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Kelso Ram Sale – 2011

Kelso Ram Sale

Courtesy of Lynsey Clark – Scottish Farmer

Once again Texels produced the top sale price, at £15,000 and an increased breed average, with 1233 registered shearlings and ram lambs levelling at £695.36 – up by £25 a head on the year, albeit for 40 fewer sold.

Demand was high for quality tups but, as always, buyers were reluctant to fork out for the poorer lots. “The difference in price between good rams and the also-rans was massive this year,” pointed out Lawrie and Symington auctioneer, Brian Ross. “Buyers were willing to pay plenty for good sheep, but there wasn’t much of a market for the lower end ones.”

Grey Peel Rambo HMF 1000004
Grey Peel Rambo HMF 1000004 from Messrs MS & C Hardy-Bishop, was sold for £15,000 in ring no 7 by Lawrie & Symington

One from the top end was the best from Maurice Hardy-Bishop, Grey Peel, Lintalee Estate, Jedburgh. This was the champion from the performance recorded show, which went on to sell for a breed centre record of £15,000, to a trio of buyers – Bruce Goldie, Townfoot, Mouswald; Jonathan Watson, of Redhead and Watson, Bowsden Moor, Berwick-upon-Tweed; and Ted Fox, Elsdonburn, Kirknewton, Wooler.

Eclipsing the flock’s previous top price at Kelso of £1100, this shearling, named Grey Peel Rambo, is by Drinkstone Oh So Smart, while the dam is a Cambwell ewe by Cambwell Laird, which Mr Hardy-Bishop bought at the Select Seven sale for 2000gns, then sold her at his reduction sale in January for 4400gns. The tup boasts an index of 355, placing him in the top 1% of the breed.
“I am a big believer in performance recording and it has been my aim for the past 14 years to produce animals with good figures that look the part too,” explained Mr Hardy-Bishop, who held his reduction sale earlier this year due to ill health, and now keeps 54 Texel females, with the help of shepherd, Alistair McFadzen.

Rambo’s full brother, which had stood fourth at the Great Yorkshire and second at the Border Union Show, next made £3000, selling to B and K Warf, Windyside, Morpeth. Recouping his spend on the sale topper, Jonathan Watson enjoyed a strong trade for shearlings from the Bowsden Moor flock.

Redhead & Watson – BRIJON – sold for £7,600
Redhead & Watson – BRIJON – sold for £7,600

Best of the bunch, at £7600, was one of the first sons to be sold of College Oz, a tup bought at Kelso two years ago. Out of a ewe by the past Carlisle champion, Castlecairn Karma Man, this one sold to the underbidder of the Grey Peel tup, John Elliot, Roxburgh Mains, Kelso.

Another from Bowsden Moor, by Loosebeare Oh Ewe Star, made £3350 to S and A Taylor, Dearne House, Huddersfield.

One pen which always attracts plenty attention is Langside’s consignment, and this year proved no different, with the Gray family – Alex and Grace, their son Russell and his new wife Margaret – receiving an average of £1685 for 20 shearlings. Securing the flock’s best ever Texel price, two tups reached £7000 a head, both sons of the 2300gns Rascarrel Panther.

Gordon Gray – ETTRICK – sold for £7,000  
Gordon Gray – ETTRICK – sold for £7,000

The first, out of a Claybury Midlander daughter, sold to Dougie Fleming, Nisbet Cottage, Coulter, while the other, out of a Loosebeare Hero-sired dam, sold to commercial sheep producer Paul Slater, Whiteley Hay Farm, Butley, Cheshire.

Gordon Gray – ETTRICK – sold for £7,000  
Gordon Gray – ETTRICK – sold for £7,000

At £4500, Langside also sold a son of the 4500gns Northern Ireland purchase, Springwell Opinion, out of a Claybury Midlander dam – one of 70 ewes in the flock – to Neil Crighton, Loanend, Berwick-upon-Tweed.

Late in the day, Robin Bell, Charlesfield, Kelso, also enjoyed his best ever Kelso trade, selling shearlings at £3800 and £2600 from his 14-ewe Teviot flock. Dearest was a son of Mitchellhill Paparazzi, out of a ewe by Wedderlie Leo, also to Mr Crighton’s Tweed flock.

Selling for £3200 was the reserve inter-breed champion from Dalkeith Show, from Angus Kennedy and son Angus, Mitchellhill, Broughton, Biggar. Sired by the previous record Texel at Kelso, the £12,000 Scrogtonhead Oor Wullie, and out of a Sportsman’s ewe by Castlecairn Mohen, he went to the breeders of the sire, the Grays at Cowgrove, Galston.

