SEASONED Kelso vendors Karen and Allan Wight of the Midlock flock, Biggar, reigned top in the price billing once again at this year’s ram sale fixture.
Bidding peaked at £23,000, with the overall sale entry grossing over £3.1 million. Trade levelled at £709.63 for 4,452 rams sold, up £24.15 on the year.
Texel and Bluefaced Leciester shearlings were the choice lots of the day, while Suffolk shearling vendors experienced a stickier trade.
The Wight family’s £23,000 lot was a Texel shearling which is by a home-bred son of the 18,000gns sire Sportsmans Unbeatable and out of a ewe by Douganhill Monarch. It was sold in a three-way split between John Elliot, Kelso, Jonathan Watson, Bowden Moor, and Mike and Melanie Alford, Cullompton.
The same vendors also reigned in the Bluefaced Leicester section for the second year running, when they sold a home-bred shearling for a bid of £12,000. By a £34,000 Redgate sire, it is out of a ewe which is also the mother of the successful breeding ram Midlock Mustang. The buyer was J. Kay, Lammermuir.
At 10,000gns was a March-born Bluefaced Leicester shearling from the Hamildean flock from T. Dick and Son, Hamildean, Peebles. By a 35,000gns Kirkby Redgate sire, it is out of a ewe by Midlock Big Ben. It was the pick of Graham and Julie Loughery, Temain, and James Mills, Ballytober.
Ken and Ed Campbell, Northumberland, sold a Texel shearling from their Thrunton flock for £9,000, their best Kelso price in 39 years of selling. By the previous Carlisle shearling champion Forkins Viagra, it is out of a ewe by the 10,000gns ram Scrogtonhead Power House and sold to Proctors Farms, Lancashire.
Also at £9,000 was a Texel shearling from Steven Renwick, Peebles, which was knocked down to Messrs Williams, Clun. A son of Haddo Whisky Galore, it is out of a Sportsmans Unbeatable daughter.
Professor Penny, Cranshaws, and Neil Harvey, Duns, paid £8,000 for a Scrogton Vulcan-sired Texel shearling out of a Bridgehouse-bred ewe from Iain Minto, Dolpinton.
Two lots made £7,000, paid firstly for a Texel shearling from Messrs Redhead and Watson, Bowsden Moor, selling to Fearn Farm, Ross-shire.
Also making this money was a Bluefaced Leicester shearling from M. and C. Drummond, Maybole, which sold to Barry Nichols, Devon.
Topping the Suffolks and the lamb bids at £4,800 was a lot from Gary Beacon’s Lakeview flock, Northern Ireland. Out of a ewe by the 26,000gns Cairness Cyclone, it is by the 13,000gns Rookery Rodeo and was knocked down to D.J. Harvey, Powys. Leading Suffolk shearling at £4,000 came from E.A. and L. Jackson, Rugley, who sold to the Wight family, Biggar.
Best Texel lamb at £4,400 was a Strawfrank ram by the 7,500gns Bally- ahone Yorkie from Allan Campbell, Lanark. It sold to Messrs Watkins, Craswall. At £4,000 was a Milnbank ram lamb from R.H. Wilson, Turriff. By the 60,000gns Strathbogie Yes Sir, it sold to a consortium of Irish buyers.
Beltex prices hit £3,200 twice, paid firstly by J.M. Hall, Skipton, for a Buckles Absolute-sired shearling from K. and R. Buckle, Barras. Also making this price was a shearling from P. Guiry and Son, Glanton, which sold to Messrs Jardine, Upper Hardland.
A Beltex cross shearling from Stuart Wood, Skene, was the best of the unregistered cross-bred exhibits, selling to Glenalmond farms, Perth, for £1,800.
At £1,700 was the top priced Charollais, a shearling from H.W. Sloan, Riggheads, Dumfries, which sold to Norman Balcomb and Son, Romney Marsh.
Shearlings: 226 Beltex, £740.88; 21 Berrichon, £528.57; 24 Blue Texel, £372.92; 493 Bluefaced Leicester, £1,008.95; 62 Border Leicester, £313.39; 183 Charollais, £491.04; 4 Dutch Texel, £887.50; 9 Hampshire Down, £396.67; 86 Lleyn, £425.23; 49 North Country Cheviot, £458.37; 1 Oxford Down, £200; 1 Poll Dorset, £130; 6 Roussin, £420; 290 Suffolk, £813.41; 857 Texel, £916.43; 9 Vendeen, £611.11; 577 crosses, £566.12; 12 unregistered Dutch Texel, £750; 3 unregistered Hampshire Down, £273.33; 418 unregistered Suffolk, £666.53; 645 unregistered Texel, £634.81. Lambs: 9 Beltex, £490; 15 Berrichon, £380.67; 1 Blue Texel, £350; 41 Bluefaced Leicester, £737.32; 23 Charollais, £380.43; 1 Poll Dorset, £150; 232 Suffolk, £473.32; 145 Texel, £568.62; 9 crosses, £326.67.
Auctioneers: Border Livestock Exchange, C. and D. Auction Marts, Harrison and Hetherington, Hexham and Northern Marts, Lawrie and Symington, North East Livestock Sales and United Auctions.