A new centre record for Texels was made at the Aberdeen & Northern Marts annual multi-breed rams show and sale at the Thainstone Centre, Inverurie, today.

First time exhibitor at Thainstone, Stuart Barclay, received 4,000gns for his reserve champion, a ram lamb, from his Harestone flock, which only has six ewes.
Top priced ram (web)

Stuart, of Harestone Farm, Crathes, Banchory, has only had his flock for two years and his sale topper, named Harestone Ultimate Warrior, was the first of the crop from his 13,000gn stock ram Scholars Tiny Tempo to be sold. Buyers were the Scott’s of Wester Biffie, Maud.

The Texel champion, from Graham Morrison, of Inchbruich Farm, Cornhill, fetched 1,400gns from an undisclosed buyer. This shearling ram is a son of the 40,000gn Glenside Razzle Dazzle.

The event, which was sponsored by Harbro and Novartis Animal Health, attracted some healthy ringside bidding with averages up and a large number of rams snapped up by Shetland buyers.

Topping the prices in the Suffolk classes were father and son George and Melvin Stuart, of Milltown of Birness, Ellon with their ram lamb, by Rhaedr Giggsy, which was reserve champion and sold for 1,000gns to John Lyon, of Lower Wanford, Banff.

The Stuart’s sold another ram lamb for 700gns to G.B. & A.M. Anderson of Seafield House, Lerwick, Shetland and enjoyed a good day’s trade overall.

The Suffolk champion was Robbie Wilson, of North Dorlaithers, Turriff, with his ram lamb, by Rhaedr Ringading, which went for 950gns to the judge, Bryden Nicolson, of Garth Farm, Mossbank, Shetland.

The top price Suffolk shearling was from Andy and Suzie Simpson, of Wester Coxton, Elgin, who received 850gns from Harry Emslie, of Kinknockie, Mintlaw.
The top average for Suffolk ram lambs was for Mrs Judith Lorimer, of Cadgerford, Kingswells, Aberdeen, whose 12 averaged £791.88.

Leading the Border Leicesters was Jimmy Douglas of Woodhead, Cairness, Fraserburgh, with his champion, a ram lamb, which sold for 1,100gns to the judge, Duncan Whyte, of Whitelee Gate, Newton Mearns.

Top price in the Bluefaced Leicester was 700gns to W.G. Low, of West Mains, Nethermuir, Maud, for a shearling which was reserve champion and sold to Balfour Mains, Balfour Castle, Shapinsay, Orkney.

The Bluefaced Leicester champion was a shearling from Robert Neil, of Broadleys, Dunning, Perth, which sold for 650gns to Mark and Sally Nesbit, of Drumgesk Farm, Dess, Aboyne.

Young sisters Erin, aged 11, and 12-year-old Eilidh Duncan, of Braemuir, Auchnagatt, did the double in the Charollais classes by winning both the champion and reserve titles.

Their champion, a shearling ram, sold for 520gns to D & J Thomson, of Pitnacree, Strathtay, Pitlochry, while their reserve, a ram lamb, sold for 620gns to the same buyer.

Beltex champion was a ram lamb from Jimmy Young, of Muirton, Corse, Alford, which sold for 800gns, to Colin Sclater, Lorness, Shapinsay, Orkney.