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In the Suffolk rings the top price of the day came from Robbie Wilson’s Strathisla pen, he is a Rhaeadr Ring-a-Ding son and sold to Mark Evans, Jubillee flock at £5000.
Top price shearling in this section came at £4400 from John Park’s Drinkstone pen, he is by Drinkstone Durham Improver and out of a home bred ewe. He was purchased by the Ingram family, Logie Durno.
Then at £4200 was Ian and Judith Barbour with a Rhaeadr Rastafari son, he heads to Holland with Patrick Haccou.
Making £3800 was a lamb from George Stuart’s Birness pen, he is by the 8000gns Rhaeadr Giggsy who has sired lambs to 20,000gns and out of a dam by Rhaeadr Flash Harry.
David and Paula Reed sold a lamb from their Calfpark flock for £3000, he sold in a three way split to Jimmy Douglas, Sandy Fraser and Messrs Robinson.
The only price of note in the Charollais ring in what was a very sticky trade was a Logie Durno Lynch Pin son from Langside, he is out of a dam by Hundalee and sold for £2000 to Paul Slatter.
Brian Ryder secured £3000 for a 15/16 Beltex shearling by Borderesk Powerpoint, he sold to the John Hall, Inglewood Edge.
Taking the interbreed sheep championship here at the Highland this afternoon was the Texel champion from John Forsyth, Glenside. This one crop ewe is by 33,000gns sire Muiresk Blondin and out of a dam by Castlecairn Celtic Star.
This was John’s third Highland Show sheep interbreed championship win and his eighth Texel championship. Judge Robin Thomson said the ewe was the best sheep he’d seen in a long time. “She was sweet and correct in every way and has flesh throughout herself. She moves well and is just a great example of the breed.”
Standing reserve overall was the Suffolk champion, Robbie Wilson two crop ewe. She is a Strathisla Speed daughter out of a dam by Strathisla Kingsway. She is ET sister to 15,000gns Strathisla Leader and 8000gns Strathisla Thunderstruck.
Mr Thomson said the Suffolk had pushed the Texel close for the top title and was a good example of the modern Suffolk. “She’s a more fleshy, solid type of Suffolk than we’ve seen for a few years.”
And in second reserve was Robert Runciman’s North Country Cheviot tup, a four shear. This is Sinton Bullseye, a four shear tup by Allanshaws Double Top and is the sire of last year’s champion Allanshaws Pam.