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Suffolks met an exceptional demand at Ballymena on Tuesday evening, with a 95% clearance rate achieved alongside a top price of 2300gns.
The reserve champion from Alistair Gault’s Forkins flock received the highest call of 2300gns. This was a Cairness New Approach son out of a Conveth Calaceman ewe. He sold to T Cavanagh, Donegal. Mr Gault went on to sell four lambs and have the highest sale average on the night of £1383.
Second top price went to the champion from the pre-sale show from Norman Robinson. This one was a Jubilee Jethro son out of a Glenho Gurkha daughter. The final bidder was Michael O’Neill, Enniscorthy.
1P D W Taylor then sold at 1350gns for a Carragh Viagra-sired lamb out of a Lakeview Lord daughter.
The Burnview flock of Willie Tait also had a good sale selling six rams to average £704. Burnviews top price of 1150gns was paid for a Forkins Ferrari Second son out of a Burnview Beamer ewe. This ram also heads South to Lifford for use in the flock of R Tait.
At 1000gns was a shearling ram from L&D Aiken. This one was by Rhaeadr Rossi and out of a Boreland Buddah ewe
Averages; 100 ram lambs £632.10, six shearlings £714.
By Jonathan Long
Saturday’s Suffolk sale at Roscrea was a Strathisla Stoner-sired ram lamb from Wm J and R Wilson’s Shannagh flock. This one is out of a dam by Cragroe Craftsman and goes back to Muiresk King of Diamonds on his dam’s side. He sold to Northern Ireland to join Willie Tait’s Burnview flock.
Second best at E10,000gns was a twin brother to the new 90,000gns breed record holder from Dan Tynan. This Cairness Liam son is out of a dam by Cairness Golddust and sold to join Jimmy Douglas and Charles Procter in Aberdeenshire.
Making E5000gns was another heading to the same joint buyers. This was the overall champion from the pre-sale show from Martin Butler’s Castlewood flock. Sired by Cairness New Approach this one is out of a dam by Rhaeadr Rossi goes back to Glenisla Sydney.
The at E3400gns was another lamb heading to Scotland, this time to join Gordon Mackie. Heading back with Mr Mackie was the best from Andrew Wilson’s Castleisle flock, a Strathisla Dylan Thomas son out of a Castlewellan Nutcracker daughter.
And making E3200gns was a Cairness Ciaus son from Tom and Jeff Bailey. He had been in the first prize group of three and is out of a dam by Davishill Dambuster.
Selling for E2900gns was another by the same sire from the same home. This one is out of a dam by Cairness Kanine dam. and another Baileys lamb then sold at E2800gns, having also been in the first prize group. He is by former breed record holder Stockton Almighty and out of a dam by Lagside Looks the Part.