A GIMMER FROM Willie Knox’s Haddo flock at Turriff, Aberdeenshire, made 11,000gns at a draft sale of gimmers at Lanark where 120 head averaged 1019.

The sale – which also included consignments from the Rascarrel, Knock, Glenside, Muiresk and Tophill flocks – saw a better than expected trade across the full range of quality on offer.

Lawrie & Symington auctioneer Brian Ross said: “The top end sheep were as strong as ever but demand was better than we anticipated throughout the entire sale.”

The Haddo gimmer is by the 27,000gns Claybury Invader and out of an Annan Dirk ewe. She is in-lamb to the 50,000gns Craighead Hercules and heads for Coleraine with M and C Miller.

Trade quickly moved into gear with the third lot in the ring selling at 7500gns for Thomas MacTaggart, Castle Douglas. The ARR/ARH gimmer is by Muiresk Forever and was in-lamb to the 20,000gns Tophill Jewel. Buyers were Proctors Farms, Slaidburn, Lancs.

John Forsyth’s Glenside pens produced a 5000gns gimmer taken by Bruce Renwick of Kelso. She was by the 88,000gns Claybury Istabraq with a sire stack including Cutler Allers Exocet and Muiresk Blondin. The service sire was Glenside His Nibs – a 25,00gns tup in which Glenside retain a half share.

Best for Messrs Howie (Knock) was 4800gns to J Howard, Northallerton. The Mair’s Muiresk offering included sold two gimmers at 3000gns and David Houghton’s Tophill entry reached 1000gns.

Averages: Rascarrel (12) 1176; Knock (27) 637; Glenside (23) 1202; Haddo (18) 1534; Muiresk (27) 990; Tophill (13) 685.