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Lanark Blackface shearlings hit £20,000

Shearlings met a strong trade at Lawrie and Symington’s Lanark sale today, peaking at £20,000 for one from Allan Wight and son, Allan, Midlock, Crawford.

A son of the £90,000 Dalchirla tup, he sold to the Glenrath and Dalchirla flocks. The Wights sold another at £13,000, to Blackhouse and Williamhope.

Willie Graham, Craigdarroch, Sanquhar, received £19,000 and £16,000 for his first two. The dearest of the two sold to the Mount Benger, Kirkstead and Dryhope flocks, while the other went to James Duncan Millar, Remony.

Topping Jimmy and Donald MacGregor’s Dyke lot, was one at £17,000, a son of the home-bred Dyke Travis, which went to Gosland.

Billy Renwick, Blackhouse, Yarrow, collected £16,000 for one to Malcolm Coubrough, Hartside, and £10,000 for another, to Prof Penny, Bothwell.

Hitting £15,000 was the best from Mary McCall-Smith, Connachan, Crieff, which went to Lurg, Arnicle and Marbrack, while two others from the same pen sold at £11,000 apiece. They were knocked down to consortiums of Northern Ireland buyers.

Archie and John MacGregor, Allanfauld, Kilsyth, sold their best at £8000 to Glenrath, and another at £6500 to Overton, Dyke and Burnhead.

Matching that price was the pen number one from Hugh Blackwood, Auldhouseburn, Muirkirk, which sold to Catslackburn, and Damhead, Traquair.

At the end of the day, Ring 1 saw 305 shearlings average out at £2010.79 (compared to £1904 for 338 last year), while 269 tups in Ring 2 levelled at £435.61.

See full report and pictures in next week’s issue of The Scottish Farmer.

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