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Kelso tup sales in het kort

By Jonathan Long on September 14, 2009 8:26 AM

Top call at Friday’s Kelso tup sales was a £12,000 bid for a Texel from Peter and Lynn Gray, Galston. It sold to Angus Kennedy, Mitchelhill and the Carruther family, Silloan.

(hutch)tex3267s.jpgNext best was a Bluefaced Leicster at £10,000. This one was from first time Kelso vendors John and George Browell, Hexham. Their champion from the pre-sale show is by a Firth tup and sold to John Kerr, Maybole.

(hutch)bfl574aS.jpgThen at £8000 was the best Suffolk of the day from Robbie Wilson, Turriff. This was a son of  Strahbeg Stan the Man and sold to Niall Walsh Co Laois, Eire.


Overall the trade look’s like it reflected the confidence coming from the sheep sector on the back of good lamb prices so far this year. Averages were strong, and buyers were in a mood to invest in the best they could afford. Vendor of the largest run, Malcolm Stewart, Brotherstone, sold 85 Suffolk shearlings to level at £576, with the overall average for the 4185 rams traded finishing the day at £569.39, £111.83 up on last year.

Shearling averages; 57 Beltex £573.86, four Berrichon du Cher £430, 517 Bluefaced Leicester £677.21, 44 Border Leicester £599.09, 238 Charollais £446.34, four Dutch Texel £510, 17 Hampshire Down £304.71, 68 Lleyn £434.41, 10 Bleu du Maine £455, 66 North Country Cheviot £422.42, 10 Oxford Down £249, 499 Suffolk £569.50, 1187 Texel £608.58, six Vendeen £511.67.

Lamb averages; three Beltex £840, nine Berrrichon du Cher £283.33, 23 Bluefaced Leicester £517.39, 44 Charollais £371.82, 328 Suffolk £477.61, 91 Texel £373.63.

That’s all I’ve got for now, but more will hopefully follow later….

Suffolks reach 62,000gns at Edinburgh

A top call of 62,000gns was the highlight of last Friday’s sale of Suffolk tups at Edinburgh and with just four sales at 10,000gns and above it certainly wasn’t the highly charged sale seen in previous year’s at the venue.

Leading the sale was Jimmy Douglas’ Cairness flock, Aberdeenshire, with an ET bred son of Cairness Just the Best out of a Whitestone ewe which is dam to Mr Douglas’ stock sire Whitestone Warrior. This one is an ET brother to Mr Douglas’ 20,000gns sale topper at the breed’s Shrewsbury sale just week earlier, he sold to Iain and Judith Barbour for their Solwaybank and Ewebank flocks, respectively.

TS Suffolk Lot 169.jpgAnd Mr Douglas also took the next best call of the day a 20,000gns sale for a Cairness Golddust son. This one is out of a dam by Langside Lightening which is full sister to the stock tup Cairness Just The Best. He was bought by Harry Stewart, Northern Ireland, for his Castlewellan flock which is to be dispersed later this year.  TS Suffolk Lot 165.jpgThen at 12,000gns was the best from Angus Wilson, Melrose. This was a Glenhead Black Diamond son out of a dam by Glenhead Glaramara which is full sister to 5000gns Glenhead Impreza. This one sold to Robbie Wilson for his Strathisla flock.  TS Suffolk Lot 42.jpg

At 10,000gns was the champion from the pre-sale show a Strathbeg Stan The Man son out of a dam by Strathisla Kingsway which has bred sons to 15,000gns. This one was from Robbie Wilson’s Strathisla flock, Turriff, Aberdeenshire and sold to the Mair family and Neil Benzie, both Aberdeenshire.

TS Suffolk Lot 70.jpgAt 8000gns was the best from Eire-based breeders Tom and Jeff Bailey, a son on Cairness New Approach. This one is out a dam by Rhaeadr Rossi and goes back to Boreland Buddah on his dam’s side and sold to Myfyr Evans for his Rhaedr flock, Wales.

Also at this money was Judith Barbour’s top priced lamb, a son of her brother Iain’s sale topper from last year, Solwaybank Special One. This one is out of a full sister to Miss Barbour’s succesful show ewe from 2006, a Glenisla Grimaldi daughter which goes back to Muiresk Marci Marvellous and was taken home by Gerry Killilea, County Galway, Eire.

Following closely behind at 7500gns was another from the Bailey’s pen. This Cairness Kanine son is out of a dam by Cairness Thunder which goes back to the well known sire Stockton Almighty and also goes back to a Findowrie ewe, he was also bought by Mr Evans, Rhaeadr.

A brace then sold at 7000gns, with the both coming from Robbie Wilson’s Strathisla entry. First up was a Lakeview Leeroy son out of a dam by Strathisla Shirrocco which is full ET sister to the top breeding sire Strathisla Schumacherwhich and goes back to a ewe bred in the late Gordon Wilson’s Glenisla flock. He was snapped up by John Christie for his West Carse flock, Stirling.