Suffolk champion comes out top at the Christmas Classic
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A record entry of pedigree female sheep met a strong trade throughout at the opening of the Aberdeen Christmas Classic held at Thainstone Centre on Monday evening.
The event, held in conjunction with the Aberdeen Fatstock Association, saw 209 females sell the length and breadth of the UK to average £749.23.
Sale leader at 3800gns was the champion Suffolk, a gimmer from the Stuart family at Milltown of Birness, Ellon, which sold to Shropshire with Delves and Co, The Craven Centre, Craven Arms, Shropshire.
Sired by Limestone Legacy, bred out of a Ballynacanon Commander ewe, she sold scanned with twins to Mogford Major, which stood reserve champion at Shrewsbury in 2021 and has bred sons £24,000.
The Texel section topped at 2500gns on two occasions, firstly for the champion from Jim Innes of the Strathbogie flock, Dunscroft, Huntly.
Selling to Wilson Peters, Cuilt Farmhouse, Monzie, Crieff, was a Deveronvale Aftershock daughter, in lamb to Cressage Enforcer.
Second at this money amongst the Texels was a gimmer from Stuart Barclay, Harestone, Crathes, Banchory.
Sired by Midlock Bright Spark, out of a dam which has bred sons to £4600, she is scanned in lamb to the £40,000 Mellor Vale Déjà Vu and sold to Craig Reid, 5 Blair Cottages, Altyre, Forres.
Just behind in the Texels at 2400gns was the reserve champion, a Texel ewe lamb from Robbie Wilson’s Milnbank flock at North Dorlaithers, Turriff.
This one is by the 30,000gns Teiglum Dancing Brave, out of a Strathbogie Yes Sir dam, which is an ET sister to Milnbank America Boy, sold for 4200gns.
The buyer was D MacNiven, Craigfarg, Glenfarg, Perthshire.
Jim Innes, Strathbogie, also received 2200gns for a third prize Suffolk gimmer when purchased by M Goldie, Harpercroft Farm, Dundonald, Kilmarnock.
She is by Castleisle Capaldi and is scanned in lamb to Crewlands King Pin.
Also, at 2200gns was a Texel gimmer from Graham Morrison’s Deveronvale flock at Inchbruich, Cornhill.
This was a daughter of Carran Cracker, scanned in lamb to Cressage Enforcer, which sold to K and M Parker, Wyrebeck, Long Lane.
The reserve champion Suffolk from Birness made 2000gns to Delves and Co, The Shropshire.
This was another Limestone Legacy gimmer, out of a Middlemuir Masaerati ewe, carrying twins to Salopian Scuderia.
Jimmy Douglas, Woodhead, Cairness, Fraserburgh, also received 2000gns for a Suffolk gimmer by Birness Boris, scanned with twins to Annakisha Helluva Good.
She sold to C and G Thomson, Wester Tulloch, Midmar.
Beltex females topped at 1400gns for the second prize gimmer and reserve champion winner from Grant Dinnie, Bridgeton, Alford.
This was a home-bred gimmer which sold to Gordon Carroll, Edendiack, Gartly, Huntly.
In the Blue Texel section, a top price of 1500gns was achieved for a gimmer from Stasa Moyse, Broadwater, Skene, when purchased by K Mackay, Smithy House, East Mey, Thurso.
Mr Wood also received 1400gns for a Badgerface ewe which sold to K McKeauge, Baldoukie, Tannadice.
Other Texel gimmers sold to 1300gns from the Knox family, Mid Haddo, Fyvie, when sold to S and A Hall, Inverbervie, Ellon, while Robbie Wilson’s Milnbank flock sold two gimmers at 1200gns firstly to Helen Hunter, Braehead, Bainshole, and then to Moir Livestock, Home Farm, Cairness.
Top price in the Suffolk ewe lambs at 1400gns was the first prize winner from Birness, selling to M Miley, Ballyglass, Knockcroghery.