Beltex rams met a steady trade at the Beltex Scotland show and sale at Lawrie & Symington’s Lanark Mart, with shearling averages up while gimmers were back on the year, but more sold.
Topping the trade at 3,600gn, was shearling ram Heatheryhall Deric, from Tommy and Alfie Taylor, Heatheryhall, Biggar. Sired by the 2,800gn Carlisle purchase, Skiddaw View Boggle, he sold to I Knight, Stephney Farm, Calderbridge, Seascale.
The same buyer took home the second-top seller at 3,200gns. That was Roadside Darren, another shearling by the Skiddaw View sire, from the Buntings at Balgray Gass House, Lockerbie.
Huntly breeders Ross and Kirsty Williams, Upper Tullochbeg Farm, sold to 1,800gn, for Black Jack Dangerous, a shearling son of Padkin Sugar Daddy. He sold to W Gribbon, Waterside Farm, Dumfries.
Best for Alasdair MacLean’s Tiree flock was a 1,400gn bid for shearling Tiree Dynamite, a Callacrag Wise Crack son, selling to G Cropper, Manchester Road, Ackrington, and Mrs Neachell, Shrubbery Farm, Aldridge.
Ram lambs peaked at 1,600gn from the Taylors of Heatheryhall. Leading the way was Heatheryhall Extra Special, a fourth- prize winner at the Scottish National Show at Kelso, by Aviemore Dane Hill. He went to J Forrest, Herons Point, Lanark.
At 1,200gn, young Murray Wood, Woolhillock Croft, Skene, Westhill, sold Murrays Ethan, sired by Bailey Brook, to JS Shaw, West Lethans, Dunfermline.
Jimmy Young, Muirton, Alford, received a top of 1,100gn for ram lambs, with Muirton Expression, by Bailey Brook, selling to J&G Howieson, Thorn Farm, Minehead, Somerset. Mr Young also sold gimmers to 1,100gn, with Muirton Deborah selling at that money to David Padkin, Muirhouse, Lanark.
She is another by Bailey Brook.
Topping the gimmers at 2,000gn was Aviemore Dusty Patch 3, from the Mairs of Muirfield, Cumiestown, Turriff. She is by Airyolland Avicii and sold to WD Stephen, Meikle Geddes, Nairn.
A full ET sister to that one, Airyolland Dusty Patch 6, sold at 1,100gn to Kayley Kennedy, Stonethwaight, Keswick.
The final dispersal of Donald Douglas’ Beechcross flock from Braes of Coulmore, North Kessock, Inverness, sold to 1,600gns for the breed champion from the Black Isle Show, the gimmer, Beechcross Danni. A Fingle Cobra daughter, she sold to WD Stephen, Meikle Geddes, Nairn.
Averages: aged rams, three, £367.50; shearling rams, 125, £643.94; ram lambs, 40, £535.50; aged ewes, three, £287; gimmers (including dispersal), 69, £425.93; ewe lambs, two, £640.50.