12th October 2019
Perth Ram Society Sale Report
140 shearling rams, £854 (-£91.29 for 15 fewer sold); 45 ram lambs, £695 (-£27.15 for 20 fewer).
Shearling rams from Woolfords dominated proceedings at the Perth Ram Society sale of North-type Blackface sheep at Stirling, producing three of the top four prices in the section and the top flock average.
The 1100-ewe flock from West Calder, owned and managed by Matthew Hamilton and son, also Matthew, had the pre-sale champion which then went on to top the sale at £10,000.
This tup which stood second in his class at Perth Show is by a £10,500 Achdregnie shearling bought in 2017 and out of a home-bred ewe by a 6500gns Harkin tup. He sold to the judge, Tom Adams and sons, Joe and Alan, Rathkenny, Ballymena, with Archie McKinnon, farm manager at Cadogan Estates Auchnacloich unit, at Amulree, Dunkeld, taking a half share.
Hes a tremendous tup with good feet and legs, a great coat and hes very correct, said Mr Adams after the sale.
For Woolfords that was just the start of things to come, with the second making £9000 and others at £4000 and £2500. Woolfords also had the second prize pen of five while 12 shearlings cashing in at a whopping £2658 up £500.
The No 2 shearling made £9000 to Irish breeders, George and John Conway; Mark Conway, both Plumbridge; M McAleer, Pomeroy, Dungannon; and the Breslin Brothers, Gerard and Cathal, Ardara. This entry was part of the second prize pen and is by a 2000gns Conway sire bought at Ballymena, and bred from a ewe by a 1200gns McCurdy.
The £4000 Woolfords was another from the prize pen and also sold across the Irish Sea, this time to Billy Grant, Cloughfin, Clonmany; Brian Curran, Co Derry; and John McDermott, Glengad, Malin. A son of the £9000 Woolfords shearling sold the previous year to Paul McEvoy and M McAleer, he is out of a ewe by the 11,000gns Breslin tup.
Billy Grant on his own forked out £2500 for a Woolfords shearling by the 2000gns Conway.
David Baillie and son, David, Calla, Carnwath, also enjoyed a good day, selling the third top shearling at £5000 and the best of the lambs at £5500.
The shearling, which was unshown at the pre-sale show, is by an 8000gns McEvoy tup bought at Ballymena in 2016 that sired the £18,000 Calla lamb sold in 2017 and out of a ewe by a home-bred son of a Harkin tup. The buyers were Owen McEvoy, Kilcoo, Newry, Co Down, and Pamela Nicol, Doldy Farms, Glenisla.
The Baillies topper also boasted Northern Ireland genetics, being a son of the Conway Brothers champion lamb bought in 2018 for 5500gns at Ballymena, out of a ewe by a home-bred son of a 10,000gns Conway. He sold in a two-way split to B and A Carson, Clough, Ballymena, and Sam Adams, Broughshane.
Other top shearlings included Bert Grants pen leader from Glendamph, Glenisla, which made £4200. By a home-bred son of a Conway sire and out of a ewe by a £2000 Chamberwells, he was knocked down to Auchnacloich.
Helping to finance that, Archie McKinnon, son Ben and daughter Anna, who work at Auchnacloich, received £2200 from Woolfords for their No 2 shearling, a son of the £4200 Craigneich bought in 2017, out of a ewe by a £1400 Achdregnie.
Stephen Duncan and his father, also Stephen, topped at £3800 which, coupled with another 18, sold to average £992.
The flock, which had the first prize pen of five Perth-type shearlings, saw their No 1, a son of the £3000 Craigneich shearling bought in 2017, out of a ewe by a £1500 Craigneich, sell to John Shearer and sons, Gavin and Neil, Hillhead of Morinsh, Glenlivet.
Top price for Elizabeth Johnstons shearlings from Chamberwells was £2200 paid by Neil and Anne Kydd, Glenhead, Glenisla, for a tup backed by home-bred genetics on his sires side, while the dam is by a £2500 Glendamph.
On the other side of the coin, Glenhead sold its dearest lamb at £2200 to Chamberwells. The breeding includes a 1400gns Breslin son, out of a ewe by a £1600 Glenhead.
Second top price amongst the lambs was £4000 paid by Woolfords from John Shearer and sons, Gavin and Neil, Hillhead of Morinsh, for a son of the previous years £10,000 Woolfords out of a ewe by a 1000gns Martin Conway.
Woolfords also bought the No 2 lamb at £2400 from Sandy and Steven Smith, Scar Hill. The father and son duo previously of Haughton, Glenkindie received that for a son of the £8000 Woolfords, out of a ewe by a £4000 Calla.
That £8000 Woolfords sire also bred the champion lamb from Pamela Forbes Eastmill unit, which made £2800 to the lamb judge, Joe Carson, Clough, Ballymena, and Sam Adams, Broughshane. The dam is by an 8500gns Cam tup.
Flock (no.) Top (£) Averages
Craigneich (13) 1100 573.08 1614
Doldy (7) 1200 564.29 481
Glenrinnes (5) 800 530.00 730
Dalbog (4) 500 437.50 500
Markethill (6) 1200 575.00 508
Woolfords (12) 10,000 2658.33 2154
Scar Hill (9) 1200 755.56 1000
Chamberwells (10) 2200 490.00 475
Auchnacloich (10) 2200 818.75 1363
Newmill of Inshewan (6) 1200 675.00 570
Calla (5) 5000 1490.00 475
Achdregnie (19) 3800 992.11 1413
Laggan (4) 200 200.00 ¬-
Hillhead of Morinsh (10) 1000 610.00 1120
Glendamph (7) 4200 878.57 673
Bomakelloch (4) 800 437.50 ¬-
Viewmount (3) 550 250.00 -
Glenhead (5) 2200 836.00 244
Chamberwells (8) 300 221.25 296
Newmill of Inshewan (4) 320 230.00 210
Scar Hill (6) 2400 673.33 554
Doldy Eastmill (7) 2800 671.43 364
Calla (5) 5500 1324.00 771