A GIMMER from the Wight family's Midlock flock secured the championship before selling for the top price of £600 at a show and sale of Blackface females at Dingwall and Highland Marts, last week.

Getting the tap for the top spot from judge, A Williams, from Ellagro on the Isle of Lewis, was a daughter of a £12,000 Aitkenhead carrying twins to the £90,000 Dalchirla. She sold to JD Davidson, Waterside, Bridge of Alford, for the top price of £600. 

The Wights also produced the top price Bluefaced Leicester entry when a ewe hogg by the J21 Midlock Bronco, bred from a ewe by the C2 Hewgill, sold for £500.

The reserve Blackie champion, the second prize gimmer from Crackaig, went on to sell for £400 to J MacMillan, East Durran, Castletown. Sired by a £50,000 Dalwyne, she was due with a pair to a £6000 Auldhouseburn. 

In all, nine Blackie gimmers cashed in to average £354.44 with four Bluefaced hoggs at £410.

The main sale of 917 in-lamb ewes and gimmers held on the same day averaged £64.55 and peaked at £160 for a pen of Cheviot gimmers from the dispersal from Upper Milton, Lairg. 

LEADING prices:

Blackface females – In-lamb gimmers – Crackaig, £560; Midlock Farm, £520.
BFL ewe hoggs – Midlock Farm, £480.
In-lamb gimmers – Chev – Upper Milton, £130, £100.
In-lamb ewes – CHM – Woodlands, Dingwall, £108, £98. Chev – Knockglass Farm, £90. Mule – Woodlands Farm, £90. Tex X – 2 Marrishadder, Staffin, £90.