14th October 2017
STIRLING RAM SALE 2017
Averages: 595 shearling rams, £685 (-£63 for 17 more sold); 126 ram lambs, £668 (-£201 for 24 fewer sold).
Trade exceeded sellers expectations at United Auctions sale of Blackface rams at Stirling on Saturday, with more shearlings sold on the year, and prices peaking at £7000 twice.
First to make that money was a shearling ram from Billy and Andrew Renwick, Blackhouse, Yarrow, a son of the £24,000 Allanfauld Hulk. Out of a ewe by a home-bred son of a £24,000 Midlock, he sold to Tom and Mairi Paterson, Dunruchan and Craigneich, Crieff.
Matching that £7000 price tag, later in the sale, was the best from Willie and Billy Graham, Craigdarroch, Sanquhar. This shearling son of a £3600 Burnhead, out of a ewe by £17,000 Midlock, sold to Malcolm Coubrough, Whelphill, Biggar.
Not far behind, Tommy Renwick sold to a top of £6000 from his Williamhope consignment, based at Covenford, Galashiels. Another by the £24,000 Allanfauld, out of a ewe by a £13,000 Blackhouse, this one sold to Peter Junor, Ballaggan, Dores, Inverness.
The Dunlop familys Elmscleugh shearlings from Dunbar, met a steady trade, selling to £3800 for one by a son of a £24,000 Dalchirla, out of a ewe by a £16,000 Crossflatt. He went to the Woods Kingledores flock at Biggar.
Another sold at £3500, a son of an £11,000 Elmscleugh, which went to JB Pate and Sons, Toxside Farm, Gorebridge. And, at £3200, they sold a son of an £8000 Elmscleugh, to J Scott, Garchew, Bargrennan, Newton Stewart.
Best for Alan Smiths Crosswoodburn pen, from West Calder, was £3500, for one by an £1800 Blackhouse sire, out of a ewe by a home-bred son of a £2200 Crosswoodburn, which went to A MacDonald, Ess and Dalbuiack, Carr Bridge, Inverness.
Una Hodge sold a shearling at £3200 from her Kirkland flock at Kirkconnel, Sanquhar. A son of a £10,000 Allanfauld, he was knocked down to Glenrinnes Farms, Dufftown, Banffshire.
The Kirkstead consignment, from Alan McClymont, Yarrow, peaked at £3000 twice, with the first, a son of a £6500 Dunruchan, selling to A and J MacPherson, Abersky, Dores, Inverness. The other, by an £11,000 Happrew, was knocked down to K Menzies, Corrylorn, Kilninver, Oban.
And, having sold well in the North-type ring with his Achdregnie pen, Stephen Duncan sold his South-type shearlings to a top of £3000. A son of an £1800 Mitchellhill, that one went to WG MacPherson, Blackford, Croy, Inverness.
In the lamb ring, one from Paul Coulsons High Staward flock, at Hexham, secured the joint top price of £5500. Sired by the £50,000 Crossflatt, out of a ewe by a £7000 Crossflatt, he sold to Tom Bagan, Waterlands, Fenwick.
At the same money, the Dunlops sold one of their Elmscleugh lambs by a £10,000 Auldhouseburn, out of a daughter of a £10,000 Elmscleugh to Archie and John MacGregor, Allanfauld, Kilsyth.
Another from Elmscleugh made £3500 a son of a £2100 Loughash, out of a £5000 Hartside-sired dam which sold to Messrs Mills, Northern Ireland.
At £4000, Hugh and Alan Blackwood, sold the pen number one from their Auldhouseburn consignment, to Sam Wallace, Shilnavogie, Co Antrim. He is by the £85,000 Elmscleugh, out of a daughter of a £25,000 Auldhouseburn.
John Murrays Crossflatt lambs, from Muirkirk, sold to £3600, for a son of the £52,000 Crossflatt, which sold to Ian and David MacArthur, Arnicle and Richard Nixon, Marbrack, Carsphairn.
Top for the Lephinchapel pen, from Donald McVicar, Strathlachlan, Strachur, was £3200, for a lamb by the £10,000 Arnicle, out of a ewe by a £6500 Nunnerie, which sold to the MacArthurs Nunnerie flock at Elvanfoot, Biggar.
And, best for Craig Pattersons Aberuchill consignment, from Comrie, was a £2800 bid for a £50,000 Crossflatt son, which went to the Maxwells at Jaw Farm, Fintry.