25th February 2017
BLACKFACE SHEEP BREEDERS ASSOCIATION
Annual Show and Sale of Blackface in lamb females.
Averages: Overall, 80 BF females, £1569.05 (+£215.01for 12 more sold).
42 gimmers, £1350 (+£153.50 for the same amount sold); 33 ewes, £1752.866 (+£392.30 for 7 more). 3 embryos, £1400 (-£962 for 1 more). 5 ewe hoggs £1008.
Auctioneers;- Lawrie & Symington
The annual show and sale of Blackface females at Lanark on Saturday 25th February 2017 proved more popular than ever, with 43 selling for 1000gns or more and 17 more were sold on the year to a top price of 7200gns.
Making that money was a gimmer, who stood fourth in the pre-sale show, from David Morrison, Dalwyne Farm, Barr. She was sired by Blackleg, out of a Buffalo dam and carrying a single to £52,000 Crossflatt and went to Hugh and Alan Blackwood, Auldhouseburn, Muirkirk. Dalwyne also sold a one crop ewe, a daughter of Buffalo and out of a ewe by £9000 Dachirla. Due with a single to £52,000 Crossflatt, she sold to Alwyn McFarlane from Dungiven, Northern Ireland for 3600gns.
Second top, at 5800gns, was a gimmer from Auldhouseburn, unshown in the pre -sale show, this daughter of £90,000 Blackhouse, out of a ewe by a £65,000 Auldhouseburn, is due with twins to the £160,000 Dalchirla sire. She was knocked down to the judge Paul Coulson, High Staward, Langley.
Auldhouseburn also sold another gimmer sired by £90,000 Blackhouse, this time out of a £26,000 Crossflatt ewe, carrying twins by £100,000 Elmscleugh, she was sold at 3200gns to Charlie Gallacher, Ballybofey, Ireland.
Alastair MacArthur from Nunnerie sold a gimmer at the next best price of 5200gns. This daughter of £14,000 Dyke and out of a £22,000 Nunnerie ewe is in lamb with twins to Wisecrack and was sold in a two way split to David Murray, Lurgan, Aberfeldy and Craig Gammage, Mid Stonebyres, Lanark.
Two females sold for 5000gns, the first from Malcolm Coubrough, Whelphill, Lamington. This three crop ewe, sired by £19,000 Elmscleugh and out of a ewe by £4000 Auldhouseburn, was champion at Biggar Show in 2016. She is carrying twins to £8000 Loughash and was sold to Conway Brothers from Plumbridge, Northern Ireland. The other 5000gns female was a gimmer from John Murray, Crossflatt, Muirkirk, which was reserve champion earlier in the day. This daughter of £90,000 Blackhouse out of a £26,000 Crossflatt ewe, carrying twins to Tornado went to Mr Fraser, Balgowan Farm, Laggan.
John and Charlie Harkin from Loughash, Co Tyrone sold the next two top prices. 4600gns was paid by Veronica Fullerton, Draperstown for a one crop ewe sired by £24,000 Elmscleugh, out of a £22,000 Emlscleugh dam, she is due twins to £20,000 Auldhouseburn. Loughash also sold another one crop ewe by the same sire, this time out of a Highland Storm dam, for 4200gns. She is in lamb carrying triplets to £14,000 High Staward and was sold to D Harrison, Annalong, NI.
Jimmy and Donald MacGregor from Dyke Farm, Milton of Campsie, selling at the sale for the second time, sold a 1 crop ewe to Sam Wallace, Broughsahne, NI for 3500gns. This daughter of £24,000 Elmscleugh and a Son of Travis dam is carrying a single to son of £15,000 Midlock. The next in the ring from Dyke, another 1 crop ewe, this time sired by £25,000 Crossflatt and also out of a son of Travis dam, in lamb to £22,000 Dalwyne. She sold to John McCurdy, Broughshane, NI for 3000gns.
The pre show Champion from Ewen MacMillan, Lurg, Fintry, a ewe by £12,000 Crossflatt and out of a £3000 Crossflatt dam sold for 3200gns. She is carrying twins to £28,000 Auldhouseburn and went to J & O Brannigan from Glenbeg, Dungannon.
Archie and John MacGregor, Allanfauld, Kilsyth sold a 1 crop ewe for 3000gns to Neil & Eilidh Campbell, Succouth, Killin. She was sired by £25,000 Crossflatt, out of a Tenacious D dam and is carrying twins to £35,000 Dalchirla.
Ewe hoggs were offered for sale for the first time and the top price went to Angus Kennedy, Mitchellhill, Broughton when he sold a daughter of £30,000 Auldhouseburn for 2200gns to Elliot Bowman, Islay.
Other leading prices:
Crossflatt 2600gns to A MacGregor, Allanfauld
Dalblair 2000gns to G Watson, Straiton
Glenrath 2000gns to Charlie Gallacher, Donegal
Lurg 2700gns to R Munro, Isle of Mull
Upper Cleugh 2700gns to Sean McCrystal, Drummuck
Harestane 2600gns to A MacArthur, Nunnerie
Dyke 2200gns to J Cullens, Dollarbank
Loughash 2000gns to Charlie Gallacher, Donegal
Crossflatt 2000gns to D McSwiggan, Gortin
Mitchelhill 2200gns to Elliot Bowman, Islay
Troloss (2) 680gns to C Breslin, Donegal
Dalwyne 2000gns to J & J Murray, Crossflatt.
Show results (Judge: Paul Coulson, High Staward,).
Champion Ewen MacMillan, Lurg Farm, Fintry with a ewe by £12,000 Crossflatt and out of a £3000 Crossflatt dam sold for 3200gns to J & O Brannigan, Glenbeg.
Reserve J Murray, Crossflatt, Muirkirk, with a gimmer sired by £90,000 Blackhouse. Sold for 5000gns to Mr Fraser, Balgowan, Laggan.
Ewes 1st E MacMillan, Lurg, 2nd J Harkin, Loughash, 3rd J MacGregor, Dyke, 4th J Murray, Crossflatt, 5th E Macmillan, Lurg.
Gimmer 1st J Murray, Crossflatt, 2nd R Cockburn, Hillof Errol, 3rd E & K Blackwood, Dalblair, 4th D Morrison, Dalwyne, 5th T Renwick & Sons, Blackhouse.