Texels took the top spots as the Kelso 2014 ram sales saw three records broken.

In contrast to the 2013 sales, this year saw a new record price of £35,000, a new record average of £684.17 and a new record turnover of £2,922,105.

By the end of the day 4,271 rams had changed hands at an increase of £48.84 on the year, with a clearance rate of 86%.

Sale topper at £35,000 was Peter and Lynn Gray’s Texel shearling, from Galston, Ayrshire. By Foyleview Superstar he is out of a Cambwell Regal ewe.

Top price Texel shearling ram, Scrogtonhead Ustoater , made £35,000

Top price Texel shearling ram, Scrogtonhead Ustoater , made £35,000

Smashing the previous sale record of £23,000, Scrogtonhead Ustoater was bought by Proctor Farms to use in their 300 head flock, near Slaidburn, Lancashire.

Next at £9,000 was another Texel shearling from the Brijon flock of Brian Redhead and Jonathan Watson, Bowsden Moor, Berwick-upon-Tweed. By Beeford Pimpernel and out of a Langside Opinion ewe, he sold to Paul Slater, Adlington, Cheshire.

Knocked down to £7,200 was a third Texel shearling from E J and A M Fox, Wooler, Northumberland. Buyer was A Hunter, also of Wooler.

A Bluefaced Leicester consigned by C and D Hall, Lilyburn, Firth, was the first of two shearling ram lots sold for £6,000.  He was sold to Hartside, Lammemuir. The second at the same money was I F Murray’s Texel from East Horton, Glenway. Buyer was Angela Nairey, Menspride.

The top priced Suffolk shearling ram was knocked down to £4,500, also from Redhead and Watson, Bowsden Moor. He went home with Alan and Caroline Roots, Dumfries.

Leading the lamb trade was a Bluefaced Leicester ram lamb consigned by Messrs J Wight and Sons’ Midlock flock. Son of Midlock Mustang and out of a ewe by E1 Hewgill, he sold for £8,500 to judge, Philip Teasdale, Hexham.

Bluefaced Leicester lamb reaches £8,500

Bluefaced Leicester lamb reaches £8,500

Texels clinched 15 of the top 20 prices, averaging £6,880. Also in the top 20 were four Bluefaced Leicesters averaging £4,500 and one Suffolk at £4,500.

Suffolks were not to be outdone in the lamb section taking 10 of the top 20 prices, averaging £2,070. Also in the top 20 were five Bluefaced Leicesters averaging £4,000 and five Texels levelling at £1,670.