This year’s Winter Warmers Sale of in-lamb pedigree ewes and dry ewe lambs at Newark on 25th November, will see what is believed to be a UK first for the sheep sector when a ‘Pick of the Flush’ lot is offered for sale.

This lot features as part of the ‘Fantastic Fifty’ sale of 50 head of Southdown females from the Brant and Chaileybrook flocks of Sid Cook and Jonathan Long, respectively, and will allow the buyer to take the pick from the progeny of an embryo transfer flush from the 2016 Southdown National Show female champion, Chaileybrook 15/00010, explains auctioneer Paul Gentry.

“This exceptional ewe, was also breed champion and reserve intebreed champion at both Royal Bath and West 2016 and breed champion at Royal Three Counties 2016.

“She was flushed in September, with nine embryos implanted and this lot offers the buyer a unique opportunity to take their pick of the resulting lambs next spring. We are not aware of this type of lot being offered by a UK sheep breeder before and are delighted to be able to offer such a lot in the Winter Warmers Sale.

“This is a style of selling which is popular in the dairy sector, but to our knowledge has never been done in the sheep industry before.”

Alongside the Southdown offering this year’s Winter Warmers Sale will feature a host of top genetics from leading breeders of many breeds.

The sale which will see more than 280 head come under the hammer, including 115 Texels, 30 Blue Texels, 31 Beltex and 38 Suffolks, as well as 15 Charollais and three Bleu Du Maines, explains Mr Gentry.

“The Winter Warmers sale, now in its fourth year, has grown in strength every year and this has attracted entries from the length and breadth of the UK, including Texels from the Scottish Borders and Devon and Somerset, alongside more local breeders, with Beltex coming from as far afield as Gloucestershire and Suffolks and Charollais from Yorkshire and Cheshire.

“We are excited to be able to offer such a high quality offering of pedigree sheep at Newark and once again appreciate the support our vendors have given us in developing the sale to the standard it is today,” he added.