goliath sell to Polly Bishop, Gloucester, for 3000gns. Again by the Escobar ram, she is out of a different Your Joking ewe in the shape of Saltire Blue Beyonce.
Yet another Escobar son was in the money when recently married Jamie and Rhian Jerman sold their Titanium Hocus Pocus to Messrs Kerr, County Fermanagh, for 5500gns. He is out of the 8000gns Matt’s Flash Harriet, a Drumard Ed daughter.
Sticking with the males and Mel and Martin Irvine, and Allan Campbell, paid 3500gns between them to put Trisant Hulk to work in their Anside and Strawfrank flocks, respectively. Bred from the Matt’s Escobar-sired Trisant Goodie Goodie, this Drumard Ed son was Male Champion and Reserve Supreme at the Great Yorkshire.
Martin and Gemma Sivill welcomed 3200gns from Messrs Gregory, Lockerbie, for their Glanrafon Blues Honest, which is by Cleenagh Fandabadosey and out of a home-bred ewe.
Also making 3000gns, this time to Messrs Wilson and Messrs Cumming, all from Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, was Jems Hell Yeah, a Matt’s Gangsta son from Jennifer Duncan. His dam is the 7000gns Ettrick Farrah, a Lyles Eagle daughter.
Among the females it was a shearling ewe from the Jones family’s Glan-Y-Mor Flock from Talsarnau, Gwynedd, that led the trade at 3800gns, with another close behind on 3200gns, both of which sold to Jim Innes for his Strathbogie Flock.
Dearest was their second prize shearling ewe, Glan-Y-Mor Gorgeous, an embryo daughter of the 25,000gns Whatmore E-male bred from a Sunnybank ewe by a Van Der Weij imported ram.
Glan-Y-Mor Gorgeous, 3,800gns
The 3200gns Glan-Y-Mor Gemstone offers some different breeding being by Nantyderri Egor and out of the Jackney Your Joking-sired Morridge Conney.
Selling for 3500gns to the Rhind family for their Struthers Flock near Forres, Morayshire, was Matthew Burleigh’s Beili Blues Euphoric daughter, Matt’s Gooseberry. Her dam is Saltire Blue Doris, herself by Caryl’s Blues Captain.
Matt's Gooseberry, 3,500gns
Matt’s Gorgeous Girl sold to Messrs Hoggard, Nottingham, for 3000gns. Also out of Saltire Blue Doris, this lass is by Matt’s Firetrap.
Also making 3000gns was the dearest of the ewe lambs, Beili Blues Hazel, from the Jones family. This first prize winner from the pre-sale show is also by Ettrick Firefly but this time out of a Pistyll Everest-sired Hackney ewe.
Averages: Two aged rams, £1890; 78 shearling rams, £976; 88 ram lambs, £1701; three aged ewes, £385; 119 shearling ewes, £857; 37 ewe lambs, £663.