Averages: 89 ram lambs, £1573.71 (+£655.95 for nine fewer sold)

Bare was undoubtedly beautiful amongst the ram lambs when a 'summer jacketed' entry from Midlock attracted the lead price at £26,000.

The lamb from father Allan, son Allan and his son Ben Wight, from Midlock, Crawford, is a son of last year’s £60,000 Loughash bought at Lanark, in partnership with Elmscleugh and Nunnerie, and out of a ewe by the £100,000 shared Elmscleugh lamb acquired at Dalmally. The buyers were Malcolm Coubrough and son Malcolm, Hartside, Lamington and Queensberry Farming, Mitchellslacks, Thornhill, Dumfriesshire, managed by Richard Colley.

His twin brother made £6500 and sold in a three-way split, having been purchased by Davie and Jock Jackson, Pole, Lochgoilhead with the remaining two thirds bought by Andrew Campbell, buying for his unit at Fort William and the family business at Lochgoilhead. Unsurprisingly, Midlock secured the lead flock average of £11,033 for three lambs.

John Murray’s Crossflatt flock from Muirkirk, was again in the money selling six lambs at £3838, backed up by top prices of £14,000 and £5000.

Dearest here was the pen leader, a son of last year’s 30,000gns McCurdy lamb bought at Ballymena, bred from a ewe by a £90,000 Blackhouse lamb. He sold to Ewen Macmillan, Lurg, Fintry and Richard Nixon, Marbrack, Carsphairn, Dalmellington.

Iain McLarty, Little Port, St Fillans, bought the £5000 Crossflatt lamb, by a home-bred son of £150,000 Auldhouseburn, out of a ewe by an £18,000 Gass.

The same 30,000gns McCurdy lamb was behind a £7000 lamb from Archie and John MacGregor, Allanfauld, Kilsyth, which sold to the breeder of the sire, James McCurdy, Broughshane, Northern Ireland. The dam is by a £25,000 Crossflatt.

Lambs from Willie Dunlop and sons Quintin and William, Elmscleugh, Dunbar, as always proved popular with sales at £5800 and £2500 for sons of last year’s £38,000 Allanfauld lamb acquired at Lanark. Best was the pen’s No 1, bred from a ewe by a £160,000 Dalchirla and purchased by Colin Little, East Bracklinn and Adam Wood, Wester Gartchonzie, both Callander.

Selling down to the south-west with Keith Brooke, Carscreugh, Glenluce, Stranraer, was the pen leader from Hugh and Alan Blackwood, Auldhouseburn, Muirkirk. His pedigree features last year’s £70,000 Harestone lamb, onto a ewe by a £75,000 Dalchirla.

Another bred from a £75,000 Dalchirla-sired ewe but sired by a £15,000 High Staward lamb, then made £3200, selling to Ozie Wardrop, Outerwards, Brisbane Glen Estates.

Dumfriesshire breeder, Richard Carruthers, Merkland, Thornhill, enjoyed a similar trade with lambs at £5000 and £4500 for sons of last year’s £34,000 Crossflatt Ayr Raid. The No 3, bred from a ewe that is a full sister to the £16,000 Merkland, made £5000 selling to Willie Welsh, Burnfoot, Sanquhar, and his father, Billy who farms at Beoch, Loch Doon, Dalmellington.

Merkland’s No 2, bred from a ewe with the same breeding, made £4500 selling to Mary McCall Smith, Connachan, Crieff and neighbouring breeder, Auchnafree Estate, managed by Andy Scott.

Ayr Raid was also the sire of Hugh and Madge Rorison’s Clonrae lamb from Thornhill, Dumfriesshire that made £4200. The lamb, brought out by shepherd Michael Robertson and bred from an Auldhouseburn ewe lamb, sold to Little Port.

Drew Coulter, who keeps a select number of ewes from his base at Glenrath Cottage, Peebles, also came up with the goods selling a lamb for £4500 to Tom Hutchinson, Chapel Farm, Moffat, Dumfriesshire

FLOCK averages

Flock (No) Top (£) Average (£)

Mitchellhill (3) 380 340.00

Aitkenhead (3) 350 283.33

Dall (12) 750 377.50

Laigh Balernock (3) 1300 650.00

Crossflatt (6) 14,000 3838.33

Shankhead (4) 350 132.50

Midlock (3) 26,000 11,033.00

Elmscleugh (5) 5800 2210.00

Greenside (3) 1800 620.00

Merkland (4) 5000 2875.00

Connachan (3) 550 366.67

West Bracklinn (3) 2000 816.67

High Staward (4) 2000 937.50

Braes of Ardeonaig (8) 650 287.50

Allanfauld (4) 7000 3075.00

The Glen (3) 1100 533.33