Ram lamb averages increased by £133 on the year, for 20 more sold, at the Scottish Texel Club’s sale at Lanark, where trade peaked at 5200gns.
Achieving that top price was Scott Michie, who works for the Howies at West Knock Farm, Stuartfield, Peterhead. He successfully flushed his only ewe last year, producing, among others, his three Lanark entries – Scotsman Avicii, Scotsman Apollo and Scotsman Ace.
AI sons of the £60,000 Strathbogie Terminator, out of an Oberstown Usain Bolt daughter, they sold at 5200gns, 4500gns and 3200gns, all heading across the water to Northern Ireland. Avicii and Ace both sold to the same consortium, including Paul O’Connor, Drumgooland; Alistair Gault, Forkins; Roger Strawbridge, Tamnamoney and Sam McAuley, Whitepark, whilst Apollo was knocked down to Stewart Ferris, Dromore, Co Down.
Hitting the day’s second top price of 4600gns, was Ettrick Above And Beyond, from Gordon and David Gray’s Selkirk-based flock. A son of the 60,000gns Clinterty Yuga Khan, out of a ewe by Knock Topaz, his full brother stood champion at the Carlisle sale earlier this month, and sold for 6000gns. This one sold in a two-way split to Iain Minto, Townhead, Dolphinton, and Meikle Jackson, Wolfclyde, Biggar.
The Clark family’s Garngour consignment, from Lesmahagow, topped at 2600gns, with Garngour Alladin selling to Cameron Gauld, Cairnam, Auchterarder. A Halbeath VIP son, he is out of a ewe by the home-bred Teiglum Windfall.
Garngour Ambitious, another by the same sire, and out of a ewe by the 38,000gns Castlecairn Vavavoom, sold at 2100gns, to Willie Shaw, West Lethans Farm, Saline, Fife, while the Knock Yardsman-sired Garngour Alexander reached 1700gns, selling to Angus McColm’s Crailloch flock at Newton Stewart.
Best for David Preacher, Holylee, Walkerburn, was a 2500gns bid for Holylee Anchor Man, a full brother to the 9000gns champion at the first Lanark sale, in August. This Millar’s Windbrook son, out of a ewe by Llangwm Rocky, sold to the Leggates at Silverrig, Chapelton.
Robbie Wilson, North Dorlaithers, Turriff, achieved a top of 1700gns, for Milnbank Ally-cat, a Strathbogie Yes Sir son which sold to N Myles, Ballyshannon, Co Donegal.
Meanwhile, Graham Morrison’s Deveronvale lambs, from Cornhill, Banff, sold to 1500gns, for another Strathbogie Yes Sir son, Deveronvale Areo, which went to Richard Currie’s Tullagh flock at Ballymena.
Averages: 23 shearling rams, £495.78; 156 ram lambs, £634.17; 13 gimmers, £530.65 (Lawrie and Symington).