Kelso Ram Sales
A successful day’s trading at Kelso Ram Sales saw 4271 rams level at £684 (+£49 for 11 more sold on the year), with an 86% clearance.
A new record was set at the event, when Peter and Lynn Gray topped the Texel trade for the fourth time at Kelso, and sold the best of their Scrogtonhead pen at £35,000, to Procters Farm, Lancashire. Named Scrogtonhead Ustoater, this shearling son of Foyleview Superstar is out of a ewe by Cambwell Regal. The Grays also sold three at £4000 and another at £3600, with their consignment of 32 averaging £2449. Pictured above, with Scrogtonhead Ustoater, are Jeff Aiken, of Procters Farm, Peter Gray and his middle son, Billy.
In the registered Texels, a total of 965 shearlings averaged £856, with 79 ram lambs levelling at £527. Meanwhile, 452 unregistered shearlings averaged £577.
Bluefaced Leicesters sold to £8500 for the champion, a lamb from the Wight family’s Midlock consignment. This son of Midlock Mustang, out of a ewe by E1 Hewgill, sold to Crow Hall Farms, Hexham. Overall, 508 Bluefaced Leicester shearlings averaged out at £867, while 26 ram lambs levelled at £1081.
Suffolks peaked at £4500 for a shearling from Brian Redhead and Jonathan Watson’s Brijon flock. A son of North Tyne Character, out of the best ewe in the flock, N54, he sold to Messrs Roots, Dumfries. The 353 registered Suffolk shearlings levelled out at £751, with 290 registered lambs averaging £497. A total of 413 unregistered Suffolk shearlings averaged £672.
Leading the Beltex trade at £2000, was a shearling from Elizabeth McAllister, Artnagullion, a Grahams Ringo son which sold to Messrs McGregor, South Fallowknowe, Reston. The McAllisters also topped the cross trade, selling a Beltex cross Charollais at £2200 to Messrs Morris, Over Buttergask, Coupar Angus. At the end of the day, 111 Beltex shearlings averaged £666, with three lambs levelling at £466. In the cross rings, 481 shearlings averaged £595, while 13 lambs levelled out at £303.
Border Leicesters averaged out at £497 for 72 shearlings, selling to a top of £1900 for a Deuchrie Jewel son from the Howies’ North Lyham flock. Out of an Eildon Echo-sired dam, he sold to Jack Lamb, Boreland, and David Walker, Laigh Alticane.
Charollais shearling rams (204) averaged £511, with 40 ram lambs averaging £357. Trade peaked at £1600 for a shearling from Alex and Russell Gray, Langside, a Banwy Moonshine son which sold to JA Craig, Normangill, Crawford.
The 112 Lleyn shearlings sold to £1200 and averaged out at £458. Top price was paid for one from Hamish Goldie’s Lochar flock, a son of the 18,000gns Lluest Nobleman, which sold to W and S Thompson, Bordlanes, Romano Bridge. The Goldies sold another three at £1000.
Below are the majority of the ram pictures that we managed to get on the day. To view the full selection of photographs taken, or to purchase any, see our Photo Sales section.
To see the full selection of photographs taken, or to purchase any, see our PhotoSales section.