A new breed record of £200,000 was achieved for a Blackface ram at United Auctions' Dalmally sale at Stirling, when a tup lamb from Ian Hunter's Dalchirla flock was sold to the Wights at Midlock, Crawford; Archie and John MacGregor, Allanfauld, Kilsyth, the Campbells at Glenrath, Peebles, with Mr Hunter retaining an equal share.

Superseding the previous best of £160,000 paid twice – for a ram lamb from the Elmscleugh and another from Dalchirla – was an entry backed by two generations of Dalchirla rams going back to a £10,000 Nunnerie lamb, out of a ewe by a £24,000 Connachan.

Dalchirla also produced the next two highest priced lambs at £40,000 and £38,000. The former, by a £45,000 Nunnerie and bred from a ewe by a £24,000 Connachan sold to Mary McCall Smith, Connachan, Crieff; David Murray, Lurgan, Aberfeldy and Aberuchill Estate, Comrie, herded by Craig Paterson.

Selling at £38,000 to Andrew Kay and sons Robert and Andrew, Gass, Straiton; David Morrison, Dalwyne, Barr and John and Patrick Harkin, Loughash, Co Tyrone, Northern Ireland, was a lamb by a home-bred son of a £24,000 Connachan, bred from a ewe by Boris, a Dalchirla-bred son of the £10,000 Nunnerie, retained for breeding.

Top price amongst the shearling rams was £30,000 paid for Dyke entry from Jimmy and Donald MacGregor, Milton of Campsie. This big lad is a by the £38,000 Dyke shearling sold last year, and out of a ewe by a £25,000 Crossflatt. He sold to John Murray, Crossflatt, Muirkirk and Andrew and Ian Cullens, Dollarbank, Dollar.

Selling at £25,000, the Wights at Midlock sold a shearling by a home-bred son of a £24,000 Connachan, to Burncastle Farming Co, Lauder; Neil and Stuart Barclay, Harestone, Insch and Billy and Andrew Renwick, Blackhouse, Yarrow.

Averages improved on the year in both sections with 418 shearlings levelling at £1319.49 and 152 ram lambs at £3426.05.

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