The January Gems in-lamb ewe sale at Ballymena Mart, on the first Saturday of the New Year, proved to be a real winter warmer with a 98% clearance of sheep forward. Prices held well with a strong Cowal Viceroy daughter in lamb to Haddo Yoyo from the Curley flock of John Trimble topping the sale at 2900gns. She sold to local breeders James Owens and Luke Finlay for their Ballynulto flock.
The Curley flock also secured joint second highest price of the day with a Brackenridge Transformer daughter selling in lamb to Glenside Valhalla. She changed hands for 2100gns and joins the Glenroe flock of Sean McCloskey, Claudy.
Also selling at 2100gns was a Springwell Vieira daughter out of a Waen Maraddona dam bred by Brian Williamson and Adrian Liggett. She sold in-lamb to Glenside Wild Boy and joined the Derryvore Flock, of Owen and Liam Donohoe, Co Fermanagh. Next in the list of top prices was another Curley gimmer, a Knock Ursus ewe also in-lamb to Haddo Yoyo, she was purchased by D Sandall for 1600gns on the day and traveled south of the border to Naas.
Stanley and Martin Warnock’s Straidarran flock form Limavady, enjoyed a strong days trading with a Stainton Victor daughter, in lamb to a home bred tup, Straidarran Yakubu, topping their pen at 1400gns. Purchased by Alistair Breen for his Drumderg flock she travels home with a Straidarran pen mate by the same sire. The Straidarran flock stayed in the four figure bracket with a pair of Stainton Victor daughters making the 1000gns mark.
Leading the way for the ewe lambs was another entry from the Williamson and Liggett partnership, a Kiltariff Wannenburg daughter selling to Co Monaghan breeder Michael McMeel for 1140gns. The Curley flock also experienced good trade for ewe lambs with a Knock Trident daughter selling at 1000gns.
Averages; Curley £1020 for 14 sold, Straidarran £967 for seven sold, Blue Gates £496.50 for 14 sold, Kilrail House £487.70 for nine sold, Redford £366.18 for eight sold and £1285 for three sold by the Williamson and Liggett partnership.