For the same money, Gordon and David Gray, Sunnycroft, Lindean, Selkirk, sold their best, a Knock Papoose son, out of a dam by Lyonshall Lucky Strike, to A and D Proctor, Swarland Old Hall, Felton, Morpeth.

From the same consignment, the Grays also sold the two-shear tup, Mitchellhill Paparazzi, for £3000, to W and CS Robb, Chalmerston, Mauchline, and Jim Logan, Pirntaton, Galashiels. A Baltier Nailer son, out of a Teiglum ewe, Paparazzi stood reserve male at the Great Yorkshire Show.

Another from the same lot – a Clynogg Joe Tex son, out of a Knock Firefly dam – sold at £2800, to Kevin and Rachel Buckle, Buckles Farm, Kirkby Stephen. He is a full brother to an Ettrick gimmer sold for for 7500gns at the Select Seven sale.

Sporting an index of 458, Drinkstone Rocket Gun, from Arnold and John Park, Drinkstone, Hawick, sold at £3000 to Aberystwyth University in Wales. He is by Drinkstone Punt Gun. Also at £3000 was one from James Orr, Wester Walston, Carnwath, a Mosside Motivator son, out of a Boghouse gimmer, purchased by Steven Renwick, Craig Douglas, Yarrow.

Matching the £3000 bid was a shearling from John and Richard Wood, Kingledores, Broughton, which sold to TA Woodcock and Sons, Hagg, Cornhill on Tweed. A son of the 9000gns Sheoch Perfection, he is out of a ewe by Cambwell Impeccable.

Best for Peter and Lynn Gray, Cowgrove, Galston – who averaged £874 for 40 lots – was a £2700 bid from Paul Slater, for a son of Castlecairn Photocall, out of a home-bred dam by Clinterty McCallum.

In the cross ring, Alister and Liz Vance, Bridgehouse, Newton Stewart, sold a pure Texel shearling, by Craighead Masterpiece and out of a Meiklefield ewe bought from Richard Close, for £2600. He sold to Jim Gibb, Toftcombs, Biggar, while Hugh Frame, Thinacres, Quarter, Hamilton, also collected £2600 for his best, which sold to Orkney buyer CW Paterson, Veltigar, Tankerness.

Top priced lamb was a Glenside Razzle Dazzle son, out of an Ettrick No Limits-sired ewe which stood first at the Highland in 2009, from Robbie Wilson, North Dorlaithers, Turriff. He sold to J Milton, Tullochallum, Dufftown, Keith.

Leading Prices:
Shearling rams
£2500 – J and E Logan, Pirntaton, by Haltcliffe Nectar, to A Nicholson, Kinclaven, Stanley.
£2300 – JW Gibb, Toftcombs, by a Swaites sire, to M Jackson, Wolfclyde, Biggar, and T Cockburn, Kingside, West Linton.
£2200 – Mrs K Wight, Midlock, by Midlock Odds on Favourite, to E Fairburn and Sons, Marriforth, Ripon; J Currie and Son, Carlinside, by Forkins Premium, to J Woodburn, Hass Grove, Lockerbie; Redhead and Watson, Bowsden Moor, by Croft Lexus, to KA and DE Millar, Crookholm, Canonbie.
£2000 – Mrs L Gray, Scrogtonhead, by Douganhill Monarch, to RW Almond, Irton House, Cumbria; Redhead and Watson, Bowsden Moor, by Loosebeare Oh Yes, to R Blythe, Hirstonhill, Wishaw.
£1900 – Mrs L Gray, Scrogtonhead, to GH Stirling, Bow, Galashiels; J and E Logan, Pirntaton, to JP Gray, Unthank, Alnwick; Redhead and Watson, Bowsden Moor, by Loosebeare Oh Ewe Star, to P Weaver, Little Manor, Newark.
£1800 – I Minto, Townhead, by Garngour Nacho Novo, to J More, Townhead, Arnprior; J and E Logan, Pirntaton, to JT and JM Hall, Wellhouse, Morpeth; J Elliot, Roxburgh, to BW and DJ Glaves and Sons, North Yorkshire; J Elliot, Roxburgh, to H Annett and Sons, Woodrington, Morpeth.

Ram lambs – £2200 – R Wilson, North Dorlaithers, by Glenside Razzle Dazzle, to JP Gray, Unthank, Alnwick.

Averages: 1144 registered shearling rams, £717.11 (+£30.67 for 42 fewer sold); 89 registered ram lambs, £436.25 (-£11.89 for three more sold); 269 unregistered shearling rams, £592.97 (+£6.30 for 58 fewer sold).

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