Averages improved on the year in both the shearling and ram lamb sections at the 'Kelso' Bluefaced Leicester sale at Lanark, where shearling rams from the Wight family from Midlock, Crawford, led the trade at £9200 and £5200 and Alec and Anders Brown, Macqueston, topped the lambs at £8000 and £5000.

Sale leader was the No 1 shearling from the Wights, a son of the £20,000 L3 Steel lamb bought at Hawes in 2018, out of a ewe that goes back to the £37,000 Midlock lamb. He sold in a two-way split to Andrew Hunter, buying back some of his own genetics to use on the Steel flock from Bellingham and Martyn Archer of the Carry House flock from Wark, Hexham.

Lambs from the MacQueston flock from Tynron, Thornhill, Dumfriesshire, also proved popular, with the Brown's No 2, selling to Ron Wilson, Carrholme, Armathwaite. He is by the £10,000 Farden M1, while his dam, by a Lunesdale sire is a full sister to £5500 and £4500 lambs sold at Hawes in 2017.

Overall, 182 shearling rams averaged £1092.14, up £51 per head on the year with 46 ram lambs cashing in at £1394.57, up a massive £759.90.

For full report and pictures see next week's Scottish Farmer.