Saltire flock ram sale top­per

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The Press and Journal (Aberdeen) - - FARMING -

North-east breeder Stasa Moyse achieved the top price in the ram sec­tion at the an­nual show and sale of Blue Tex­els at Carlisle.

Ms Moyse runs the Saltire flock at Wool Hil­lock, Skene, Aberdeen­shire.

Auc­tion­eers Har­ri­son and Hether­ing­ton put the ham­mer down at 1,200gn for Ms Moyse’s shear­ling ram Saltire Blue Avi­tar.

An ET son of Fox­hill Yo­gie, out of an im­ported ewe, he sold to the Campbell fam­ily’s Craigal­bert flock at Bal­lantrae, Gir­van.

Ms Moyse also achieved 800gn for an­other shear­ling by Fox­hill Yo­gie – Saltire Blue Adren­a­line, which was over­all any other breed cham­pion at the Tur­riff Show. He sold to S. McCon­nell, Gass Farm, Glen­luce, New­ton Ste­wart, Wig­town­shire. In the ram lamb sec­tion, Ms Moyse sold two lots for 800gn.

First at this price was Fe­bru­ary-born Saltire Blue Bull­dozer, by the 3,300gn Hack­ney Your Jok­ing. He sold to Lynn Bri­er­ley, Dix­ton Farm, Cum­nock.

The other – March-born Saltire Blue Barack Obama, also by Hack­ney Your Jok­ing – sold to P. Gentry, Brant, Broughton, Lincs.

The sec­ond best male price of 1,000gn was also paid for an en­try from the north-east, which was crowned over­all cham­pion in the pre-sale show.

This was a Fe­bru­ary­born ram lamb, by Saltire Blue Yogi and out of Corra, from Neil Bar­clay’s Hare­stone flock at South Road, In­sch. He sold to C.C. and S. Ed­wards, Free­hold Farm, Nor­bury, Shrop­shire.

Mean­while, W.J. and M Hunter, of West Cairn­hill, Cul­salmond, In­sch, sold to a top of 700gn. Their sale top­per was Fe­bru­ary-2017 born ram lamb Hunters Boyo, by Du­las Axe and out of Glan-Y-Mor. He sold to D. and J. Alexan­der, Mill­side Frm, Gal­ston, Ayr­shire.

Mean­while, in the fe­male sec­tion a top price of 2,000gn was paid for a gim­mer named Sun­ny­bank Amer­i­can Beauty from Henry Je­witt, Gra­cie’s Farm, Roma­ld­kirk, Durham. This ET daugh­ter of Heck­ney Xcel, out of a Gre­gors dam, sold to G. and H. Forsyth, Corra Farm, Cas­tle Dou­glas, Kirkcud­bright­shire.

Next best in the fe­males at 1,400gn was a gim­mer from Ms Moyse’s Saltire. Saltire Blue An­gel Eyes – an ET daugh­ter of Beili Blues Peter and out of an im­ported ewe – sold to M.S.H. Ben­son, Hor­race Farm, Pen­ning­ton, Ulver­ston, Cumbria.

Ms Moyse also achieved 1,000gn for a gim­mer, by the same sire, named Saltire Blue An­gel­ica. She sold to A.D. Bishop, Pit­field Farm, Elder­s­field, Glouces­ter. The Aberdeen­shire breeder then went on to pay 1,100gn for the re­serve fe­male cham­pion – Jan­uary­born ewe lamb Pen-Y-Bec Bethan from Here­ford­shire breeder Glyn­d­wrd Ar­row­smith.

Av­er­ages were: 21 shear­ling rams £419.75; 34 ram lambs £383.25; 49 shear­ling ewes £509.61; 13 ewe lambs £428.08; and seven ewes £406.50.

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