A centre-record price of £7,500 proved the highlight of the Annual North Country Cheviot Ram sale, held at Lockerbie Auction on Wednesday 18th September. The overall sale average and clearance remained similar to the previous year’s sale, but a seemingly unquenchable demand for park-type rams powered a blistering trade for that section culminating in a new entry in the record books.
Commanding the record sum was lot 73 from Selkirk-based breeders G Davies & Partners, North Synton. A son of Hownam Grange Heartbeat, from a Gospelhall Callant ewe, he was knocked down in a two-way share to Jane Jackson, Moffat and The Philiphaugh Estate, Selkirk for the Ericstanes and Philiphaugh flocks respectively.
Trading at £4,800 was Wandylaw Perfection from D Walton, Chathill, Northumberland. From the homebred sire Wandylaw See The Stars, from an Allanshaw Big Bucks daughter, the shearling represented the best price to date for the Wandylaw operation and was snapped up by the same purchaser as the highest price, Jane Jackson, Moffat.
Following at £4,500 was Soutra 47 from D Matthewson, Blackshiels. Sired by Synton Glinty, he was knocked down to J Burton, Ashbourne, Derbyshire.
Topping the prices for the Hill Rams on offer was Hethpool Nugget (lot 176) from W & F Elliot & Co, Wooler, Northumberland. A son of the £12,000 Attonburn Grand Slam, he now heads to Sutherland with purchaser EM Reeves, Suisgill Estate.
A £3,200 bid secured the pick of the pen from CR Graham and Sons, Carruthers Farm, Lockerbie. The 1 shear Ghilston Big Daddy son was purchased by Mr Eric Graham, Gremista, Shetland.
123 Park Rams £890.89 (-£94.28)
183 Hill Rams £606.99 (-£4.38)