3rd Annual Spring Ram Sale

NI Dorset Club’s Annual Sales Off to a Flying Start

springRamChamp2016Spring Ram Sale Champion with Breeder Laura Weir,
Judge James Robson and Handler Karen Carson

SpringRamResCh2016Spring Ram Sale Reserve Champion with Breeder Ben Lamb
and Judge James Robson

2015 was a memorable year for the NI Dorset Club, in which a new NI record price for a ewe lamb of 1400gns was achieved by breeder Ben Lamb of the Richhill flock in the July sale. So with the first sale of the season – the Spring Ram Sale approaching on the 14th of March at McClelland’s Livestock Market in Ballymena, breeders were spurred on from last year’s success and an increased entry was catalogued, with several new breeders offering rams for sale.

The judge for the evening was James Robson of the Ballyhamage flock in Doagh. Three generations of the Robson family currently manage a 40 strong pedigree ewe flock established in 1980 alongside a thriving commercial flock. 

Show and Sale champion and top price of the evening, was the first prize shearling ram, lot number 29 from the 50 ewe Lisnafillan Flock of Laura and Kenneth Weir, Gracehill. This young shearling ram was born in June 2015 as part of the Weir’s frequent lambing system. His dam was a homebred ewe by Granagh No.1 a successfully shown ram from the flock of Samuel Caldwell, who was purchased at the July sale in 2010. The sire was Ballytaggart United who was the top price entrant at the Hilltown Export Sale in 2014. As a myomax gold carrier he is guaranteed to pass one copy of the gene onto his offspring for 5% increased leg muscling and 7% less carcase fat. A flurry of bids pursued and the ram was eventually knocked down for 1050gns to new breeder Glen Millar, Moneymore.

The evenings second highest price and reserve champion of the show and sale was Ben Lamb's first prize ram lamb. Bred by Sandleford Usain, who realised the top price of 900gns at the July sale in 2014 and out of a Downkillybegs ewe, this large September born lamb reached 750 gns to breeder Andrew Knox, Dromara. Ben’s second entry achieved 250gns to Mark Warnock, Plumbridge.

Fetching 620gns was lot number 15 of Sean Paul McCarry’s Turnavedog flock, this lamb was sired by Sandy Lane
Tiesto, an English import which was placed 4th in the Stock ram class in the NI flock competition 2015. The successful purchaser was D.Hamilton, Killaoo. Sean Pauls’ second entrant reached 420gns to G&H Lyons, Dunloy. Other notable prices for the evening was 480gns and 450 gns achieved by the Downkillybegs flock of W&K Carson to J Collins, Rasharkin and D Hamilton, Killaoo respectively. 450gns was also realised by Thomas Wright for a Manorcroft Ultimatum son sold to A Flemming, Ballymoney.

A horned ram entry from the Richhill flock realised 400gns to breeder G Christie, Claudy, An aged ram jointly entered from the Galgorm and Kildowney flocks placed first in his class realised 400gns to new breeder Seamus Devlin, Bryansford.

The sale average was well up on last year at £441.

1st- Ben Lamb, Richhill Flock
2nd- T&S Knox, Riverview Flock
3rd- Thomas Wright, Ballytaggart flock
1st- Laura Weir, Lisnafillan Flock
2nd- Ken Thompson, Kirlish Flock
3rd- Laura Weir, Lisnafillan Flock
1st- Cubitt and Maybin, Kildowney and Galgorm Flock
2nd- Ben Lamb, Richhill flock
3rd- Aaron Graham, Newparks Flock.