A Texel shearling led the day’s trade at the Kelso Ram Sales, with one from Karen and Allan Wight, Midlock, Crawford, selling at £23,000 – one of the best prices ever recorded at the event.
More Texels were sold than any other breed, on a day where a total of 4452 rams met an 82% clearance rate.
Making the big money for Midlock was a shearling ram by a home-bred son of the 18,000gns Sportsmans Unbeatable, out of a ewe by Douganhill Monarch. A second prize winner at the Scottish Texel Club show in July, he sold in a three-way split, to John Elliot, Roxburgh Mains, Kelso, Jonathan Watson, Bowsden Moor, Berwick Upon Tweed, and Mike, Melanie and Charlotte Alford, Foxhill Farm, Cullompton, Devon.
The Wights also received £5000, for a son of the 19,000gns Deveronvale Warrior, out of a ewe by Teiglum Thunder. He went to Brian McAllister, Parkgate Road, Kells, Ballymena.
The Campbell family, Rosebrough, Chathill, Alnwick, earned a top of £9000 – their best price in 39 years selling at Kelso – for one from their Thrunton pen. Sired by Forkins Viagra and out of a ewe by the £10,000 Scrogtonhead Powerhouse, this one was knocked down to Jeff Aiken, for the Procters flock at Tatham Hall, Lancaster.
Matching that price, later in the sale, Steven Renwick, Glenrath, Peebles, sold to a top of £9000 from his Craig Douglas consignment. His son of Haddo Whisky Galore, out of a ewe by Sportsmans Unbeatable, sold to A E Williams and Son, Folley Bank, Clun.
Also from the Craig Douglas pen were shearlings at £4800 and £4200, both by Haddo Whisky Galore, which sold to I H G Warden, Skelfhill, Hawick, and John Connell, Wanton Walls, respectively.
Making his best Kelso price, Iain Minto, Townhead, Dolphinton, sold to £8000 for his pen number one, a shearling son of the Kelso-bought Scrogton Vulcan, out of a ewe by a Bridgehouse sire. He went in a two-way split, to Prof Penny, Harehead, Cranshaws, Duns, and Neil Harvey, Blackadder Mains, Duns.
Then selling at £7000 was the best from Jonathan Watson, Bowsden Moor, the show champion in Ring 5, by Haymount Vava Voom. He sold up north to John Scott, Fearn Farm, Tain, Easter Ross.
Mr Watson also received £5800 for a Brackenridge Strongbow-sired shearling, which went to the Quick family’s Loosebeare flock and Jim and Nicola Hartwright’s Whitehart flock at Bringsty, Worcestershire.
Meanwhile, in the same ring, the Quick family, Loosebeare, Crediton, Devon, sold to £6500, to A E Bell and Son, Kirkton, Hawick. He is by the homebred Loosebeare Voomer, out of a daughter of Loosebeare Romeo.
The Dunlop family’s Elmscleugh pen from Innerwick, Dunbar, peaked at £6000, for a son of the £8000 Milnbank Wisconsin, out of a ewe by Tullagh Saracen, which was knocked down to Peter and Lynn Gray, Cowgrove, Galston.
Top price from Robert Laird’s Camberwell flock, Biggar, was £5800 for a Cambwell Trademark son, out of a ewe by Drinkstone Punt Gun, which sold to Will Case, for his Nab Point flock at Ulverston, Cumbria.
Making the same money was one from Neil Harvey’s Blackadder pen, a Hartside Utopia son, out of a Brookhill Pacemaker daughter, which was knocked down to J M Carlile, Fowrass Farm, Penrith.
John Green, The Craggs, Melrose, enjoyed a steady trade for his Greenall rams, selling to £5000 for one by Roxburgh Shotgun Willie, out of a Llyfni Usain Bolt-sired dam, which sold to Esmor Evans’ Maerdy flock in Wales. Another by the same sire, out of a Teiglum Utah-sired ewe, sold at £4400 to J Clark, Brinkburn, Morpeth. They had stood first and second in the shearling class at the Border Union Show in July.
Best for Gordon and David Gray, Ettrick, Selkirk, was £4800, which they got for their first prize winner in the recorded performance show, a son of Ellen Valley Warlord, out of a Garngour Ultimatum dam, selling to M Barnett, Gilside Farm.
The Clark family’s Garngour consignment topped at £4500, for one by Mossvale Winston, which sold to the Sutherlands at Stainland and Sibmister Farms, Thurso. That one’s dam is by Springwell Ulsterboy.
Haymount’s consignment peaked at £4200, with a shearling son of Dundas Victorious, selling to Ian Murray’s Glenway flock.
Best in the lambs was £4400, for one from Allan Campbell, Strawfrank, Carstairs, a son of the 7500gns Ballynahone Yorkie, out of a ewe by Tima Valentino, which was knocked down to Russell and Gill Watkins’ Millend flock, Herefordshire.
Second top for Strawfrank’s pen of lambs was a £3800 bid for another by the Ballynahone sire, which sold jointly to the Procters and Arkle flocks.
Robbie Wilson, North Dorlaithers, Turriff, sold a lamb at £4000, to Danny Devlin, Quarryhill, Donegal. He is a Strathbogie Yes Sir son, out of a ewe by Strathbogie Untouchable.
Averages: 857 registered shearling rams, £916.43 (+£37.99 on the year); 145 registered ram lambs, £568.62.
Leading flock averages: Craig Douglas (8 sh) £2927.50, Midlock (17 sh) £2423.53, Loosebeare (10 sh) £2140, Garngour (5 sh) £2010, Townhead (11 sh) £1684.55, Cambwell (10 sh) £1670, Elmscleugh (10 sh) £1670, Ettrick (17 sh) £1641, Greenall (14 sh) £1549.29, Strawfrank (17 lambs) £1497.06, Brijon (34 sh) £1338.24, Langside (24 sh) £1205.42, Blackadder (21 sh) £1119.05, Haymount (29 sh) £1107.93, Roxburgh (25 sh) £1094, Thrunton (18 sh) £1083.33, Mitchellhill (5 sh) £1060, Douganhill (14 sh) £1039.29, Auchry (9 sh) £1030.