Texels shearlings produced the top two prices of £1600 and £1500, at Aberdeen and Northern Marts' multi-breed ram sale at Quoybrae, where overall averages improved on the year.

The sale, staged under the auspices of the Caithness Sheep Breeders Association, was led by an entry from Kenneth Sutherland and sons Stephen and Kenneth, Stainland and Sibmister Farms, Castletown, purchased by R and A Mackintosh, Glengolly, Thurso.

The Campbell family's Bardnaclavan flock brought out by son Jonnie produced the £1500 Texel, which sold to W and G Coghill, Barnahard, Harpsdale.

Suffolk shearlings peaked at £1100 from Bruce Swanson, East Murkle selling to J Ross, Ankerville, Nigg Station.

LEADING prices

Shearling rams – Tex – £1600, £700, £650, £600 Sibmister and Stainland Farms; £1500, £700, £600, Bardnaclavan; £900, £800, Durran Mains; £900, £500, Boultach; £750, Thorhaven; £750, £700, Burnside, Huna; £650, Oldfield; £650 x2, £600 x2 East Kirk; £650, £600, Myrelandhorn.

Suff – £1100, £850, £800, East Murkle; £900 x2, £800, £600 x3, Stainland and Sibmister Farms; £850, £800 x2, £750 x4, Lynegar; £550, Clindrag Cottage.

Averages: 61 Texel shearling rams, £547.05 (+£60.18 for 28 more sold); 33 Suffolk shearling rams, £636.36 (+£72.73 for the same number).

FLOCK averages

Farm (No) Top (£) Average

Texel shearlings

Bardnaclavan (7) 1500 678.50

Boultach (4) 900 437.50

Burnside, Huna (5) 750 504

Stainland and

Sibmister Farms (8) 1600 700.00

East Kirk (10) 650 545.00

Myrelandhorn (5) 650 520.00

Suffolk shearlings

East Murkle (5) 1100 790.00

Stainland and

Sibmister Farms (14) 900 610.71

Lynegar (9) 850 733.33