The sale was led by one of the best bred females in the catalogue, when Brian Buchan and son Brian, sold the best from the Clinterty flock from New Aberdour, Fraserburgh, for 2800gns to Southern Ireland breeder, John McGee who runs 80 ewes in his Muckish flock from Criestlough, Donegal. A full sister to £9000 ewe lamb sold privately, 6500gns and 5800gns gimmer, this Clinterty Par One daughter out of a home-bred ewe by Ettrick Mighty Mouse, is also a full sister to 14,000gns and 11,000gns tup lambs. She changed hands carrying a single to the 6000gns Knock Tarquin.
Top price for Robbie Scott's Drumpark flock from Ashvale, Cornhill, was 1900gns paid on two occasions for a ewe lamb and a recipient ewe carrying a pair. The first, a Kelso Seberus ewe lamb bred from a Kelso Oxygen ewe whose sons have averaged in excess of 1000gns, was bought by Alastair Beaton, buying from his Wester Crosshill flock from Slammanan, Falkirk.
Later, Nick Woodmass, who is also a sheep auctioneer at Longtown, went to the same money for an embyro carrying ewe due with a pair for his 30-ewe Harene flock from Carlisle. She is carrying lambs bred from a home-bred Haddo Knockout daughter that bred sons to 3400gns and 2200gns last year and by Kelso Serberus.
See this week's The Scottish Farmer for full report, out January 12.