The champion from the pre-sale show, Jen Heathcote’s aged ram Pluckley 13/00048, led the trade at Saturday’s Southdown Sheep Society Premier Sale, Maidstone, when knocked down at 1050gns.
This son of Goodwood 10/00049 is out of dam by Morebread 05/0009 and sold to bulk buyers on the day, Messrs Sinden, Brenzett Green, Kent.
Second best of the sale was a 950gns call for a shearling ram from the Whitcombe family’s Southern Cross flock, with this being Southern Cross 14/00578, a Southern Cross 10/0070 son out of a dam by East Dean 05/0271. He was bought by Messrs Coney, Belton, Lincolnshire.
Next top in the rams was a 500gns call for the first prize shearling ram from the pre-sale show, Ladywell 14/00168 from Duncan and Monica Crundwell. This son of Southern Cross 10/00065 is out of a dam by Ladywell 09/0282 and sold to Michael and Gail Sprake for the All Saints flock, Suffolk.
Trade then followed the judging, with the second prize shearling ram from Jonathan Long and family making 480gns. This was Chaileybrook 14/0005, a son of the imported French sire TC4028 out of a Southern Cross bred dam. This ram is a full brother to the joint breed female record holder Chaileybrook 13/0024 and sold Jess Middleditch, Sudbury, Suffolk.
Selling at 420gns was Goodwood 14/05029 from Goodwood Estate, Chichester, with this Ladwell 12/00095 son being out of a Zelstone bred dam and selling Charlotte Randall, Harpole, Northamptonshire.
Three then sold at 400gns, with the first being Chaileybrook 14/0012 from the Long family. This son of French sire TC10187 is out of a dam by East Dean Z30 and sold for commercial use with John Scott, Tain, Ross-Shire.
The second at this level was another from the Whitcombe’s Southern Cross 14/00547. He is by Langford 12/00134 and out of a dam by the New Zealand sire Clifton Downs CD 225/06. This one sold to Hannah Turner and John Worsfold, Reigate, Surrey.
And wrapping up the notable prices here were the Crundwells when they sold Ladywell 14/00159 at 400gns to Messrs Roberts, Holywell. This one is by Southern Cross 10/00065 and out of a homebred dam.
Trade for females was strong throughout, with a number of establishing flocks eager to supplement their numbers with extra bloodlines.
Heading the trade at 700gns was a ewe lamb from the Goodwood flock, with this one, Goodwood 15/05221 having been champion at the National Show this year. Sired by Ridings 11/701 and out of a Wyndam dam by a Brompton sire, this one sold to the Sinden family, Brenzett Green.
Next best in the females was a 650gns call for a shearling ewe from the same home. Sired by Ladywell 12/00095 she is out of a homebred dam and also sold to the Sindens.
The same vendor and buyer combination was then responsible for a 620gns sale when Goodwood 14/04995 sold. This one is by the same Ladywell sire and is again out of a Goodwood bred dam.
Also at this price was the best of the aged ewes, a 2012-born ewe from the Wakeham-Dawson and Harmer’s Ridings flock. This was Ridings 12/001344, a daughter of Benoit out of a dam by a homebred sire. She sold to Edward Morgan, Carmarthenshire.
Close behind at 600gns was a shearling ewe from the same home, with this being Ridings 14/002181, a daughter of East Dean 11/00418 out of Ridings dam. She was bought by the Sinden family.
Selling at 540gns was another Ridings shearling ewe by the same sire, with this one heading to North Wales with Messrs Williams. And at 520gns was another Ridings shearling ewe. This one is by Ridings 11/00701 and sold to Megan Chilcott, Somerset.
Goodwood 14/04993 then followed at 500gns, with this daughter of Ladywell 00/095 being out of a homebred dam and selling to Nigel Barrington-Fuller, Clacton, Essex.
And a pair then made 400gns, with the first being Chaileybrook 14/0022 from the Long family. This daughter of TC10187 is out of a dam by TC4028 and sold to Megan Chilcott.
The other at this level came from the Wakeham-Dawson and Harmer family, with this one being Ridings 14/02170. She’s by East Dean 11/00418 and out of a homebred dam and sold to Edward Morgan, Carmarthenshire.
Averages; four older ewes £262.50, 20 shearling ewes £310.50, three ewe lambs £ 399, 10 shearling rams £486.15, seven ram lambs £185.85 (Lambert and Foster).
Sale dates for the remaining sales this season are listed opposite.
For sale reports from the previous sales please follow the links below.