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7,000gn tops at Dark Diamonds Suffolk auction

The 5,500gn gimmer from Birness.
The 5,500gn gimmer from Birness.

Scottish breeders were out in force at the Dark Diamonds Suffolk sale in Carlisle.

Leading the sale at 7,000gn was a gimmer from Irish breeder Andrew Wilson’s Castleisle flock.

By the 2016 sire of the year Birness Murray, she sold in-lamb to twins by the 40,000gn Limestone Aston Martin to Messrs Cobbald, Acton, Sudbury.

Next best at 5,500gn was a gimmer from George and Melvin Stuart who run the Birness flock at Milltown of Birness, Ellon. Their sale leader was by the 10,000gn Redbrae Rambo, scanned in-lamb with twins to the 9,500gn Limestone Legacy. She sold to Messrs Paterson, Huntly.

Birness also sold to 2,400gn for another gimmer by Redbrae Rambo, also in-lamb with twins by Limeston Legacy. She sold to Messrs Skidmore, Billingham, Cleveland.

Other leading prices included 2,800gn for a gimmer from Fife breeder Stewart Craft’s Lakeview flock at Little Balquhormie, Leslie.

By Burnview Whirlwind, and in-lamb to a single by the 22,000gn Strathbogie Stradivarius, she sold to Messrs Priestley, Downpatrick, Northern Ireland.

Meanwhile, Graeme Christie sold to a top of 2,000gn for a gimmer from his Balquhain flock at Newton of Balquhain, Inverurie.Selling to Messrs Miskelly, Alford, was a daughter of the 5,500gn Limestone Rolo, scanned in-lamb to twins by the 6,000gn Lakeview Under the Radar.

Veteran breeder Jimmy Douglas, who runs the Cairness flock at Woodhead of Cairness, Fraserburgh, sold to a top of 1,500gn.

His sale topper, selling to the Moir family at Home Farm, Cairness, Fraserburgh, was a gimmer by the 31,000 euro Cloontagh Chieftain, in-lamb with twins by the 15,000gn Cairness Sir William.

Lastly, fellow Fraserburgh breeder John Gibb, who runs the Cairnton flock at Techmuiry, sold to a top of 1,000gn for a Cairnton Sir William daughter, in-lamb to the 5,200gn Rhaedr High Roller. She sold to Messrs Henderson, Peterhead.

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