There was a strong entry forward at the North’s premier ram event at Thainstone Centre, Inverurie on Tuesday September 23.

Overall Suffolk champion was a ram lamb from George and Melvin Stuart, Milltown of Birness, Ellon and it was judged by Roddy Scarborough of Cormalet, Carnie, Huntly.  It sold for 650gns to P Farmer, Kjemlea, Uphouse, Cunningsburgh. 

 

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The top priced Suffolk was a ram lamb from Jimmy Douglas, Woodhead of Cairness, Fraserburgh which sold for the show’s top price of 800gn to WG Blackhall, Bogfon, Maryculter.  Mr Douglas’ flock average was £312 for eight sold.  

The overall Texel champion was judged by Stephen Sutherland of Sibmister, Castletown, Thurso.  The winning animal was a ram lamb from Marina Gibb of Haremoss, Cuminestown, Turriff which sold for 580gn to S Hosie and Son, Quarryhead, Rosehearty and it helped push her flock average to £386 for five animals sold.

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Judging the Border Leicesters was John Campbell of Bardnaclaven, Bridge of Westfield, Thurso and he chose a ram lamb again from Jimmy Douglas of Woodhead of Cairness, Fraserburgh as the champion. It made 700gn and sold to MG&A Shearer, Lythmore, Bridge of Westfield, Thurso.  Mr Douglas sold eight in his flock at an average of £223.  

Meanwhile, the Bluefaced Leicester champion was a shearling from WG Low, West Mains, Nethermuir judged by George Ferries, Whitehouse, Lumphanan.  It sold for 500gn to MG& A Shearer, Lythmore, Bridge of Westfield Thurso.

The Charollais champion was a shearling ram from Howard Davies of Hillhead of Cannahars, Whitecairns and it was judged by Kenneth Cooper of Backhill of Thornton, Inverurie which sold for 480gn to SW Scott, Appiehouse, Stenness, Stromness.   

Mr Cooper also judged the Rouge de l’Ouest and Beltex classes and the winner came from Roger and Pat Imlah of Wood Cottages, Kingseat, Newmachar.

Colin Slessor of Aberdeen & Northern Marts commented: “Some of the averages saw impressive increases over the same sale in 2007.  The distance that some of the buyers travelled to buy rams enhances the view that this is the North’s premier ram event.”