Pedigree Beltex ewes and lambs and embryo-bred lambs were in ready demand at Newark’s inaugural sale of pedigree ewes and lambs and ewe hoggs on Saturday (6 May), leading the prices at 2500gns.

Selling for the day’s top call was a shearling ewe with a ram lamb at foot, Bishops Andromeda, from Andrew and Becky Bishop. This Balbrydie Thor daughter is out of a Fearn Grand Slam daughter and was shown successfully last year. She sold with a tup lamb at foot by Withytrees Arnold and was bought by Emily South, Wendover, Bucks.

Lot 807 - Beltex ewe with Beltex ram lamb - AD Bishop, Pitfield Farm - Sold @ 2500 GNS - to E South, Manor farm

Bishops Andromeda, sold for 2500gns

Second best at 1500gns was Ali Jackson’s one-crop ewe with a ewe lamb at foot, Tiptop Wisdom. Sired by Vestry Super Star she is out of an Airyolland King of Clubs sired dam and sold with a ewe lamb at foot by Ainstable Aristotle. She sold to the Bowring family, Mansfield, Notts.

Lot 801 - Beltex ewe with Beltex ewe lamb - A Jackson, Maulscastle Farm House - Sold @ 1500 GNS - to G Bowring, The Park

Tiptop Wisdom sold for 1500gns

Then making 1400gns was another from the same home, this time a Mule ewe rearing a pair of ET bred ewe lambs. These are by Ainstable Aristotle and out of Tiptop Allstar which was first prize gimmer at the Royal Welsh in 2016. Buying these was Gordon Carroll, Huntly, Aberdeenshire.

Lot 803 - Mule 1 crop ewe with a pair of Beltex embryo ewe lambs - A Jackson, Maulscastle Farm House - Sold @ 1400 GNS - to Gordon Carroll, Edenwick Farm

Tiptop embryo lambs sold for 1400gns

And following that at 1300gns was the best of the day from the production sale from the Cromwell flock of Adam and Jessica Neachell. Their leader was Cromwell Caramel, an ET bred ewe lamb by Matt’s Abracadabra and out of Cromwell Tara, an Ainstable Renwick daughter. She sold to Claire Harrison, Daventry, Northamptonshire.

Lot 854 - Recipient ewe with Beltex ewe lamb - A J Neachall, Shruberry Farm - Sold @ 1300 GNS - to Claire Harrison, Home Farm

Cromwell Caramel sold for 1300gns

Taking a 1200gns call was another from the same home, this time a 2013-born ewe, Cromwell Twilight, sold rearing twin ewe lambs by Ardstewart Afrodisiac. This ewe is by Ainstable Renwick and out of a Bishops Nijinsky daughter. She sold to Gordon Carroll.

After that came a 1000gns sale for a recipient ewe with a ram lamb at foot from the Bishops. This was Bishops Cool, a Bishops Arnold son out of Luggsmill Priscilla. She was knocked down to Emily South.

Next best at 950gns was another ewe lamb from the Neachell’s consignment, Cromwell Cinderella, a Woodwick Alpha daughter out of an imported dam, with this one selling to David Cormack, Leicestershire.

Then trading at 900gns was Cameron Jackson’s recipient ewe with an ET ewe lamb at foot, Damside Clover. Sired by Hackney BBF she is out of Aviemore Well Muscled and sold to Messrs Bowring.

And also at this money was an imported ewe from the Neachells, Godelinde V/H Vrijbos. She’s by Dean V/H Vrijbos and out of a dam by King and sold with twins at foot by Woodwick Alpha. She was taken by R W Mickleburgh, Norwich, Norfolk.

Dry hoggets 

Leading the dry hogget trade was a 750gns call for a Dean V/H Vrijbos daughter from David Thornley, Dooley Botty. She’s out of Dooley Rapness, a Dooley Pierre daughter and sold to T J Goldsmith, Hallow, Worcestershire.

Next in line at 600 was Dooley Benfica, a Holmebeck Tonto daughter out of Sooley Swan, a Jef V/D Dri Musschen daughter. She found a new home with Barker Farms, Richmond, North Yorkshire.

And also at  this price was Dooley Brooke, an Airyolland Attitude daughter out of Dooley Wynona, an Ardstewart Paparazzi daughter. She was the pick of R M Shaw, Nethergate, Norfolk.

Finally at 600gns was Freckleton Briar from the Roots family. This Woodies Arthur daughter is out of Freckleton Reveal, a Freckleton Kerron daughter. She was bought by Messrs White and Bartrum, Derby.

Commercial couples

A strong entry of commercial ewes and lambs peaked at £270/unit for Beltex cross ewes and lambs from David and Linda Wadland, with others from the same home at £260/unit thrice and £250/unit.

With dry ewe hoggs from the same home selling at £240/head and dry ewe hoggs from the Mallows family making up to £150/head.

Hoggetts, lambs and cull ewes

Another large entry of prime sheep met a flying trade again, with 2655 hoggets selling to 257p/kg and £127/head, with the entire entry levelling the day at 181.01p/kg. New season lambs, meanwhile, traded at up to 265p/kg and £112.50, with the 412 forward averaging out at 227.47p/kg.

In the cull ewes and rams the best of the day was a £139/head call for cull ewes and £122 for rams, with ewes averaging through at £83.52 and rams levelling at £87.77.