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New Stars at Specop

At the Kelso ram sales last friday (13/9/2013) we bought two new rams:

The first is the most impressive first lamb of the Solwaybank pen:

Solwaybank FHT-13-59

FHT 13:059 sired by Rhaeadr Rastafari. DAM JOD K17 sired by Meikleson Impression.
Full brother sold to John McKay for £1800 at a previous Kelso sale.

The second lamb we bought is a son of the 90.000 gns breed record ram Ardlea Arbenning. This Rhaeadr lamb is March born out of a very good Rhaeadr Rossie daughter A12:J122.

Kelso 2013

By Jonathan Long (Farmingeye):

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.

Drinkstone, £4500














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.

Kelso takes suffolks to 8000 gns

Today’s 175th staging of the Kelso tup sales is currently topping at £8000 for a Suffolk tup from Myfyr Evans’ Rhaeadr flock. Myfyr’s sale leader is a ram lamb by the 90,000gns Ardlea Arbennig out of a dam by Baileys Briagadier II. This one is twin to an 18,000gns lamb from Stirling earlier this year.

Taking a £4800 bid was a Suffolk from Dan Tynan’s Ardlea flock under the stewardship of Pat Greaney. This one is by Ardlea Alonso and out of a Forkins dam by Cairness K9.

Then at £4800 is a Texel from the Clark family’s Garngour flock. This one is by Garngour Rio and out of a dam by Courthill Lewis and sold to Paul Slater, Cheshire.

A pair have sold at £4000, with both of these being Suffolks. The first was another Ardlea Arbennig son from Myfyr Evans. This one is out of a dam by Thurston Calzage.

The other at this money was one from Robbie Wilson’s Strathisla flock. This is a son of 13,000gns sire Forkins Figo out of a 7200gns Lakeview dam. His brother sold at Stirling for 12,000gns.

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Op de laatste rammenveiling bleek dat schapenhouders bereid zijn meer te betalen voor indexrammen. Zie onderstaand artikel op Stackyard.

Demand High for Performance at Kelso Ram Sales

An optimistic mood at the annual Cydectin Kelso Ram Sales, on Friday 9th September, resulted in the average increasing £27 to a new record of £649 per head.

Texel shearling ram Grey Peel Rambo was sold for £15,000
(photo by Robert Smith Photography & Video)

Grey Peel Rambo

4457 rams sold through 14 auction rings for £2,895,770.

Despite the damp start to the day there was the usual flurry of high-flying prices, but most buyers were being selective, with the end result that more than 10% of rams returned home unwanted.

Jack Clark, managing director of auctioneer John Swan, said: “It was the top half who had the bigger lift.”

For Rod McKenzie, of the Scottish Sheep Strategy Group, the sale was a “complete vindication” of the work that many breeders were now putting in to record the performance of their ram lambs.

He claimed that the commercial producers, the majority of Kelso buyers, were now picking out lambs on the performance figures. “The scheme is beginning to pay off. Prices for good performance rams are now £200 to £300 per head above the average and that is a telling amount of cash.”

£15,000 was paid for Grey Peel Rambo, a Texel shearling from Messrs MS & C Hardy-Bishop and sold to Bruce Goldie, Townfoot, Mouswold, Edward Fox, Elsdonburn, Wooler, and Jonathon Watson, Bowsden Moor, Berwick on Tweed. Rambo was in the top 1 per cent of the breed in breeding value and he had taken the breed prize at the Border Union show.

The best Bluefaced Leicester price of the day was paid for a Tanhouse B4 son from Messrs Hall, Lilyburn Firth which sold to Crowhall farms, Hexham for £6,500.

In the ram lambs, top call was £5000 for a Suffolk from Iain Barbour, Solwaybank. A son of the 12000gns Rhaeadr Rastafari out of a Perrinpit Physique mother, he sold to James Rooney and Gerry Killilea.

Keslo sale: Essie catalogue

Here is the first catalogue I received for the sale at Kelso. It is from the Essie flock of Irene Fowlie. She will be selling 20 shearlings mostly by Drinkstone Heavy Weight and the homebred Essie Kudu and Essie Lancelot.

