Three ram lambs sold for the joint top price of £2000 at a Border Leicester sheep sale at Lanark, where a strong demand ensured averages improved on the year, albeit for fewer sold.

John Barrowman’s Knockglass flock, from Stranraer, enjoyed the best of the day’s trading selling two at £2000, with the first of those a son of Drennans Class Act and out of a home-bred ewe by Eildon Epic. He headed home with Alex and Sandy Watson, buying for their Intock flock, from Culticheldoch, Muthill, Crieff.

The Scottish Farmer:

Knockglass BL32U S10 from John Barrowman sold for 2000gns Ref:RH160920243

Another lamb by the same sire but bred from a home-bred show ewe by Kingfisher Klondike, made the same money selling to Summerfield Holsteins, New Yew Tree, Whitmore.

The last of the £2000 sales came for an entry from Duncan Whyte’s Mearns flock, from Newton Mearns, Glasgow, which sold in a two-way split to Pete Brown, Bonniebraes, Arran, and Tom Tennant, for his Forth flock, Gilmanscleugh, Ettrick, Selkirk. A son of Muirmouth Morelos, he is bred from a home-bred ewe by Clola Double Deal.

The Scottish Farmer:

Duncan Whyte sold his Means ram lamb for 2000gns Ref:RH160920244

Bonniebraes and Forth also teamed up with J Struthers, Greenbank, Carluke, to purchase a lamb from Messrs Stewart of Kininmonth, Cupar, at £1700. He is by Didcot Drover and out of a Kininmonth Crusader daughter.

Top price for David and Iain Walker, Laigh Alticane, Girvan, was £1200 for an Intock Boris son purchased by J and M Kinloch, Elsrickle Mains, Biggar.

Leading the female trade at £1600 and £1200 were two gimmers by Westforth Barbarian, from Neil Howie, Lyham, Chatton, Alnwick, with both selling to F and R Farms, Piper Hole, Ravenstonedale, Cumbria.

Ewe lambs sold to £950 from W and T Nelson, High Kilphin, Ballantrae, for an Alticane Celebrity daughter purchased by WJ Penny, Tureagh, Larne, Co Antrium.

Auctioneers: Lawrie and Symington.

averages: 65 ram lambs, £507.19 (+£19.33 for five fewer sold); 10 gimmers, £550 (+£278.67 for five fewer); 19 ewe lambs, £478.47 (-£9.39 for six fewer).