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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.


Peter and Lynn Gray’s Scrogtonhead Ustoater, by Foyleview Superstar, sold at £35,000 to Procters Farm


Brian Redhead and Jonathan Watson’s Brijon tup by Beeford Pimpernel, out of a ewe by Langside Opinion, sold at £9000 to Paul Slater, Whiteley Hey


Ian Murray’s Highland Show champion, Glenway Universe, by Allanfauld Rockafella, out of a ewe by Castleknowe Matchmaker, sold at £6000 to Angela Nairey, Meinspride


Jimmy and Donald MacGregor’s shearling, an Ellen Valley Trojan son which they bought last year from the Waen flock, sold at £5400 to the Renwicks’ Craig Douglas flock


This Douganhill shearling, by Stonebridge Thunder, sold at £5000 to Ronnie Darling, Birkwood


This Craig Douglas shearling from the Renwicks, by Walston Rambo, made £4200 to Messrs Fisher


Also at £4200 was this Craig Douglas shearling, by Ettrick Tam O Shanter, which sold to the Whitefords, Tercrosset


Also from Ian Murray, Glenway Ultimate, by Livery Predator, made £3800 to Will Case, Nab Point


Malcolm Coubrough’s Hartside shearling, by Midlock Striker, sold at £3400 to GL Howells, Wales


The Gibb family’s Rusha Upstanding, by Mitchellhill Seve, sold at £3100 to McKinney Bros


At £2300, Archie and John’s MacGregor sold Perry Uppercut, a son of Ettrick Tartan Special, which they bought last year at Stirling, sold to Jim Goldie, Skipmyre, Lochmaben


Top price Bluefaced Leicester was this ram lamb from the Wights’ Midlock flock, a Midlock Mustang son which sold at £8500 to Crow Hall Farms


Susan Napier, Burnhead, sold this shearling at £4200 to Tinnis. He is by Midlock Controversy


At £4000, Jimmy Bell’s Cottage shearling, by E4 Hewgill, sold to Messrs Fairburn, Yorkshire


The Campbells’ Happrew shearling, by a Firth sire, sold to the Thornborrows at Easter Dawyck for £3800


Top price Suffolk at £4500, was this Brijon shearling from Brian Redhead and Jonathan Watson, a son of North Tyne Character, which sold to Messrs Roots, Dumfries


Selling at £3800 was this Cairness ram lamb from Jimmy Douglas, a son of Mullanhead Ice Cold Gold, which went to Merrick Pinny and David Inman


Pamela Lupton’s Kexbeck lamb, by Saffaddam Smartypants, made £2400 to Messrs Moore, Nisbet


Gordon Mackie, Drimmie, sold this lamb at £2300 to Lilburn Estates


This Cairness lamb, by Mullanhead Ice Cold Gold, sold at £2000 to Norman Robinson, Oliver Dean and David Inman


The Browns’ Capielaw lamb made £1600 to Messrs Stott, Elilaw


Best of the Border Leicesters was this North Lyham shearling, by Deuchrie Jewel, which sold at £1900 to Boreland and Alticane


Top price cross tup, Elizabeth McAllister’s Beltex cross Charollais, which sold at £2200 to Messrs Morris

To see the full selection of photographs taken, or to purchase any, see our PhotoSales section.

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