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Shearling ram toast of Beltex sales

Beltex shearling ram Heatheryhall Campbell sold for 3,800gn.
Beltex shearling ram Heatheryhall Campbell sold for 3,800gn.

Overall averages were back just £15 compared with last year’s trade at the Beltex Scotland show and sale at Lanark, but for 40 fewer sold, with 199 selling to average £611.16.

The shearling rams produced the majority of the four-figure prices, with the pre-sale champion leading the way at 3,800gn.

That was Heatheryhall Campbell, from Tommy and Allan Taylor’s flock at Pettinain, Lanark.

This one is a son of the 10,000gn Quarrymount William Wallace, out of a home-bred ewe by Tacherhill Regal.

He sold in a two-way split to the Mair family’s Aviemore flock at Muirfield near Turriff, and the Buckles of Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria.

Next best in the shearlings was a 2,100gn bid for Tiree Chip, from Alasdair MacLean of Heylipol on the Isle of Tiree.

Tiree Chip sold for 2,100gn

Sired by the 13,000gn Callacrag Wise Crack and out of a daughter of Beechtree Maxi Muscle, he sold in a three-way split.

The buyers were: Andrew Baillie, Carstairs Mains, Lanark; Michael Russell’s Lamington flock at Biggar; and Kenny O’Connor, Carstairs, Lanark.

Neil Harvey, Blackadder Mains, Duns, received 1,700gn for his best shearling.

This was Blackadder Coby, a son of The Bare Boy and out of an Artnagullion-bred ewe, which sold to Ian Knight, Seascale, Cumbria.

The Mairs enjoyed a steady trade for their Aviemore shearlings.

They sold to a top of 1,550gn for Aviemore Carru On 3, a son of Airyolland Wee Jimmy, which was knocked down to Colin Little, East Bracklinn, Callander.

Another by the same sire, Aviemore Couples 2, sold at 1,350gn to J Halliday, Linhead, Lockerbie.

At 1,450gn, Raymond Flaws, Nisthouse, Orkney, sold Woodwick Cognac, a shearling son of Airyolland Wee Jimmy, to Clark Stewart, Kininmonth, Cupar.

Ian Wainwright, Todhall, Cupar, sold shearlings to 1,300gn, with Todhall Cole, by Woodies Bad Boy, going to Messrs Miller, Haquoy, Orkney.

Meanwhile, ram lambs peaked at 1,800gn for Ivanhoe Dynamo, an Aviemore Bookem son from James Bailey, Wyvill Grange, Bedale, North Yorkshire.

Out of an imported dam, Van’t Hoveke, this one sold to Stewart Wood, Woolhillock, Skene.

The reserve champion, Matt’s Deluxe, a ram lamb from Matthew Burleigh, Cornacrea, Kinawley, Co Fermanagh, sold at 1,700gn to Ann Moss, Ewebank, Castle Douglas.

He is by Hackney Corker and out of a home-bred ewe by Hackney Warrior.

The sale averages were: 142 shearling rams, £621.20; 36 ram lambs, £611.04; 18 gimmers, £590.33; three ewe lambs, £262.50.

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