All averages up, Lockerbie and Thurso Cheviots to 5,000gns

Averages rocketed for all classes and were up £108.42 for eleven more rams sold at Lockerbie’s North Country Cheviot sale last Wednesday (13 September), as trade hit £5,000, £4,500 and £4,000.

The Synton flock of G Davies, Ashkirk, Selkirk, topped the park-type sale at £5,000 and £4,500, peaking with Hownam Grange Send Off son Synton 6686, which was knocked down to the Philiphaugh flock.

Synton 6686

Synton 6686 topped trade at £5,000 © Robert Smith

A Synton Toronto son was bought by J Runciman’s Allanshaws flock for £4,500, followed by the day’s champion Allanshaws Nutmeg and Overacres Van Nistelroy both hitting £4,000.

Allenshaws flock

J Runciman’s Allanshaws flock then made £4,500 © Robert Smith

See also: North Country Cheviots set female high at Lockerbie

First at this money was the champion Nutmeg from WD Allen, Humbleheugh, which caught the eye of Mr Watmore, Northumberland.

Allenshaws Nutmeg

The day’s champion made £4,000 © Robert Smith

Matching this was a ram Van Nistelroy from PW Hedley’s Overacres flock. He is by Hownam Grange Peter Pan and was sold to G Davies, Synton.

Overacres flock ram

A ram from Overacres flock made £4,000 © Robert Smith

Two lots then made £2,800, including a second-placed tup from D Matthewson’s Soutra flock, which knocked down to Lancashire buyer Mr Westalls. He is by Synton Rory Mc.

Matching this was Synton Vagabond who was sold to an Irish half-share between the Kilvaddy flock of a McNeill and the Glen flock of D Robinson. This one is by Allansahws Special Blend.

Auctioneer Michael Stewart said the great trade was supported by buyers from Dorset, Devon and Shetland and a growing number of people after tight-skinned lambs.

“There’s been a big influx of people wanting to breed lambs with good skin and these Cheviots can be worth a pound or two more even as stores because of their tight skins,” he told Farmers Weekly.

Thurso hits £5,000

A shearling by Oldfield Sunrise topped a cracking trade at the Thurso sail at Caithness Livestock Centre last Friday (15 September) as a slightly smaller entry averaged higher, seeing 63 rams at £798.17.

It was a great day for the Sebay flock of JS Baillie and Co, as Sebay Vermount made £5,000 after claiming the championship and was knocked down in a two-way share between DN Campbell, Bardnaclavan, and J&J Smith, Upper Cornquoy.

Next at £4,000 was another Sebay tup by the same sire, this time Sebay Vampire. He knocked down to DJ Allan, Durran Mains.

Averages: Lockerbie: 175 rams (+11), £985.31 (+£108.42); 304 ewes (+122), £137.70 (+£31.11); 567 gimmers (+80), £206 (+£16); 314 ewe lambs (+107), £138.46 (+£22). Thurso: 63 rams (-2), £789.17 (+£84.81); 9 gimmers (-1), £461.11 (+£61.11) (Harrison & Hetherington) (Aberdeen and Northern Marts)