THE Scottish Area sale of pedigree Suffolk sheep at Stirling saw a top price of 43,000gns with eight lots selling for five figures. The ram lamb average was £2,852.50 with a 64 per cent clearance.
The sale leader from George Stuart’s Birness flock, Aberdeenshire, was a son of Ballynacannon Noah out of a ewe by Cavanagrove Catalyst. It was knocked down to Dennis Taylor with Mark Priestley and Michael McNally, all from Northern Ireland, taking a quarter share each. The Birness flock averaged £8,050.35 for their pen of nine lots.
The next top price of 30,000gns was for a Solwaybank Rock Solid sired ram out of a Cloontagh Chieftain daughter from Philip Poole’s Salopian flock, Shrewsbury, which sold to Paul Delves for the Bridgeview flock, Powys.
The male and overall champion, a ram lamb by Birness Playboy out of a Ballynacannon Taylor Made sired ewe from Stephen Sufferin’s Crewelands flock, Maghera, sold for 26,000gns to Iain Barbour, Annan.
Mark Priestley’s Limestone flock, Downpatrick, averaged of £7,743.75 for four lambs topping at 23,000gns for a Limestone Aston Martin son out of a Limestone Brigadier sire Garnsha dam. The buyer was Seamus Browne for his Errigal flock, Donegal.
Andrew Wilson of the Castleisle flock, Donegal, sold six ram lambs to a top of 21,000gns with an average of £12,232,50. His top price was for a Limestone Aston Martin son out of a Cairness Liam sired Castleisle dam which sold to Chris Holmes’ Rookery flock, Worcestershire.
Another Aston Martin sired lamb out of a Cairness See the Stars sired dam, from the same pen sold for 20,000gns to Arthur O’Keeffe, Cork.
Averages – 4 females, £840; 144 ram lambs, £2,852.50.
Auctioneers: United Auctions.