Carl Ross strokes a Suffolk ram from West River Farm on Saturday's sheep sale in Bible Hill. Auctioneer Tony Prinsen called out the bids while clerk Sheila Clarke recorded transactions. Ross purchased the animal at last year's sale in Bible Hill. Lynn Curwin – Special to the Truro Daily News
BIBLE HILL - The agridome was a woolly place on Saturday when about 90 sheep went through the ring during the Nova Scotia Purebred Sheep Breeders sale.
"This was a small sale but the prices were decent," said Richard Hines, of River John, who was one of the organizers. "We've been holding this sale for 32 years ... on the Labour Day weekend."
Hines explained that every six years there is also a spring sale and this was one of those years. When there is only one event per year there are about 200 sheep going through the auction ring.
During this sale, Hines sold three of his own sheep and bought one.
Bill McNeil, of Windsor Forks, brought four sheep to the sale and was pleased to have one of his animals, Saulsbrook Fig RR 113Y, sell for the highest price, going for $1,025. The yearling Suffolk ram was purchased by Cecile and James Blackie of Florenceville, N.B.
"We have about 50 purebred ewes and three rams so we split them up," said Cecile Blackie. "This is a British style Suffolk. The British style are more low-set while others are taller."
Carl Ross, who is from the Margaree Valley, sold a yearling ram that he purchased at last year's sale. He said he doesn't keep a lot of sheep but he enjoys raising them and being a part of the sale.
The Purebred Sheep Breeders Association of Nova Scotia was formed in 1980 to improve the quality and promote the sale of purebred sheep, to educate people about sheep breeding, and to advance the interests and speak on behalf of sheep breeders.