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Buoyant demand for Blackface females

Blackface sheep breeders and enthusiasts were out in huge numbers for the association's annual female show and sale at Lanark, where a top bid of 6500gns was achieved complete with a further 26 lots selling at four-figure prices.

Sale leader was the third prize ewe from Hugh and Alan Blackwood's Auldhouseburn flock from Muirkirk. This one-crop female by a £14,000 Elmsleugh, sold carrying twins to The Bolt, to Norwegian breeder, Hilmar Eide.

Brothers John and Charlie Harkin, also enjoyed a bumper trade for their first visit as consignors, receiving 6000gns and 4000gns for their two entries.

The team, from Loughash, Donemana, Co Tyrone, sold their second prize gimmer, a daughter of the £6500 Midlock, carrying twins to the £60,000 Dalchirla, for 6000gns to Co Cork breeder, David Dracey.

For full report and pictures see this week's Scottish Farmer on March 2.

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