Shearling record and £150,000 top at Lanark

Scottish Blackface rams topped at £150,000 and set a new shearling breed record of £100,000 at Lanark last week (17-18 October).

The leading price comes close to matching the £160,000 record reached by the Dalchirla flock in 2015 and the Elmscleugh flock last year. 

A total of 17 lambs sold for five figures or more, with lamb averages up £400 on the 2017 sale.

See also: New Blackface record of £160,000 set at Dalmally sale

The Blackwoods led the sale with a son of the £160,000 Elmsclegh lamb

The Blackwoods led the sale with a son of the £160,000 Elmsclegh lamb © Macgregor Photography


£150,000 lamb

The trade topper was a ram lamb from Hugh and Alan Blackwood, Auldhouseburn, Muirkirk, for a son of the £160,000 Elmscleugh lamb shared by Auldhouseburn and Glenrath at Lanark last year.

He is out of a ewe by the £85,000 Elmscleugh sire and was shared between John Murray, Crossflatt, Muirkirk; Paul Colson, High Staward, Hexham; and the Blackwoods, who retained a third share.

An Auldhouseburn lamb made £150,000

An Auldhouseburn lamb made £150,000 © Macgregor Photography

Record shearling

Shearlings topped at the sale’s second-best price of £100,000, with a consignment from Alastair and David MacArthur, Nunnerie, Biggar.

He is by the £6,000 Elmscleugh ram and out of a show ewe by the homebred Dynamo and caught the eye of the Campbell family, Glenrath, Peebles.

The MacArthurs set a new shearling record of £100,000 © Macgregor Photography

 This price matches a £100,000 bid for a MacArthur lamb sold in 2014 and is a new shearling record, surpassing the £90,000 Dalchirla record set in 2014.

 Averages: Ring one 241 (-26) shearlings, £3,125 (+£845); Ring two 214 shearlings (-3), £431 (-£70); 152 (-3) lambs, £5,075 (+£485) (Lawrie and Symington).