Kelso beats ex­pec­ta­tions

The Scotsman - - Weather | Farming - By LYNSEY CLARK

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

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