An Auldhouseburn gimmer led trade at the Blackface Females annual show and sale at Lanark on last Saturday (28 Feb).
Prices peaked at 4,200gns for the Bolt daughter which is out of a £65,000 Auldhouseburn dam. She sold in a two-way split to Donald McVicar, Lephinchapel, Strachur, and David and Jock Jackson, Pole, Lochgoilhead, carrying twins by the £90,000 Blackhouse.
The sales saw 17 females sell for more than 2,000gns and over 51 lots average £1,644 (up £269 on the year, with only four unsold).
The 15 ewes averaged £2,317, while gimmers levelled at £1,301 for 35 sold and an embryo from Crossflatt sold for £3,570.
A four-year-old ewe from Archie and John MacGregor, Allanfauld, Kilsyth, sired by Tenacious D and carrying twins to The Beast (a son of £25,000 Crossflatt), took the championship and sold for 3,800gns to Donald Breslin, Cronkeerin, Ardara. Reserve champion went to Midlock’s gimmer, by a home-bred son of the £25,000 Nunnerie. She sold in-lamb to a home-bred son of Dalwyne, for 2,800gns to Neil and Stuart Barclay, Harestone, Banchory.
Three females made 4,000gns, the first from John and Charlie Harkin from Loughash, Strabane, was a three-year-old ewe, by The Buffalo. She was in lamb to £25,000 Nunnerie and went back across the water to Victoria Fullerton, Drumard, Northern Ireland. David Morrison from Dalwyne, Ayrshire, received 4,000gns for a daughter of the £32,000 Crossflat, which was in lamb to £50,000 Dalwyne. This one crop ewe went to John Harkin and Charlie Gallagher, Northern Ireland. The third to sell at 4,000gns was from Ewan MacMillan, Lurg Farm, Fintry. This one was a daughter of the £50,000 Pole carrying twins to £15,000 Midlock, who also headed home with Mr Harkin.
John Murray from Crossflatt, Muirkirk, sold a ewe carrying an embryo for 3,400gns. This was out of one of his best ewes in the flock in lamb and by a £90,000 Blackhouse ram. He went to Hugh Blackwood, Auldhouseburn.
Averages: 51 lots, £1,644.
(Lawrie and Symington)