NCC rams sold to a new record £28,000 at Lairg

A North Country Cheviot ram from Robert and Becca Rennie, Attonburn, sold for a record £28,000 at Lairg on Monday.

A two-cut ram by Sorbietrees Viscount, Attonburn Bonnie Lad, in partnership with Alan Hutcheon of the Hartside Hill herd for Linhope Farming Partnership, Powburn, at £2,200 at Lockerbie lived up to his name. Bonnie Lad is bred from a home-bred ewe and sold in a two-way split between Norman and David Douglas of the Whitehope flock of Catslackburn, Yarrow and William Dunlop and Sons, Commonside, Hawick.

Pen head for Bandanloch sold for £12,000 Ref:RH031022300 Rob Haining / The Scottish Farmer…

The Rennies had a great day with four other two-shorn rams earning big money to achieve a phenomenal sale average of £9,350 for six.

Best for them was the £8,000 sale for Attonburn Blizzard, a Hethpool-bred son of Attonburn Xodus, which went to Andrew Elliott, who bought the Balnakeil herd in Durness, Sutherland.

Three shears from Badanloch sold for £9,000 Ref:RH031022301 Rob Haining / The Scottish Farmer…

Coul Estate, Newtonmore, then set aside £7,000 for Attonburn Bull Rider, a son of Woodside Wahoo, which he bought here in 2019 for £7,000.

The latest four-figure priced Attonburn ram was bought by Badanloch Estate, Kinbrace, driven by Hughie MacKenzie. It was Attonburn Braveheart by the £1,300 Lockerbie purchase, Heatherhope Vicious Stu, who on two previous occasions brought sons to £10,000.

Attonburn Blizzard sold for £8,000 Ref:RH031022284 Rob Haining / The Scottish Farmer…

On the credit side, Badanloch Estate sold three shears to Coul Estate for £12,000. He is the last son to sell from the £5000 Armadale Seagull purchased here in 2017.

His pen mate Murdo and Heather MacDonald, from Badanloch, fetched £9,000 for Achentoul Cottage, Kinbrace. He is by Suisgill Sumo, a 2019 ram purchased here.

Attonburn Bull Rider sold for £7,000 Ref:RH031022286 Rob Haining / The Scottish Farmer…

Linhope Farming Partnership sold top Hartside Hill Bronco for £8,500 to Martyn Cook’s Dorrery herd at Scotscalder, Caithness. A half-brother to the sales leader, Sorbietrees is a son of Viscount and is out of a homebred ewe.

Next in the £7,000 trade stakes was Sorbietrees Bruno, a two-piece ram from Drew Oliver’s Hillend herd. A son of North House Reliant, purchased for £4,500 in 2015, he is from a Whitchester-bred ewe and fell to Messrs Curwen, Marshaw Farm, Lancaster.

Hartside Hill Bronco from Linhope Farming Partners won £8,500 Ref:RH031022294 Rob Haining / Scottish Farmer…

Jan MacKenzie’s North Loch Naver herd from Caithness, Heatherlea Croft, near Ardgay, sold for £6,000 for two shears bought by George and Sabrina Ross. He is a £7,000 Langdale ‘Lets Be Having You’ ram bought here in 2020 and bred from a homebred ewe.

It was a great day for Norman and David Douglas’ Whitehope herd Yarrow taking £5,500 for two shorn rams from Attonburn. She was bought by Suisgill Vanguard for £14,000 – 2018 – and is out of a homebred ewe.

North Loch Naver top sold for £6,500 Ref:RH031022281 Rob Haining / The Scottish Farmer…

The same house fetched £4,000 for the same-aged Whitehope Batman, a son of Badanloch Vava Voom, at £14,000, bought by Eskdalemuir Forestry Ltd, Langholm, Dumfriesshire.

Achentoul Farms, Kinbrace, sold two half brothers for £5,200 and £5,000 to Welsh breeder Jamie Jerman in Powys. Both sired by £4,200 Badanloch Mr Brightside ewes purchased here in 2019.

Attonburn Blockbuster sold for £6,500 Ref:RH031022285 Rob Haining / The Scottish Farmer…

Another ram from the same house, this time the same age as the Inkstack ram, sold to Attonburn for £4,800.

The top price for Sutherland’s Joyce Campbell’s Armadale flock was £5,000 by Badanloch, with a £7,000 Badanloch Battleship ram for two shorn rams to £10,000 last year.

Douglas’s Whitehope 2 shears sold for £5,500 Ref:RH031022293 Rob Haining / The Scottish Farmer…

The long trip from Northumberland to Lairg also proved positive for Dallas and Ruth Allen, who sold a son of Badanloch Tip Top Tup from the Humbleheugh-based operation for £4,800. The buyer was Andrew Elliot, Balnakeil.

A two-cut Dalrachie Balvenie from Alan and Sarah Jane Forbes’ Ballindalloch-based unit attracted bids of £4,200 when it sold to Messrs Thomson, Ronaldsay, Orkney. Backed by homebred genetics on both sides, his sire being Dalrachie Ali.

average price: 260 rams, £1403.00.

Joyce Campbell sold this 2 cut Armadale gun for £5000 Ref:RH031022302 Rob Haining / The Scottish Farmer…

Auctioneers: United Auctions.

FLOCK averages

Herd (No) Top (£) Prospect (£)

Westview (3) 400 333.33

Wellbeck (4) 500 425.00

South Balkeith (4) 900 512.50

Castle Grant (6) 2000 1316.66

Inverbroom (4) 1800 1112.50

Westerjaw (5) 1200 880.00

East Kirtomi (7) 1100 692.85

Langdale (6) 1000 666.66

North Loch Naver (4) 6000 2012.50

Rhifail Farms (5) 2600 1380.00

Clebrig (5) 900 560.00

Cracaig (8) 1800 1112.50

Sorbietrees (5) 7000 1840.00

Attonburn (6) 28,000 9350.00

Sebay (6) 1800 975.00

Dalrachie (6) 4200 2200.00

Turner (3) 1200 666.66

From there (3) 550 450.00

Keppoch (12) 700 554.16

Saluscraggie (6) 3500 1333.33

Forest side (4) 2800 1800.00

Hartside (7) 8500 1621.42

Croick (3) 400 383.33

3 Borghi (4) 2200 887.50

Keoldale (6) 700 391.66

Dunbeath (7) 1100 721.42

East Brachmont (4) 1000 750.00

Gillesbie (5) 2000 800.00

Strathcaniard (4) 1600 1037.50

Bed cover (6) 1500 1133.33

Whitehope (10) 5500 2220.00

Balavil House (6) 2400 1091.66

Auldallan (6) 2600 1283.33

Heathpool (5) 1000 650.00

Dorrery (4) 1200 700.00

Eastern Lodge (4) 1500 700.00

Badanloch (10) 12,000 3,960

Achentoul (9) 5200 2844.44

Armadale (12) 5000 1233.33

Heatherlea (4) 400 337.50

Bardnaclaven (5) 1600 760.00

Brakside (5) 1300 740.00

Stouphill (5) 4800 1980.00

Balnakeil (6) 1500 866.66

Torroble (3) 400 310.00

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