Suffolk rams sold to a high of 1,600gns twice at Carlisle and Northern Counties sale, Borderway Mart, Carlisle, last week (8 August).
Prices for ram lambs were down £46.53 on the year, although prices for shearling rams improved by £27.13.
One of these top prices was paid by W Borthwick, Mauchline, Ayrshire, for a ram lamb from Paula and David Reid, Mouswald, Dumfries and Galloway. Sired by Cairness Custom Made, this one is out of a dam by Cairness Liam.
At the same money was the ram lamb STZ:14:00002, from Mr A Hambleton, Nr Ashbourne, Derbyshire. Sired by Rhaeadr Ring-A-Ding he is out of a Glenhead Black Diamond daughter. He headed to Lincolnshire with R Harrison.
Next best at 1,400gns was James Wallace’s aged ram FNV:12:105 from Newton Stewartm Wigtownshire. Sired by Forkins Figo he is out of a Strathisla Schumacher sired ewe. Buyer was CJ Wright, Biggar, Lanarkshire.
The male and supreme champion, a shearling ram from Lilburn Estates, Wooler, Northumberland, made 1,300gns when selling to F Reeday and Son, Skipton, North Yorkshire. Sired by Forkins Figo he is out of a Roseden Houdini sired dam.
Trade for ewe lambs was strong; up some £170 on the year.
Topping female trade at 1,000gns was the female and reserve supreme champion LXX:14:02124, from Ashley Bothwell, Patna, Ayrshire. Sired by Sitlow Centurion this December 2013, single born ewe lamb is out of a Threeways Tycoon daughter. Purchaser was P Sherwen and Son, of Gosforth Suffolks, Seascale, Cumbria.
Averages: 15 shearling gimmers, £504.70; 11ewe lambs, £444.82; three aged rams, £882; 12 shearling rams, £699.13; 176 ram lambs, £550.28.