High-quality Beltex stock returned to Borderway last week (9-11 August) to break last year’s ram lamb record with a 27,000gns for an entry from the Kingledores flock.
Ram lamb and shearling trade was up on the year despite following 2016’s dizzy heights of the 60,000gns Topflite Al Pacino, which set a new shearling record for the breed.
Richard Wood, Tweedsmuir, Biggar, topped trade with his ram lamb, which sold to W and A McCrabbe, Raphoe, County Donegal.
Kingledores Crusader is by Glantre Armani and out of a Viagrow V/d Drie Musschen dam and won second prize and reserve male champion at this year’s Highland Show.
This ram lamb breaks last year’s record of 25,000gns set by the Buckle family, Barras, Kirkby Stephen, with Broxty Boxer.
See also: Beltex records smashed at Carlisle
Shearlings to 16,000gns
Next best at 16,000gns was shearling ram Woodies Baldy from the Woodies flock of Mr S Wood, Westhill, Aberdeenshire, knocked down in a half share to A Neachell and Son, Walsall, and G Cropper, Rossendale, Lancashire.
Woodies Baldy is an Airyolland Weapon son out of muscular Belgian dam Van’t Rozenaken.
Next at 13,000gns was Langlands Bruiser, bought in a five-part share between R and K Williams, Huntly, CG Mairs and Ptrs, Turriff, A and Copland, Orkney, RW Flaws, Orkney and J Young, Alford.
Bruiser was North Yorkshire Show breed champion and has been used as a chaser. Bred by J and S Wilkinson, Barningham, North Yorkshire, he is by Smart Ass Alfie and out of Beautry Trudy.
At 12,000gns was Woodies Aero son Ardstewart Barclay, from Irish breeders the McCrabbes from Raphoe, County Donegal, knocked down to Cheshire-based NM Slater, Butley Town, Macclesfield.
Three ram lambs then made 7,000gns, with other calls at 6,000gns, 5,500gns and 5,000gns. The first to hit the 7,000gns mark was a sire from JL McMillan, Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire, knocked down to Preston Farms, Omagh, County Tyrone.
Clary chief is by Henry V/H/Vrijbos and out of Clary Wild Thing by embryo transfer.
Also at 7,000gns was Hackeny Classic from Paul Tippetts, Shifnal, Shropshire, sold to Procters Farm, Wray, Lancaster.
He is a son of record-breaking Topflite Al Pacino and out of Hackney What a Girl. He was male champion and reserve overall Beltex at the Highland Show and his dam is a full sister to Hackney Wonderboy, overall Beltex Balmoral Show winner.
Finally, Artnagullion Charlie Chaplin knocked down for 7,000gns in a three-way share with G Yarr, Edzell, Angus, N Caul, Forfar, and S and A Moore, Menmuir, Angus. He is by Ardstewart Blue Boy and out of Artnagullion TT and bred by Elizabeth McAllister, Ballymena, Northern Ireland.
Averages: 691 shearlings, £1,225.92 (+74p); 198 ram lambs, £1,463.13 (+£234.91); 18 aged rams, £1,456; 301 shearling gimmers, £836.25 (+-£4.69) (Harrison and Hetherington)