A new record price for a North Country Cheviot was set at Lairg on Tuesday when a ram from Torrish Estate sold for £18,000.
The annual sale, saw 15 rams sell at or above £3,000 bracket which helped produce a new breed record average of £1,157.31 (+£75.44 on the year) for 201 sold.
The record breaker which sold for £18,000 to James McCaig Farms, Wester Jawcraig, Falkirk, was a three-shear from Neil McCorquodale’s 900-strong flock near Helmsdale. Brought out by shepherd, Dennis Henderson, it is by £1,000 Inkstack Impulse, out of a home-bred ewe.
Torrish Estate also received £6,000 for a three-shear by the same sire which sold to the nearby Suisgill flock.
Next at £7,000 was a two-shear by Inkstack Victor from Andrew Elliot’s Woodside flock, Kelso. Out of an Attonburn LSD-sired ewe which stood champion at the Highland Show in 2015, this one sold to Robert and Becca Rennie of the Attonburn flock, Kelso.
Bill Elliot, Hethpool, Wooler, received £6,000 for Hethpool Walter, a two-shear ram by the £7,000 Whitchesters Raptor, from Jimmy Thomson, Kelsocleugh, Kelso.
The Badanloch flock, Sutherland managed by Hughie MacKenzie, sold nine three-shear rams to a top of £,5500 twice.
First at this money was a son of the £4,000 Badanloch Beast, which sold to James McCaig Farms, while the other, selling to Dunbeath Farms, Caithness was Badanloch Vodka Coke. It is by Noth Loch Naver Nomad, a stock tup that sired the £11,000 Badanloch ram sold at last year’s sale.
Linhope Farming Partnership, Alnwick also took £5,500 for a two-shear which was snapped up by Neil Barclay, Harestone, Aberdeenshire.
Auctioneers: United Auctions.