Suffolk Cheviot & Continental X Breeding Sheep Report

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Suffolk Cheviot & Continental X Breeding sheep sale 

The first of the annual hogget sales at Ballymena Mart attracted a massive entry of 3700 sheep and despite the heavily increased numbers the trade recorded was excellent especially for good quality Suffolk Cheviot hoggets and lambs. The sale saw a 99.7% clearance in the hogget ring and returned an average of £147.47 for 2906 hoggets sold a drop of £5 per head on 2017 but 10% more sheep sold and sold to a top price of £325 paid to James Alexander. In the ewe lamb ring the emphasis was on quality with some excellent prices recorded but poorer quality lots were difficult to clear. The lamb average was very similar to 2017 with prices back £1 per head to level at £92.82 per head and sold to a top of £168 per head paid to Logan Anderson. Prior to the sale a show of Suffolk Cheviot hoggets was sponsored by The Ulster Wool Group and were judged by Jimmy Mills of Larne with first place awarded to Des. Knox of Kesh, second place was taken by Morris Breen, Willie Blackburn third and Neill Rollston fourth. Leading prices in each section were as follows. Hoggets – J Alexander Randalstown 12 SXC @ £325, M Breen Tempo 10 SXC @ £228, 12 @ £220, D Knox Kesh 12 SXC @ £200, D Gibson Mallusk 10 SXC @ £200, J Alexander 12 SXC @ £200, 12 SXC @ £200, 12 SXC @ £200, W Blackburn Clogher 12 SXC @ £200, 14 SXC @ £198, D Gibson 10 SXC @ £195, M Breen 10 SXC @ £195, W Blackburn 12 SXC @ £190, J Alexander 12 SXC @ £190, T Martin Saintfield 12 SXC @ £188, D Gibson 10 SXC @ £188, W Blackburn 14 SXC @ £185, M Breen 12 SXC @ £182, V Anderson C’mills 12 SXC @ £182, D Gibson 10 SXC @ £180, P Donnelly Rathkenny 11 SXC @ £180, M Breen 10 SXC @ £180, J Alexander 7 SXC @ £180. (Leading averages – M Breen 62 ave £198, J Alexander 237 ave £182.81, D Gibson 143 ave £172.15, W Blackburn 162 ave £169.49). Lambs – L Anderson Kilwaughter 12 SXC @ £168, IJ & A Wilson I’magee 9 SXC @ £142, L Anderson 9 SXC @ £135, S Hall 12 Texel X @ £121, TA Rodgers Broughshane 15 SXC @ £112, 15 SXC £110, F McKinney Bendooragh 14 SXC £106, TA Rodgers 15 SXC @ £100, 15 SXC @ £100.