With the Texel breed going from strength to strength both as a terminal sire and it's ability to produce superior females, it was this big white muscley breed that again dominated the proceedings, securing not only the day's lead price of £15,000 for the champion shearling ram from Maurice Hardy Bishop's Grey Peel flock from Jedburgh, but also the majority of top prices.
In all, the Texel, which also attracted the highest number of entries, produced the top three highest prices, nine of the 15 lead priced rams and one of the lead breed averages, at this mamoth one-day event.
However, it was the Bluefaced Leicester breed that enjoyed the best of the day's trading with overall averages again soaring to record levels. The breed also produced the top two averages with 25 ram lambs cashing in at £1012.80, while the 482 shearling rams balanced out at £879.25.
Suffolk sheep and in particular, unregistered Suffolk shearling rams also proved extremely popular with this section again averaging higher than the registered section. By the end of the day, no fewer than 54 unregistered shearlings had made £1000 or more to average £718.19 – the sale's third top average – while the 455 registered Suffolks cashed in at £713 and the 1144 registered Texel shearlings levelled at £717.
For full report and pictures see this week's Scottish Farmer on September 17.