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Perth Ram Society Sale 2017
14th October 2017

Perth Ram Society Sale 14th October 2017

Calla lamb leads North-type sale at £18,000
Averages: 145 shearling rams, £920 (+£169 for 25 fewer sold); 44 ram lambs, £941 (+£227 for four fewer sold).
Averages rose significantly on the year, albeit for 29 fewer sheep sold, at United Auctions sale of North-type Blackies at Stirling on Saturday, where trade peaked at £18,000.
Hitting the top spot was a ram lamb from the Baillie familys Calla flock at Carnwath, near Lanark. A son of the champion lamb from Ballymena last year, which the Baillies bought from Paul McEvoy for 8000gns, this one is out of a home-bred ewe by a Glendamph sire  one of 200 North ewes, which run in the 1000-strong flock. He was knocked down to Stephen Duncan, for the Achdregnie flock at Glenlivet, Ballindalloch.
Also from the Calla flock, at £3000, was a lamb by an £8000 Eastmill sire, which sold to Northern Ireland buyer M McAleer, Pomeroy, Dungannon.
Matching that £3000 bid in the lambs was the pre-sale show champion from Matthew Hamilton, Woolfords, Cobbinshaw, West Calder. Sired by a 6500gns Harkin ram, he sold to D Beaton, Newmill of Inshewan, Memus, Forfar.
The Shearer family, from Hillhead of Morinsh, Glenlivet, received a top of £2800 for their lamb consignment. That one, by a 1000gns Mark Conway-bred ram, sold to the Smiths Haughton flock at Glenkindie.
In the shearling ring, Stephen Duncan and his father, Stephen, who run 700 ewes and 50 cows at Achdregnie, Glenlivet, had a memorable day, selling rams two rams at five-figures, up to £11,000. Making that money was a son of a tup bought for 4400gns from Tom Adams, out of a ewe by a £950 Martin Conway-bred tup. He was knocked down, in a three-way split, to Co Donegal buyers Messrs Breslin, Cronkeerin, Ardara; Messrs Cannon, Crove, Carrick, and Messrs Mackey, Rosemount, Belville, Dunkineely.
A full brother to that one sold at £7000, to the Shearers at Hillhead of Morinsh, Glenlivet, and Messrs Mackintosh, Tombreackachie, also Glenlivet.
Another from Achdregnie sold at £10,500, to joint buyers Matthew Hamilton, Woolfords, and the Breslins, Cronkeerin, Ardara, Co Donegal. He is by a home-bred son of a £5000 tup that they sold last year, out of a ewe by a £1600 Glenhead sire.
The pen number one from Achdregnie sold at £3000, to the Stewarts at Bomakelloch, Drummuir, Keith. That one is by a £6500 Newmill, out of a ewe by an £1800 Craigneich ram.
Not far behind, another from the same pen sold at £2800, to Woolfords. He is by the 4400gns Tom Adams-bred ram.
Best for Sandy and Steven Smiths Haughton flock from Glenkindie, Alford, was a £6500 bid for their reserve champion, a shearling son of an 8500gns Mark Smyth-bred tup. Out of a ewe by a £3200 Hillhead of Morinsh sire, he sold to the Calla flock.
Tom and Mairi Paterson had a steady trade for shearlings from their Crieff-based Dunruchan flock. Leading the pen, at £4500, was a son of a home-bred Craigneich tup that was sold at Stirling last year for £7000. Second prize shearling at the show, he sold to the judge, Brendan Robinson, Lower Tawney, Letterkenny, Co Donegal.
At £4200 from Craigneich, a son of a £3800 Achdregnie, sold to Archie MacKinnon, for Cadogan Estates Auchnacloich flock at Dunkeld, while another by the £7000 Craigneich tup, made £3000, to Stephen Duncan, Achdregnie.

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