13 August 1999

All-Scots deal in sale of top-price Charollais ram

IT was an all-Scottish top-price deal at the British Charollais Sheep Societys show and sale at Lanark when a ram from the Findatie flock from Kinross was sold jointly to two breeders from south-west Scotland.

The 3600gns call came for the champion, a January-born lamb by a 1050gns Parkgate sire consigned by James Kinnaird. Buyers were Herbert Kennedy (Dumfries) and Murray McIlwraith (Wigtownshire).

The 61 ram lambs averaged £514 and included two 2500gns bids. First at this figure was a lamb from Cumbria breeder Brian Atkinson whose stock has consistently met a strong trade from the Lanark ringside. His lamb was by the sire reference tup Tilton Maverick and out of a Big Ben ewe. He heads for North Wales with T &#42 Roberts.

At this venue last year Jim Neil paid the top price for Thackwood Thunder for his Boreland flock at Castle Douglas. Last week he returned with one of his progeny which sold for 2500gns to Jonathan Wales from Raughton Head, Carlisle. Mr Waless best price was 1650gns for a lamb bought by the Scratchmere flock.

The purchase last year of an in-lamb ewe by Southam Speculator and carrying a lamb by Moorgarth Scout proved a successful venture for W John Hunter who runs the Cairnhill flock in Aberdeenshire. The resultant lamb took the shows reserve championship and realised 1500gns to William MacKenziefor his Whitebog flock in Ross-shire.

Yorkshire Dales breeders David and Joan Fords Harmby Moor flock invested 900gns in a lamb from Robert and Maimie Paterson, Perthshire. The lamb was by Scratchmere Snowman, a first prize winner here in 1997.

The Royal Highland Show champion from William and Carole Ingrams Logie Durno flock at Inverurie made 800gns to Mr Tom Sands who judged the showclasses. And an equal bid topped lambs from the Crogham pen of Jonathan Barber. The buyer was George Hammond, Stewartstown, Northern Ireland. (Lawrie & Symington). &#42