More than 45 dedicated years of Bluefaced Leicester breeding came to an end at Borderway Mart, Carlisle, on Monday, when Robert Neill dispersed his show winning Rossiebank flock from Dunning, Perthshire, which not only attracted a huge crowd, but also some cracking prices to go with it.

In all, no fewer than 19 lots sold at 1500gns with the consignment of 126 head – the vast majority of which were backed by generations of home-bred genetics – averaging just short of £950.

Sale leader at 4800gns was an unbeaten show ewe by the G11 Rossiebank, a D14 Mendick son. Champion at Dumfries Show last year, this 2016-born female is out of a home-bred ewe by a Y1 Hazelwood and sold scanned for three lambs by the J20 Rossiebank, to Mike Anderson Farming, Ballindalloch, Aberdeenshire, who bought several of the lead priced lots including a similarly aged ewe by the same sire at 3200gns. Maternal sister to the G11 Rossiebank and out of a ewe by a Hazelwood Elite Z1 sire, she also sold scanned for a pair to the J20 Rossiebank tup.

Another heading up to Ballindalloch on the same trailer load at 2000gns was the flock's 2018 show ewe which made up part of the champion pair at Dumfries Progeny Show. This 2015-born entry is also by the G11 home-bred sire and sold due with triplets to the J20 ram.

Second top price was 3500gns paid by Messrs Forster and Son, Lowes Fell, Lowgate, Hexham, for a 2015-born ewe by an E11 Rossiebank ram which in turn was sired by a B1 Rossiebank Elite Plus tup. She is bred from a home-bred ewe by Hazelwood Elite Plus and sold carrying triplets to the J20 Rossiebank tup.

Five lots came under the hammer for 3000gns, of which four were daughters of the G11 Rossiebank. The first of those was a 2015-born ewe scanned for a single to the same J20 Rossiebank tup. The buyer was F Johnson buying for his Ashes flock from Hamsterley, Bishop Auckland.

A similarly aged ewe carrying twins to the same service sire, matched the 3000gns sale when purchased by MA Quinn, Whinnyhall, Lochgelly, Fife and Aberdeenshire breeders, J Proctor and Sons, Nether Aucharnie, Huntly, went to the same money for a 2016-born entry again carrying twins to the J20 tup.

Raymond Baynes was another to get in on the action, forking out 3000gns for the lead priced ewe hogg, again by the E11 Rossiebank sire, for his Beldhu flock from Blackford, Croy, Inverness.

The last of the 3000gns bids came for the final entry in the catalogue a home-bred tup hogg by the J2 Burndale sire and bred from the 4800gns female. Duncan MacNiven, Craigfarg, Glenfarg, Perth, was the final bidder.

Just behind, on 2800gns, Kelso breeders, CR Purvis, Halterburn, bought a ewe hogg by the J20 Rossiebank out of a 3000gns ewe sold earlier to Ashes.

Welsh breeders Messrs Bennett and Son, Meifod, Powys, purchased two of the dearer lots at 2200gns and 2000gns. The first, a show gimmer by the J20 Rossiebank, sold carrying triplets to the L15 Rossiebank, with the latter, a 2015-born ewe by the E11 Rossiebank selling scanned for a single to the J20 home-bred tup.

Matching the 2000gns bid was another 2016-born ewe backed by home-bred genetics and the G11 Rossiebank. She went home with Messrs Wood, Alwinton, Morpeth, due with three lambs to the J20 home-bred tup.


Ewes – 1800gns – By G2 Lowes Fell and due to L15 Rossiebank to Messrs Henderson, Wylam, Hexham. 1600gns – By G11 Rossiebank and due to J20 Rossiebank to C MacNiven, Craigfarg.

Gimmers – 1600gns – By G11 Rossiebank and due to J20 Rossiebank to Messrs Henderson, Wylam

Ewe hoggs – 1800gns – By J20 Rossiebank to Mike Anderson Farming.

Stock rams – 1800gns – By G2 Lowes Fell to Mike Anderson Farming.

Averages: 53 ewes, £1118.75; 26 gimmers, £819.18; 45 ewes hoggs, £726.37. Overall, 124 females, £913.67.

Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington.