An excellent entry of Suffolk tups resulted in an almost 100% clearance at the North Antrim and East Londonderry Suffolk Sheep Club annual ram sale in Armoy Market on Tuesday night past.
The pre sale show sponsored by Glens Farm Supplies was judged by Benvale Suffolk flock owner Rodney Blair from Ballymoney. The first class before Rodney was a very strong Shearling Ram class with his first choice going to R C & J C Watsons Bannview flock bred shearling ram, he was by Birness Pure Genius with Birness the Great behind the dam. His reserve was John Hegartys Benhead ram sired by Blackbrae Bold and out of a Kirkview Impulse bred ewe.
The ram lamb class saw Packie Donnelly’s smart Birness Bolt sired ram lamb take top honours with Kings High and Mighty behind the dam. The reserve spot went to the Windyhill ram lamb of Fred Smyth which was out of Islandmoyle Redneck and a Rhaeader Rossi bred ewe.
The group of lambs saw the two Birness Bolt Bred lambs from the Donrho flock of Packie Donnelly take top spot with Fred Smyths Windyhill lambs bred by Islandmoyle Redneck and Baileys Rock Solid take second spot.
ULSTER BANK CHAMPIONSHIP
Rodney had much deliberation before he placed RC & JC Watsons Bannview Shearling Ram as his overall champion and winner of the Ulster Bank shield which sold for £610. The Reserve overall award went to John Hegartys Shearling Ram selling at £900.
Leading prices - J HEGARTY £900, £620, £600, £550, £540, £440, £400, £400. Brian McVicker £680, £600, £580, £550, £550 , £520 £410, £400. RC & JC WATSON £610, £600, £490, £460, £400, £380. PACKIE DONNELLY - £610, £580, £480, £460, £420 £380. JOHN McKAY - £530, £400. MARTIN BUTLER- £430, £410, £300. G DOUGLAS £420, £400, £360. A McCLURE £400, £310, FRED SMYTH - £340, £300. P GURNEY - £330, £300. PETER THOMPSON – £300.
SHOW RESULTS – SHEARLING RAM – 1st RC & JC WATSON , 2ND J HEGARTY, 3RD J HEGARTY.
RAM LAMB – 1ST PACKIE DONNELLY, 2ND FRED SMYTH, 3RD JOHN McKAY.
LAMB GROUP - 1ST PACKIE DONNELLY, 2ND FRED SMYTH, 3RD P GURNEY.
OVERAL CHAMPION – RC & JC WATSON , RESERVE CHAMPION - J HEGARTY.
The club are indebted to Glens Farm Supplies for their generous sponsorship and Armoy Market staff for their support.