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Blackies to £12,000

Blackface sheep breeders were struck a severe blow at the main tup sale at Newton Stewart, last week, when a distinct lack of breeders’ rams combined with a falling national ewe flock, the poor summer and reduced income from commercial sales, resulted in averages falling significantly.

In contrast to last year’s event, which witnessed two £19,000 sales, another three at five figures and numerous others at £5000 plus, this year’s sale was led by a £12,000 shearling from John, Anne and Iain Finlay, Blackcraig, Corsock, two others at £11,000 and just another three that sold for more than £5000.
However, while many noted units had to put up with significantly reduced take home incomes, it was a good day for John Finlay and son, Iain, from Blackcraig, Corsock, who not only produced the day’s top at £12,000 but also the top shearling average, of nine at £1953.
The duo, who run 700 Blackie ewes and 50 pedigree Galloway cows, led the way with a son of a £1400 Lurg shearling ram bought at Dalmally, out of a ewe by Noddy, a home-bred £6000 shearling. Forking out the cash for this big bare tup were Ian Hunter, Dalchirla, Muthill, Crieff, and Ian Bond, Glen, Gatehouse, Newton Stewart.

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