QUALITY lots were easily sold at the inaugural Border Breeds sale of in-lamb females and ewe hoggs at Longtown, on Tuesday, where a South Country Cheviot gimmer topped the trade at £650.
The sale comprised of 13 Blackface, eight North Country Cheviot (five park and three hill) and 21 South Country Cheviot females, but it was the Southie from IHG Warden, Skelfhill, that led the trade. Sired by Cnewr Ambassador and carrying twins to the £5000 Upper Hindhope, she sold to the Douglas family at Catslackburn.
Following close behind on £600 was another Southie, this time a two-crop Castle Upright daughter from WJC and SJ Weir, Mainside, which sold to Messrs Irving, Mount Benger, carrying a single to a Castle Crawford tup.
Another from Mainside, a five-crop ewe carrying twins to a home-bred son of Priesthaugh Brigand, sold to Mrs L Luescher, Glendinning, for £500.
Matching that £500, James Cochrane, shepherd at Castle Crawford, sold his own one-crop ewe by Potholm Champ to Messrs MacDonald, Knock Point, Isle of Lewis. She was carrying a single by a Potholm sire.
North Cheviots reached £520 for a park gimmer from KO Stones, Nun Cote Nook, which was snapped up by Messrs Gibson, Marshes Gill, Harwood in Teasdale. Sired by Hownam Grange Muscle Man, she was carrying a pair to Stobshield Rolex.
A three-shear ewe Nun Cote Nook by the same sire sold to Messrs Fletcher, Holme Ground, Coniston, for £500 carrying a pair to Carruthers Sunday Lunch, with the same buyer paying another £500 for a Carruthers Mick Dundee daughter from Messrs King, Gospel Hall. This one was carrying twins to Soutra Trump.
Hill Northies reached £400 for one by a home-bred son of a £5500 Hethpool from Messrs Douglas, Whitfield. She sold carrying a single to Attonburn Rebus and was purchased by Messrs Campbell, High Hullock Howe, Askham.
In the Blackface section, three lots sold at the £200 mark. First up was a gimmer by a £4500 Sewing Shields out of a Fingland-bred ewe from from C Halbert, Prospect House. She sold to Mr Main, Corner Cottage, Penrith, scanned with a single to a £1400 Wanwood Hill.
Matching that was a five-year-old from Messrs Walton, Wanwood Hill. Sired by a £4100 Hottbank and scanned with a pair to a home-bred son of a Mountain tup, this five-year-old was knocked down to Mr McCune, Farewell Grange, Threapland.
The same buyer also bought the third lot, another five-year-old this time by an Auldhouseburn sire and carrying twins.