You can download the catalogue here:  Kelso Catalogue 2011


Plans are well advanced for the 2011 Sales with a healthy entry of 5269 rams, up slightly on last year’s figure of 5233.   The buoyancy of the sheep industry is giving Breeders confidence and there is certainly plenty of choice on Friday 9th September with representation from seventeen Breeds ranging from 1791 Texels to 2 Chamoise.    The numbers of other Breeds to be offered for Sale are   1311 Suffolk, 563 Bluefaced Leicister, 397 Charollais, 160 Beltex, 144 Lleyn, 93 North Country Cheviot, 88 Border Leicester, 23 Berricon du Cher, 18 Hampshire Down, 15 Oxford, 10 Vendeen, 9 Poll Dorset, 7 Millennium Bleu, 6 Easycare and 5 Dutch Texel.  There are also 627 Crosses, 381 of which are MV Accredited.  These will sell in 14 Rings simultaneously by nine Auction Companies – Border Livestock Exchange, Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart, Glendale Livestock, Harrison & Hetherington, Hexham & Northern, Lawrie & Symington, North East Livestock Sales, John Swan Ltd and United Auctions.       Once again the large double marquees will house the rams and all the Sale Rings will be under cover ready for the Secretary, Ronald Wilson, to ring the bell traditionally at precisely 10 o’clock to start the Sale. Read More …

Ballot for the Kelso Ram Sales


Friday  9th September  2011

Selling will commence in all rings at 10 a.m.


Ballot Kelso 2011

Video impressie van Kelso ramsales 2010

Photo report from Kelso

Here’s a brief report by Jonathan Long from Friday’s tup sale at Kelso, more details will follow in due course.

Selling for £4800, a new Kelso record for a Suffolk shearling was one from Thrunton, this was a Strathisla Black and Gold son and sold to Mike Davis. (hutch)2965s thrunton 4800.jpgBest in the Suffolk ram lambs was a £4200 call for one from the Benzies, Meikleson. This was a Strathisla Speed son.(hutch)2944bS miekleson 4200.jpg
Taking the top call of the day at £10,000 were Peter and Lynn Gray with a Texel shearling from their Scrogtonhead flock. This one is a son of Douganhill Monarch, Scrogtonhead Power House. He sold to Jack Arnott, Haymount and the Campbell family, Thrunton.(hutch)3333s scrogtonhead 10.000.jpgSelling at £7000 was another Texel shearling, this time on from Douganhill Farms which sold to Fraser Beard, Carlisle.Kelso Texel 7000 douganhill.jpgFollowing that at £6000 was one fromAlesx Gray, which sold to Lilburn Estates. This was a Clydeside Oscar son.(hutch)3379s gray 6000.jpgTop call in the Bluefaced Leicesters on offer was a £7000 call for one from Firth. (hutch)bfl304s firsth.jpgThen making £5500 was a Blueface from Dreva. (hutch)272bS dreva 5500.jpgIn the Border Leicesters, the breed which used to dominate the sales, the top call was a £3000 bid for one from John Jeffries, Kersnowe.(hutch)28s - jeffries BL 3000.jpgMaking £1800 was a Beltex two shear tup from Mary Dunlop, Corstane.(hutch)728s corstane.jpg More to follow in due course…..

And selling at £1200 was a Beltex shearling from Gavin Shanks, Inveresk.(hutch)667s inveresk 1200.jpg

Sitlow ram voor Mattemburgh aangekocht in Kelso

IMG_0155-1Tijdens de afgelopen rammenveiling in Kelso heb ik voor Yvette van Koelen een ramlam van Sitlow (45Z:N52) aangekocht. De vader is Cairness Carbon. Het is de tweelingbroer van de ram die een tweede plaats haalde in de groep op de Edinburgh show 2010 en uit een dochter van 45Z:C53 die eerder Sitlow Sensation ter wereld bracht. Deze ooi is ook de grootmoeder van de ram die dit jaar voor Sitlow de eerste prijs in Edinburgh haalde en daar voor 4000 gns werd verkocht.

Er komen nog meer goede rammen naar Nederland. Voor de familie Hoekstra werd een best ramlam van Solwaybank aangekocht.

De handel in Kelso was best, zeker voor de ‘performance flocks’. Essie (Irene Fowlie), Sandyknowe (Malcom Stewart) en Rugley (Jackson) maakten gemakkelijk prijzen van gemiddeld 700 pond en meer. Traditionele fokkers leken het wat minder te doen en grote uitschieters in prijzen bleven uit.

Verder is de zo’n dag in Kelso een geweldig evenement en heb ik daarweer de nodige contacten opgedaan. Het was kortom een geslaagde trip!