WITH top price of £12,000 trade was buoyant at Kelso ram sales where the average of £685.48 for 4,285 rams sold was up £64.80 on last year with a clearance rate of 83.56 per cent up from 75.81 per cent in 2015.
The sale lead was a Bluefaced Leicester shearling from the Wight family’s Midlock flock, Biggar. By Midlock Mustang out of an E1 Barf House sired ewe, it sold to William Barker for the Keer flock, Carnforth, Lancashire. The Wights also took the breed’s second top price of £5,000 for another shearling by the same sire which went to Kevin Ridley, Wark.
Texels sold to £7,000 three times. The first two were from Jim Arnott’s Haymount flock, Kelso and both by Ettrick Vagabond out of sisters by Scrogtonhead Powerhouse, bought at Kelso for £10,000. The buyers of the first were Peter and Lynn Gray, Galston, Ayrshire and with Wights. The second went to Stuart Barclay, Insch, Aberdeenshire.
The Grays then took £7,000 for a shearling from their Scrogtonhead flock, a son of Lamb Bros Unbeatable which sold in a three way split to T. and A. Cockburn, West Linton, J. Gibb and Hugh Jackson, Biggar.
Suffolks peaked at £4,500 for a ram lamb by Cloontagh Chieftain out of a Whitestone Footprint daughter from Jimmy Douglas’ Cairness flock. It sold over the telephone to Alastair Gault, David Duncan and Trevor Robinson, Northern Ireland.
Next in the Suffolks at £4,000 was a non-MV accredited shearling by an Allanshaws ram from I.H.G. Warden, Hawick. It sold to the partnership of William Davie, Rothbury and Andrew Walton, Alnwick.
The Airyolland pen from Neale and Janet McQuistin, Newton Stewart provided the top Beltex prices selling two shearlings for £3,800 apiece. First was Airyolland Alonzo by Dooley Napal out of an Airyolland Nailer sired ewe which was knocked down to Jonathan Watson, Berwick on Tweed. The other was Airyolland Atomic by Airyolland Waqeem. It sold to J. Knight, Calderbridge, who also paid £3,800 and £3,000 for Dutch Texel shearlings from Stuart Wood, Aberdeen, which were by Hercules, an imported ram.
Border Leicesters peaked at £2,100 for Tom Tennant, West Forth, selling to Messrs Summerfield, Stafford.
Cross-bred rams were in demand selling to £1,550 for a Texel cross Beltex from C. Mellor, Chathill, Northumberland, which was knocked down to G.W. Lee, Stockley.
Leading the Lleyn trade at £1,300 was a shearling from G. and A. Fort, Keighley, West Yorkshire. Charollais sold to £1,200 for a shearling form H.W. Sloan, Dumfries, which went to Mr Peart, Weardale with a Vendeen shearling from R.N. Howie and Partners, North Lytham also making £1,200.
Shearlings – 149 Beltex, £779.93; 24 Berrichon, £434.58; 9 Blue Texel, £481.11; 501 Bluefaced Leicester, £940.86; 65 Border Leicester, £430.92; 196 Charollais, £491.94; 19 Dutch Texel, £1,270; 16 Hampshire Down, £465.63; 85 Lleyn, £434.12; North Country Cheviot, £435.91; 1 Oxford Down, £180; 1 Poll Dorset, £280; 5 Roussin, £316; 287 Suffolk, £655.71; 870 Texel, £878.44; 10 Vendeen, £720;3 unregistered Blue Texel, £410; 525 Crosses, £587; 5 unregistered Oxford Down, £220; 431 unregistered Suffolks, £593.39; 606 unregistered Texel, £599.63.
Lambs – 5 Beltex, £212; 18 Berrichon, £268.89; 1 Blue Texel, £380; 26 Bluefaced Leicester, £1,013.46; 33 Charollais, £37303; 3 Hampshire Down, £243.33; 1 Poll Dorset, £280; 229 Suffolk, £500.57; 101 Texel, £643.76; 16 Crosses, £369.38.
Auctioneers – Border Livestock Exchange; C and D Auction Marts; Harrison and Hetherington; Hexham and Northern Marts; Lawrie and Symington; North East Livestock Sales; United Auctions.