Texel sellers enjoyed a robust trade throughout the day at Kelso Ram Sales, with shearlings hitting the £7000 mark on three occasions and the shearling average rose by more than £110 on the year to settle at £878.44. Ram lambs meanwhile were also well sought after, with the average for these jumping more than £165 with more sold on the year too.
Two of the leading 7000gns calls came from Jack Arnott’s Kelso-based Haymount consignment, both sons of Ettrick Vagabond, while the dams are sisters, sired by the £10,000 Scrogton Powerhouse.
The pen number one sold in a three-way split to the Wights at Midlock, Crawford; Peter and Lynn Gray, Scrogtonhead, Galston; and Dougie Fleming’s Burnhead flock at Coulter.
The other at the same money, which stood champion at the Border Livestock pre-sale show, sold to Stuart Barclay’s Harestone flock, based in Insch.
On the other side of the coin, the Grays received £7000 for the best from their Scrogtonhead pen, a son of Lamb Bros Unbeatable, out of a ewe by Foyleview Superstar, which went to the Cockburns at Kingside, Leadburn; Meikle Jackson, Wolfclyde, Biggar; and Jim Gibb, Toftcombs, Biggar.
Best for Alan, Andrew and David Clark’s Garngour consignment from Lesmahagow, was a £6200 bid for the shearling, Teiglum Wiseguy, a son of Castlecairn Vavavoom, out of a ewe by Teiglum Rembrandt. He was knocked down to Charlie Angus, Oldfield, Thurso.
Another from the Garngour pen, by Eglur Vesuvius, sold at £3000, to Paul Slater, Dandy Farm, Adlington, Cheshire. Father and son team, Alex and Russell Gray, Langside, Lanark, received a top of £6000 for a son of the 5000gns Springhill Uppercut, out of a ewe by Midlock Oddsocks. He sold to Ed Page, Rookwith House, Ripon.
Selling at £5800 was a shearling son of the high performance ram Hightecs Unbeatable, from John Elliot, Roxburgh Mains, Kelso, which sold to GL, JJ and A Howells, Shadog, Llandysul.
Gordon and David Gray’s Ettrick pen from Lindean, Selkirk, proved popular, peaking at £5500, for the pre-sale performance recorded show winner, a son of the £2200 Castlecairn Vital Spark, out of an Insch-bred ewe, which sold to Billy Renwick, Blackhouse, Yarrow.
Another Vital Spark son from Ettrick reached £3800, selling to AR Bell, Kirkton, Hawick, whilst one by Milnbank Vantastic sold at £3000 to Messrs Whiteford, Tercrosset, Brampton.
Leading the Wight family’s Midlock trade was a £4800 bid for their best, a son of Sportsmans Unbeatable, which sold to Jamie Brownrigg of the Cumbria-based Castle Sowerby flock.
Reaching £4200 was a shearling from Robin Bell’s Teviot flock at Kelso, a Cambwell Trademark son, which sold to Matthew Jones, Glan Y Mor, Gwynedd. Two shearlings hit the £4000 mark, including one from Procters Farm’s Tatham Hall consignment. This son of Scrogtonhead Ustoater sold to JW Dent and Sons, Naby View, Barnard Castle.
The other at that money was one from John Green, The Craggs, Melrose, a son of Hightecs Ultimatum, which sold to Norman Douglas, Catslackburn, Yarrow.
Top price for Robert Laird, Cambwell, was £3800, for a shearling by Hilltop Valhalla, which sold to Scrogtonhead. Leading the Quicks’ Loosebeare lot was a son of Whitehart Spot On – it sold at £3500 to Messrs Winter.
Two shearlings sold at £3400 apiece, including a son of Hartside Utopia from Neil Harvey, Blackadder Mains, which went to the Hartwrights’ Whitehart flock. The other was a son of a Logie Durno sire from the Campbell family’s Thrunton flock, which sold to WH Davidson and Sons, Lough Green.
Top for Alan Blackwood’s Auldhouseburn shearling consignment was £3000, paid by the Haymount and Thrunton flocks for one by Knap Vicious Sid.
Meanwhile, lambs sold to £5400 and £4200 from Allan Campbell, Strawfrank, Carstairs. Both sired by Cambwell Trademark, the dearer of the two sold to WR Williams, Tyhen Farm, Llangwnadl, while the other went to RM Watkins, Upper Cwm, Craswall, Hereford.
At £3400, John Leitch, Cornmore, sold a ram lamb, sired by a Baltier tup, to Robert Leggate, Silverigg, Strathaven. And, Stuart Barclay, Harestone, received £3000 for his lamb, by Glenside Willie Winkie, which sold to Bryden Nicolson, Knock, Duns.
Averages; 870 shearlings £878.44, 101 ram lambs £643.76.
Leading flock averages: Garngour (8 sh) £1846.25, Ettrick (20 sh) £1632.50, Loosebeare (9 sh) £1377.78, Haymount (29 sh) £1343.10, Roxburgh (29 sh) £1332.76, Tatham Ham (20 sh) £1300, Greenall (12 sh) £1295.83, Auldhouseburn (5 sh) £1294, Scrogtonhead (28 sh) £1271.43, Artnagullion (10 sh) £1230, Midlock (18 sh) £1205.56, Cambwell (10 sh) £1205, Langside (12 sh) £1201.67, Townhead (12 sh) £1125, Vorn (3 sh) £1066.67, Blackadder (20 sh) £1062, Almat (8 sh) £1025, Castle Bank (7 sh) £1000, Cowal (3 sh) £1000.