Kelso beats expectations
Trade exceeded expectations at Kelso Rams Sales yesterday, with 85 per cent of rams finding buyers and 4,390 rams levelling out at £681.52, back just £28 on last year’s record average.
Texels were the most numerous breed, 844 registered shearlings averaging £882.73 and 118 lambs levelling at £643.81, while 514 Bluefaced Leicester shearlings levelled out at £940.19 and 26 lambs averaged £758.46. Suffolks, meanwhile, averaged £697.32 for 295 registered shearlings and £520.76 for 211 lambs.
Tups with good skins, shape and power were in big demand, but plainer types were harder to sell in the Texel rings, according to Lawrie & Symington auctioneer Brian Ross, who sold the top two priced tups, at £29,000 and £16,000.
Topping the trade early in the day was a Texel shearling from Alan, Andrew and David Clark’s Garngour pen from Lesmahagow. First in the performance recorded show the evening prior to the sale, Garngour Awesome sold at £29,000 to commercial producer Paul Slater, who runs more than 1,200 ewes in Cheshire and sells 500-550 Texel, Texel cross Beltex and Beltex cross Charollais shearling rams annually.
Neil Harvey’s Blackadder consignment from Duns sold to £16,000 – his best price to-date at Kelso. He went to Iain Minto, Townhead, Dolphinton, and Jim Gibb, Toftcombs, Biggar.
Another from Blackadder reached £6,500, selling to Messrs Roots, Kilnford Croft, Castle Douglas. Jonathan Watson enjoyed a flying trade for shearlings from his Brijon flock from Bowsden Moor, Berwick Upon Tweed. Top of the pen, at £10,000, sold to Ben Marsden, Liley Farm, Penistone, Sheffield.
Two others from the same flush sold at £6,500 and £6,000 to the Quicks at Loosebeare, Devon and James and Thomas Whiteford, Brampton, respectively.
Best for Peter and Lynn Gray’s Scrogtonhead lot was a £7,000 bid for a shearling which sold to Malcolm Coubrough, Hartside, Lamington.
The Wight family’s Midlock consignment attracted plenty of attention, despite being last through the ring. They peaked at £6,200, selling to JB Pate & Son, Toxside Farm, Gorebridge. At £5,500, Norman Douglas, Catslackburn, Yarrow, took home a shearling from Steven Renwick’s Craig Douglas consignment.
Leading the Texel lamb trade at £5,000, was Strawfrank Balvenie, sold to the Knox family at Haddo, Fyvie, Turriff.
Best price in the Bluefaced Leicesters was £8,000 for a shearling ram from Obie Sharp, Newbigging Walls, Lauder, which sold to the Mcclymont family at Tinnis, Yarrow.
At £6,500, John Dykes, South Slipperfield, sold a traditional type Blue shearling to Messrs Williams, Blacket House, Eaglesfield. And, at £6,000, the Campbells at Easter Happrew, Peebles, sold a shearling to Malcolm Coubrough.
Trade in the Suffolk rings peaked at £5,000, for a shearling ram from Alex and Russell Gray, Langside, Lanark, knocked down to D Roberts, Clwyd, Wales.
A total of 271 Beltex sold to £4,000 to average £723.28; 165 Charollais shearlings sold to £1,800.00 and averaged £540.42; 65 Border Leicesters sold to £1,300.00 and averaged £342.31; 40 North Country Cheviot peaked at £1,200.00 to average £506.25; while 519 Crosses peaked at £3,400.00 to average £557.57.
2James Jeffrey, 92, rang the bell to open the sale