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Beltex tops the Thainstone multi-breed ram sale

By David Porter

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The top price Beltex from Stuart Wood
The top price Beltex from Stuart Wood

Pedigree rams met a strong trade at Aberdeen and Northern Marts’ annual multi-breed show and sale at Thainstone on Tuesday when a top price of 2000gns was paid for a Beltex from Stuart Wood’s Woodies flock.

A total of 572 rams (+68 head on the year) cashed in to average £536.77, with the majority of breed averages up on the year also.

Sale leader was Stuart’s Beltex shearling by the 10,000gns Ryder DIY, a sire which has bred gimmers to 7000gns, out of a home-bred ewe named Woodies Cauldron.

Tapped out as champion in the pre-sale show, he sold to Scott McRobbie, Keera, Middlehill, Cuminestown, Turriff.

Stuart also received 1200gns for a Beltex shearling by 14,000gns Woodies Emperor, out of a home-bred imported ewe, which was purchased by B Findlay, Easter Balgillo, Tannadice.

Two rams sold with a 1600gns price tag, including a Suffolk tup lamb from Jim Innes of the Strathbogie flock at Dunscroft, Huntly.

Brought out by shepherd Michael Leggat, he is by the 26,000gns Forkins McCoy, out of a home-bred ewe, and sold to Graeme Christie of the Balquhain flock at Newton of Balquhain, Pitcaple, Inverurie.

The other sale at 1600gns was the reserve champion Blue Texel named Westwood Ernie from Stuart and Wendy Hunter’s Hunters flock at West Cairnhill, Culsalmond, Insch.

He sold to Emslies Livestock, Kinknockie, Mintlaw.

Jim Innes also topped the Texel section at 1450gns for a shearling by Brijon Buster, out of an Ellen Valley Avici ewe, when sold to R and J Kinnaird, Findatie Well, Scotlandwell, Kinross.

The top price Texel
The top price Texel

The same home produced the lead price amongst the Suffolks shearlings at 1250gns for a son of Crewelands Kingpin, when sold to William and David Moir, Newmill, Home Farm Cairness, Fraserburgh.

Sandy Lee, Feurdies, Cairnmuir, Fraserburgh, sold the top price Texel ram lamb at 1350gns to W Adams and Sons, 11 Raemoir Road, Banchory.

This was Fordafourie Emerlad, by the 8000gns Teiglum Bandana, out of an Ettrick Braw Lad ewe.

Top price in the cross-bred ram section was 1100gns for a Charollais cross Texel from Jim Innes, Dunscroft, which sold to Cairness Ltd, Home Farm Cairness, Fraserburgh.

Leading the way amongst the Charollais rams at 920gns was a tup lamb from Eilidh and Erin Duncan, Barnyards, Clola, which was purchased by Brian Macdonald, Upper Geise, Janetstown, Caithness.

In the Bluefaced Leicester section, Matthew Seed, Home of Auchry, Cuminestown, Turriff, received 700gns on two occasions, firstly for a shearling which stood champion and sold to T and I Alexander, Slickly, Lyth, and for the reserve champion tup lamb, purchased by Frank Bradley, Tillyminate, Gartly.

Bill Blackhall, Bogfon, Maryculter, topped the Border Leicester section at 550gns with his reserve champion shearling ram purchased by Luna Farm Partnership, Luna Farm, Vidlin.

Breed averages-

Suffolk – 19 shearlings £638.94 (+£131.44) and 215 ram lambs £494.03 (-£21.29).

Texel – 63 shearlings £719.00 (+£6.17) and 106 ram lambs £510.68 (+£42.03)

Bluefaced Leicester – four shearlings £593.25 (-£13.25) and 10 ram lambs £433.50 (+£53.40)

Border Leicester – seven tup lambs £433.50 (+£53.40)

Charollais – 15 shearlings £593.25 (+£6.45) and 28 ram lambs £531.75 (-£9.63)

Beltex – 15 shearlings £627.30 (+£78.53) and 3 ram lambs £735 (+£140)

Blue Texel – 18 shearlings £620.00 (+£94.13) and 18 ram lambs £377.41

Other cross-breds – 25 shearlings £708.96.

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