This new sale was strongly supported by breeders eager to succeed and featured an impressive 105 ewes put forward.
The first part of the evening saw judging in the capable hands of Mr Trevor Knox, Riverview Flock, Armoy.
The large number of sheep in the show gave the judge plenty of choice.
The champion of the day was awarded to Lot 46 from Mountdale Flock Ellen McClure for her January born ewe lamb named Mountdale E332.
A pet Mountdale C21 by Ballytaggart Charlie, this sharp lamb showed power and style selling for 900gns to Mark Hamilton, Castlederg.
Reserve champion, lot 49, was awarded second prize to Ellen McClure with ‘Mountdale E327’, again a Ballytaggart Charlie daughter out of the Mountdale C22 pet.
This September-born lamb again showed strength with a top price sale on the night at 920gns to John Keown, Fermanagh.
The champion was the winner of the best opposite sex ram lamb class, “Richhill E1611”, a ram lamb born in September of the Richhill Flock from Ben Lamb on lot 7.
By Manorcroft Thunder this strong, well-built lamb out of the homebred Richhill X612 sold for 480gns to Lee Geddis, Moira.
Ram Lamb: 1st Ben Lamb, 2nd Steven and Stuart Lyons, 3rd David and Sarah Stevenson, 4th Laura Fulton, 5th Graham Cubitt
Ewe lamb: 1st Ellen McClure, 2nd Ellen McClure, 3rd Ben Lamb, 4th Ellen McClure, 5th Caroline McKeown
Red Sheep: 1st Caroline McKeown, 2nd Brian and Judith Moorhead, 3rd Caroline McKeown
The sale saw excellent demand, particularly for females with the third highest price at 720gns fetched by three females. Brian and Judith Moorhead, Briglands, sold a flock of 101 ewes for 720gns.
Consigned by Downkillybegs Cantona from Ballytaggart C335 and scanned with twin lambs, this stunning ewe was purchased by Brian Donnelly.
Also fetching 720gns from Ellen McClure for twin sisters E316 and E317 sired by Lisnafillan Z43 and Ballytaggart Charlie were lots 47 and 48. These two clever lambs have found their new homes with John Keown, Fermanagh.
Back-to-back lot 102 at 700gns Ashvale, from Caroline McKeown, with her first prize curled ewe. This strong bodied ewe by Glenbrae B76 Ashvale Bruno has found a new home with John Keown.
James and Craig Robson won 650gns for January ewes lot 39 ‘Ballyhamage E942’, a Tardree Corry son from Ballyhamage A07. This eye-catching lamb was capitalized by Robert McCaughern, Ballymoney.
Sharp trading resulted in both a high clearance rate and healthy averages.
Other leading prices of the evening were: C McKeown 640gns to W McCracken, C McKeown 640gns to W McCracken, C and C Holmes 640gns to W McCracken, B Lamb 640gns to W McCaughern, B and J Moorhead 600gns to R, B and J Moorhead 600gns to R, B and J Moorhead 600gns to W McCracken. D, D. and S Stevenson 600gns R McCaughern, C McKeown 600gns A and G Sloane, B and J Moorhead 560gns R Marshall, S and S Lyons 520gns to J and C Robson, C and C Holmes 500gns to W McCracken, D and S. B and J Moorhead, B and J Moorhead 480gns W Jeffers, D and S Stevenson 480gns W McCracken, B and J Moorhead 450gns W Jeffers and L Fulton 450gns B McTurk.
Overall, this new sale was a huge success, made possible by the support of breeders, buyers, sponsors and both the excellent facilities and market staff at Swatragh.
Another sale success is testament to the breed as it continues to grow with unwavering demand in Northern Ireland and further afield.
The next sale on the club calendar will be the 33rd annual Autumn Show and Sale at Ballymena Livestock Market on Monday 10th October 2022.
This will be the last show and sale of the year so it is not to be missed.