Carlisle 2014

Northern Ireland Flocks to the Fore at Cumbrian Dorset Event

carlisle2014Judge Mr Keith May, Newtowncoombe Flock, Bodmin, Cornwall (centre)
with the Carlisle Champion and Reserve Champion

William Carson with the Supreme Champion
Thomas Wright with the Reserve Champion 


The seventh annual Dorset Sheep Society, show and sale in Carlisle, Cumbria, staged within the Borderway Mart, Rosehill, Carlisle, saw both the showing and sale proceedings led by Northern Ireland Poll Dorset rams.
Show classes, under judge Mr Keith May, Sweetshouse, Bodmin, Cornwall, were led by a September born ram lamb from the Downkillybegs flock belonging to W. & K. Carson, Ballymena, Co Antrim. This lamb, Downkillybegs Ulsterman by the very strong influenced sire Olivertree Nik Nak, was from a strong dam line that had already saw sons sell to Wiltshire and South Wales for pedigree breeding and was secured at 1200gns by Hugh Cory, Peterston-Super-Elwy, Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales.

Mr Keith May's choice of Reserve Overall Champion also came from the same show class as the champion and had followed the Champion from Downkillybegs through the Male Championship to the Supreme Overall to claim Reserve Overall Champion. This powerfully strong December born ram lamb came from a large consignment from Thomas Wright's Ballytaggart flock at Ballymoney, Co Antrim and was consigned at the Cumbrian venue to mark the flocks recent achievement in winning the Dorset society's Flock Competition. This Ballytaggart Premium, son, Ballytaggart Unstoppable, fulfilled the judge's expectations and also broke through the four figure barrier, selling at 1400gns to top the sale and provide Mr Hugh Cory with two top rams for his new enterprise in the Vale of Glamorgan. Thomas Wright sold his other ram entry, Ballytaggart Underestimated, a son of the Richhill Saracen, who bred last years Supreme Champion, for the next highest sale price of 850gns to M/s M. & A. Care, Helston, Cornwwall.

Alex Birch, Bakewell, Derbyshire,- a first time exhibitor at the Carlisle event- came next in the bidding stakes at 600gns selling his second prize Horn shearling ram to N.A. Thompson, Whitby, N. Yorkshire.
Also reaching the 600gns mark and leading the female trade were two fetching shearling gimmers from David Rossiter's, Huish offering from, Kingsbridge, Devon. Both inlamb shearlings were sired by two Northern Ireland bred stock sires, resident in the South Devon flock. Firstly the reserve female champion of the show was sired by Hilltop Lloyd and sold at 600gns, carrying twins to K.M.& K.M. Mawson, Seascale, Cumbria. Her flockmate by the Downkillybegs Humdinger stock ram also sold carrying twins at 600gns selling to G. Kerr & Son, Wigton,
Cumbria. Both Of Mr Rossiter's Huish ewes were sold in lamb to the Northern Ireland sire Granagh Nightrider.

The Female Champion of the show, also from the Ballytaggart stable of Thomas Wright in Co. Antrim and from this years draft of first prize winning stock ewe lambs in the flock competition sold at 500gns. The pen of four Ballytaggart ewe lambs from this prizewinning draft sold to average 350gns each. The Ballytaggart flock also received 500gns from M/s Mawson, Seascale, Cumbria, for the third prize winning in lamb shearling gimmer.
The Carson's Downkillybegs flock offering of ewe lambs were led at 440gns for the second prize winner, behind the Female Champion with the entire pen of four December born ewe lambs selling to average 420gns.

Sale averages:-
Shearling rams - (2) £472.50
Ram lambs - (6) £792.75
Shearling Ewes - (16) £345.84
Ewe Lambs - (11) £395.18
Penned Ewes- (59) £249.90

Auctioneers H. & H. Borderway Mart.
Sponsors British wool Marketing Board
Organised by H. & H. Ltd & Dorset Sheep Breeders Association