Kelso Ram Sale
Top String Texel Shearlings in Demand as Trade Peaks at £7000
Overall average for Registered Texels at the 2013 Kelso ram sale were up on the year by £8.23 for Shearling rams and £77.72 for Ram Lambs.
£733.08 for 1055 Shearling Rams
£458.57 for 98 Ram lambs.
It was of course the leading pedigree quality tups which lead the prices, but commercial buyers were equally as prepared to dig deep for the best tups on offer.
Kelso Highest price – FXB1200216 – Burnhead – D Fleming
Heading the prices was a shearling ram from Dougie Fleming’s Burnhead flock. His sale leader was FXB1200216, a Langside Ranger son out of a Sheeoch Perfection sired dam which sold to Messrs Procter, Swarland.
Once again the Langside pen of Alex and Russell Gray enjoyed a strong trade and were well sought after, selling to a high of £6500. Pen leader for them was GAL1200716, he is a son of Brackenridge Strongbow and out of a dam by Claybury Midlander. He sold to John Mellin, Hullhouse with an index of 296, firmly in the top 10% of the breed, with a top 5% muscle figure too.
Another of the noted Kelso shearling producers, Karen Wight’s Midlock flock then followed close behind with a top of £6400. This was paid for a Midlock Odds On Favourite son, WKM1206037, out of a Douganhill Monarch sired dam. He sold to Hugh Jackson, Wolfclyde, and Tom and Alison Cockburn, Kingside.
Back with the Gray’s Langside pen another Brackenridge Strongbow son, GAL1200638, sold for £5800 to Messrs Hartright, Hereford, he is out of a Cairness Opportunity sired dam. This one has an index of 343, including eight week and 21 week weight indices inside the top 5% of the breed and a muscle index also inside the top 10%.
Lanarkshire-based breeders the Boyd family, Cambuslang, sold a Tophill Saturn son from their Dechmont flock at £4500. This one is out of a Garngour Pioneer dam and sold in a three way split to the Wight family, Midlock, Messrs Gray, Scrogton and, Alex and Russel Gray, Langside.
Selling for the next best of £4000 was Scrogtonhead Topgun from Lynn Gray, he is by Foilview Superstar and out of a dam by Springwell Opinion, he heads to Orkney with Messrs Patterson.
And at the same money was another of the Langside pen by Brackenridge Strongbow. He is out of a Lyonshall King of Diamond’s dam and went home with Phil Weaver, Newark.
Local breeder Gordon Gray then sold a Foyleview Superstar sired shearling out of a Springwell ewe for £3800 to Messrs Campbell, Thrunton and the Arnott family, Haymount. This shearling has stood first at the Great Yorkshire, Northumberland and Stirling this year as well as reserve breed champion at Peebles Show.
Messrs Procter, Swarland, sold for £3200 for an Ettrick Romeo I son out of a dam that goes back to the 11,000gns Fawlands Jacko, he was third prize in the show and sold to James Hall, Harbottle.
Richard Wood’s Kingledores pen sold to a top of £3000 for a Foyleview Superstar son out of a Garngour bred dam, Messrs Kennedy, Mitchellhill bought this one.
Also at that money was John Park, Drinkstone, selling to the Campbell Partnership and one from Messrs MacGregor, Dyke, selling to Messrs Clark, Upper Bolton.
Top price ram lamb was £3000 for a Teiglum Tornado son, RNA 1300476, from Bruce Renwick’s Castlecairn pen, he is out of a dam by Muiresk Blondin. This one has an index of 263, placing him in the top 25% of the breed and has eight week weight and scan weight EBVs in the top 5% and top 10% respectively.
Langside sold a Brackenridge Strongbow son out of a dam by Lyonshall King of Diamonds for £2700 to Reid, Coates and Fletcher, Co. Durham.
Brian McTaggart, Douganhill Farms, sold one at £2800 to Messrs Harvey, he is by Hull House Hanky Panky and out of a dam by Hull House Ma Man, he also sold an Easterseat Seabird son for £2600 to Messrs Penny, Poolharry.
Also at £2600 was a Drinkstone Peacemaker son from John Elliot jnr, he sold to W and J Brown, New Deer.
Neil Crichton sold a Teviot Rocket son for £2600 to John Scott, Fearn, and following that at £2500 was shearling from the Wolfclyde pen, he sold to Messrs Cockburn, Kingside, then one from the Elmscleugh pen made the same money, he was Tullagh Saracen, a Kelso Picasso son out of a Gruig Outlaw sired dam.
Also at £2500 was a Livery Predator son from Langside, this one is out of a dam by Baltier Mercedes and sold Messrs Winter, Clickham.
1055 Texel shearling rams £737.08, 98 Texel ram lambs £458.57
Top Shearling pen averages;
Messrs Gray Langside, £2054 (25)
Messrs Boyd, Dechmont, £1540 (6)
Messrs Fleming, Burnhead, £1500 (9)
Messrs Dunlop, Elmscleugh, £1425 (6)
Messrs Wight, Midlock, £1345.29 (17)
Messrs MacGregor, Dyke, £1107.78 (9)
Messrs Wood, Kingledores, £1093.75 (8)
Douganhill Farms, Douganhill, £1081.82 (22)
L Gray, Scrogtonhead, £1006.90 (29)
Top ram lamb pen averages;
A Campbell, Strawfank, £853.33 (6)
Bruce Renwick, Castlecairn, £746.43 (14)
Robbie Wilson, Milnbank, £558.67 (7)
Champion Texel – GGH1202028 – Ettrick Tartan Special – Gordon Gray – Index 352
|1st & Champion||G Gray||Ettrick||6063||352|
|2nd & Reserve Champion||Bruce Goldie||Goldies||3090||314|
|3rd||A Gray & Son||Langside||3364||251|
|5th||A Gray & Son||Langside||3366||258|
|8th||J A Park||Drinkstone||3309||418|
|9th||J R MacGregor||Campsie||3497||268|