A cross-bred shearling from David Moir, Home Farm, Cairness, led the way at Aberdeen and Northern Marts' multi-breed show and sale of rams at Thainstone, on Tuesday, selling for the top price of 2100gns

Mr Moir's best, a home-bred Texel cross Beltex, is by a Culsh Beltex ram purchased at Carlisle in 2017 and out of a home-bred pure Texel ewe. He sold to Guise Farm Partnership, Alford.

The same buyers also went to 1500gns – the second equal top price – for another from Mr Moir, who sold 10 cross-bred shearlings to average £1043.65. This was a Charollais cross Beltex shearling by the same sire, bred from a pure Charollais ewe.

Border Leicesters also sold to 1500gns for the pre-sale breed champion from Orcadian producer, Keith Hourston, Skelbister, Orphir, purchased by A Miller and Sons, Aimster, Thurso. Their purchase, a ram lamb son of Muirmouth Showtime, is bred from a home-bred ewe by Ditton Grand Prix.

The reserve Border Leicester, a lamb from Jimmy Douglas, Woodhead of Cairness, Fraserburgh, realised 1350gns to Duncan Whyte, Whitelee Gate, Newton Mearns. By Intock Invincible, he is out of a home-bred ewe by Didcot Diddy Com.

Texels sold to 1200gns for a tup lamb from Kenny Pratt’s Hilltop flock from Oldtown, Peterculter, selling to Wendy Willox for her Strathinver flock at Broadmyre, Clatt. This entry is by the 17,000gns Garngour Bullet, out of a Glenside Razzle Dazzle-sired dam.

Next best amongst the Texels at 980gns was Michael Leggat’s second prize shearling, Foreman Hill Big Man, by Aman Vyrnwy from Cairnton, Huntly. He was knocked down to J and E Campbell, Rosebrough, Chathill, Alnwick.

The long trip north from Duns, also paid dividends for young Charlotte and James Nicolson, Knockem, when their Texel tup lamb made 850gns to D Scott, Cadbollmount Farm, Fearn. He is by Midlock Ali Baa Baa.

Leading the Suffolk section at 1000gns was the breed champion from George and Melvin Stuart and family, Milltown of Birness, Ellon. This lamb is by the 9500gns Limestone Legacy, and also headed home to Alnwick with J and E Campbell.

Stuart Wood’s Woodies Beltex flock from Woolhillock, Skene, topped the section at 1100gns when his pre-sale champion, a ram lamb sold to Grant Dinnie, Bridgeton, Muir of Fowlis.

Charollais peaked at 750gns for a shearling from Howard and Andrew Davies, Hillhead of Cannahars, Whitecairns, bought by Harry Emslie, Kinknockie, Mintlaw.

Deborah Atkinson, The Manse, Duncanstone, Insch, had a good day amongst the Blue Texels, selling a tup lamb for 800gns to Colin Sclater, Waltness, Shapinsay.

Averages: Shearling rams –18 Suffolks, £506.53 (-£9.72); five Bluefaced Leicesters, £439.00 (+£168.82); three Border Leicesters, £402.50 (+£47.50); 77 Texels, £504.15 (-£83.77); 12 Charollais, £504 (+£67.77); 16 Beltex, £403.59 (+£89.06); nine Blue Texels, £327.83 (-£80.87).

Ram lambs – 202 Suffolks, £403.67 (+£2.95); seven Bluefaced Leicesters, £386.21 (+£64.21); eight Border Leicesters, £706.12 (+£260.92); 110 Texels, £317.83 (-£113.83); 30 Charollais £467.60 (+£10.22); nine Blue Texels, £430.50 (+£173.25).