A successful day at Border Union’s Kelso Ram Sale on September 10 saw a record average and top price of £52,000. Last year saw the wheels back on each ring after the outdoor event.
It turned out that the canvas cover was well received by both buyers and sellers, but incessant rain did not dampen the day’s trade, with 3,626 rams selling at a record average of £999.39.
That’s an increase of £29 per head over the year, with 90 more sold and an impressive clearance rate of 82%.
The Texel breed commanded the highest prices of the day, with forty-eight rams hitting the five-figure mark, selling for £52,000 for the best of the Midlock lot from the Wright family of Crawford.
Top place was Midlock Express, a son of Claybury Dunkirk, a joint purchase of 34,000gns. A daughter of Mullan Amigo, the dam previously produced 13,000gns sons.
Second highest sale at £40,000
A runner-up at Royal Highland, it sold to the Dunlops at Elmscleugh, Dunbar, and Steven Renwick’s Craig Douglas herd at Peebles.
From the same pen, Midlock shepherd Brian Gilchrist sold a £10,000 fleece from Dundas, a son of Mitchellhill Actionman.
Second top at £40,000 was the Douganhill Extra Special brought by Brian and David MacTaggart at Castle Douglas.
Ridden by Claybury Dazzler, he was reserve male champion at Royal Highland this year. Logie fell to the Ingram family in Durno.
On the other side of the coin, the Ingrams had a successful day selling a pedigree Texel for the first time in Kelso from their Inverurie-based herd.
Their nine colts averaged £6,567, reaching £32,000 for their home-bred son of Logie Durno Braveheart before selling for £6,000 at Builth Wells.
Out of a ewe by Granite Untouchable, this went to Robin and Caroline Orr’s Halbeath flock in Dunfermline, bought with Alex and Russell Gray, Langside, Lanark.
The Ingrams also led the trade in crossbred sheep, selling a Texel crossbred to Mrs Barnes of Dungannon for £5,000.
Gordon and David Gray were last in Ring 9, but furs from the Ettrick lot selling up to £17,000 were worth the wait.
The other, a son of Douganhill Desperado, is for sale in a four-way split to Ian Hunter, Dalchirla, Crieff; McKerrows in Uppermill, Tarves; Angus Kennedy, Mitchellhill, Biggar; and Andrew Renwick, Blackhouse, Yarrow.
Second best at £10,000 from Ettrick was by Claybury Dunkirk, sold to NC and CG Hedges, Cinderbank, Staplecross.
Best price to date Dougie Fleming, Burnhead, Coulter, sold a fur son of Tatham Hall Class Act for £14,000 to James Whiteford, Tercrosset, Brampton.
Another five-figure seller was one of Quicks’ Loosebeare herd from Devon, a Teiglum Cosmic son that sold for £10,000 to RM and GL Watkins, Upper Cwm, Hereford.
Airyolland Goldfinger set Beltex record
Neale and Janet McQuist’s ram Airyolland Goldfinger, of New Luce, enjoyed the Beltex breed trade with a new breed record at Kelso, selling McAllister’s Northern Ireland-based Artnigullion flock for £11,000.
A son of Ardstewart Dare Devil, his full brothers won 18,000gns and 12,000gns at Carlisle.
Gary Beacom, Lakeview, Co Tyrone, sold two for £8,000 each and one for £7,500.
All sons of Alan Miller, Lurg, Midmar and Grant Anderson’s Topflite, all sons of Eynstable Factotum, a full brother to the first of the 29,000gns Lakeview Golden Daughter sold at Carlisle last month, went to Stuart Wood’s Woodies herd at Skene. Dumfries.
Another £8,000 went to Simon Stevens, Meikle Geddes, Nairn, while NC and CG Hedges took home the £7,500 seller.
Jock McMillan, Carse of Clary, also made £8,000 for Clary Gigolo, a Borderesque Leapfrog son sold to Messrs Williams, Cefncrin, Wales.
