Averages rocketed for all classes and were up £108.42 for eleven more rams sold at Lockerbie’s North Country Cheviot sale last Wednesday (13 September), as trade hit £5,000, £4,500 and £4,000.
The Synton flock of G Davies, Ashkirk, Selkirk, topped the park-type sale at £5,000 and £4,500, peaking with Hownam Grange Send Off son Synton 6686, which was knocked down to the Philiphaugh flock.
A Synton Toronto son was bought by J Runciman’s Allanshaws flock for £4,500, followed by the day’s champion Allanshaws Nutmeg and Overacres Van Nistelroy both hitting £4,000.
First at this money was the champion Nutmeg from WD Allen, Humbleheugh, which caught the eye of Mr Watmore, Northumberland.
Matching this was a ram Van Nistelroy from PW Hedley’s Overacres flock. He is by Hownam Grange Peter Pan and was sold to G Davies, Synton.
Two lots then made £2,800, including a second-placed tup from D Matthewson’s Soutra flock, which knocked down to Lancashire buyer Mr Westalls. He is by Synton Rory Mc.
Matching this was Synton Vagabond who was sold to an Irish half-share between the Kilvaddy flock of a McNeill and the Glen flock of D Robinson. This one is by Allansahws Special Blend.
Auctioneer Michael Stewart said the great trade was supported by buyers from Dorset, Devon and Shetland and a growing number of people after tight-skinned lambs.
“There’s been a big influx of people wanting to breed lambs with good skin and these Cheviots can be worth a pound or two more even as stores because of their tight skins,” he told Farmers Weekly.
Thurso hits £5,000
A shearling by Oldfield Sunrise topped a cracking trade at the Thurso sail at Caithness Livestock Centre last Friday (15 September) as a slightly smaller entry averaged higher, seeing 63 rams at £798.17.
It was a great day for the Sebay flock of JS Baillie and Co, as Sebay Vermount made £5,000 after claiming the championship and was knocked down in a two-way share between DN Campbell, Bardnaclavan, and J&J Smith, Upper Cornquoy.
Next at £4,000 was another Sebay tup by the same sire, this time Sebay Vampire. He knocked down to DJ Allan, Durran Mains.
Averages: Lockerbie: 175 rams (+11), £985.31 (+£108.42); 304 ewes (+122), £137.70 (+£31.11); 567 gimmers (+80), £206 (+£16); 314 ewe lambs (+107), £138.46 (+£22). Thurso: 63 rams (-2), £789.17 (+£84.81); 9 gimmers (-1), £461.11 (+£61.11) (Harrison & Hetherington) (Aberdeen and Northern Marts)