Saturday 29th June saw the Hampshire Down Sheep Breeders Association hold their Premier Sale at Shrewsbury Market with the top five sale prices going to high performance Signet recorded animals who have also excelled in the show ring this year.
Lot 48 from Messrs K P & A E McCarthy, a ram lamb who earlier placed third in the untrimmed ram lamb class in the pre-sale show sold for 1550 gns. Son of homebred stock ram Ballycreelly 007, lot 48 is CT scanned and has a terminal index of 282 putting him in the top 5% of the breed.
Second highest price went to Mr & Mrs G & J Galbraith with lot 57 selling for 1500gns. With an index of 273, the Graylen ram lamb, sired by homebred Graylen Laird, is top 5% on terminal index. He is also CT scanned, top 1% for growth & gigot muscularity EBVs and was overall HDSBA champion from the national show at the Three Counties Showground a fortnight prior to sale.
Lot 71, a top 25% ram lamb from the Treworthal flock sold for 1000gns having being breed champion at Devon County Show and Royal Cornwall and part of the interbreed winning group of 3 at Devon.
Congratulations must also be passed to Messrs J & J Barnard & McPherson from the Stourfield flock who took overall champion and male champion with their shearling ram in the pre-sale show. Mr & Mrs D Middleditch & Son from the St Paul flock took reserve overall champion and best ram lamb who later sold for 650gns.
Sale Summary Statistics
The premier sale showed strong demand for recorded genetics with recorded animals taking a clearance rate 10% higher than those from non-recorded flocks with a 146gn price premium. When looking at top 10% genetics or above this rises to a clearance of 89% and average price of 665gns, this puts the top genetics at a clearance rate 27% higher than their unrecorded counterparts with a 237gn price premium.