As Bluefaced Leicesters in demand, teenager Finlay leads the way
Another strong demand for Bluefaced Leicesters saw prices for a 19-year-old ram from young Finlay Robertson of the Beeches flock of Crosswoodhill, West Calder, reach £8,200, while two others sold for £4,800 and £4,500.
All were half-siblings, B41 was the result of a homebred ewe flush by Hewgill, and L22 was sired by Blarnavaid, which was purchased privately.
Dearest Craig and Katreen Malone, Pitcairn, Lochgelly for sale in a three way split; Iain Minto, Townhead, Dolphinton; and Andrew and Ian Cullens, Dollarbank, Dollar.
A £4,800 Beeches shearling sold to A Smellie and Partners, Posso, Peebles, while a £4,500 ram went to Neil Anderson, farm manager at Cranshaws, Duns.
Malcolm Thornborrow and Sons, Easter Dawyck, Stobo, sold the second highest £8,000 Bluefaced Leicester – a £30,000 M1 Hewgill shorn ram out of an H38 Dawyck ewe.
He sold to Alastair MacArthur, Nunnerie, Elvanfoot, and Kevin Ridley, Shittlington Hall, Hexham.
Top price for the Wright family’s Midlock lot was £6,200 for beef by Midlock Zeus, bought by Malcolm Coubrough, Lamington.
Aberdeenshire breeder Jimmy Douglas, Woodhead of Cairness, sold the two highest priced Border Leicesters for £3,600 and £2,900. Both by Alticane sire, the former sold to Messrs White, Lea Gate, Malham, the latter to Messrs Brown, Millmoor, Lanark.
The Ingrams do a brisk trade in Suffolks
Adding to his success in the Texel rings, Logie Durno, Ingrams of Pitcaple, Inverurie, sold Suffolks at Kelso for his first senior year, producing one of the leading entries at £9,000, the third highest purchase. lot £5,000.
William and Carole Ingram, sons Gregor and Bruce and daughter Amy sold the first of two Suffolk rams for £9,000 to Jim Pate and Sons, Toxside, Gorebridge.
He is a son of Loji Durno born to be wild and is from a homebred ewe.
The family also sold by the same sire to the Stewarts of Kininmonth, Cupar, from another sire for £3,000.
Logie Durno bought the pre-sale champion ram from Alex and Russell Gray of Langside, Kirkfield-bank, for £5,000.
Jonathan Watson of the Brijon herd, Bowsden Moor, Berwick upon Tweed, also took £9,000 for a Suffolk gelding from Iain Campbell, Glenrath, Peebles.
Neil and Stuart Barclay, Harestone, Insch, Northern Ireland went to £3,800 for a steer from James Alexander’s Jalex; and Fraserburgh-based breeder Irene Fowlie took £2,600 for a high index shearing ram from Messrs Emmerson, Trabrown, Lauder, Adziel, Strichen.
Suffolk ram lambs reached £3,600 for a 2,600gns Dunrho Last Chance son from Helen Goldie’s Harpercroft flock of Kilmarnock.
Bryden Nicolson, Highfield Farming, Knockem, Duns, Strathbogie was the final bidder for this lamb bred from a 24 Carat-sired dam.
Ronnie Black and sons Mike and Pete sold the best for £2,000 to breeder Alastair Black, Collessie, Cupar, Newton, Northern Ireland.
- £1054.19 for Beltex 253.
- Barrixon for 14 £627.
- £473.13 for Blue Texel 32.
- £1180.98 for a Bluefaced Leicester 396.
- £1000.53 for Border Leicester 38.
- £656.08 for Charollais 97.
- £384.52 for Llane 31.
- £714.55 for a North Country Cheviot 22.
- £1178.84 for Suffolk 215.
- £1486.78 for Texel 621.
- £809.51 for 515 passes.
- £908.42 for Unregistered Suffolks 448.
- £844.33 for unregistered Texels 586.
- £666.79 for Suffolk 165.
- £740 for Texel 101.
- Charollais for 40 £480.48.
- £1050.00 for Bluefaced Leicester 12.
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