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Lanark Shearling Sale Report 2019

17th October 2019

LANARK SHEARLNGS

Ring 1  249 shearling rams, £3045.38 (+£765.23 for 18 fewer sold); Ring 2  214 shearling rams, £429.49 (-£71.85 for three fewer).

Shearlings proved a big attraction at the two-day sale of Blackface rams at Lanark on 17th October, producing a new six-figure high at £100,000 and a record average.
It was, though the shearlings that enjoyed the most consistency of the trading, with breeders looking for good, big scouthy, bare tups and rams that would produce breedy and milky ewes.
The shearling rams were noticeably of better quality with a bit more size and better skins, said Archie Hamilton, Lawrie and Symingtons head sheep auctioneer who sold the two top priced sheep. Sheep farmers need good breedy, milky females that will survive on the hills and produce a good lamb at the end of the day and it was these better quality sheep that were simple to sell. The tup lamb day was a lot more selective. added Mr Hamilton.
Such was the trade for shearling rams in Ring 1, that averages jumped a massive £765 per head on the year to break through the £3000 mark for the first time at £3045.38 for 249 sold.
While the sale started off well, it was one of the last lot cashed that hit the record-breaking £100,000, when the pen leader from Alastair and David Macarthurs Nunnerie pen, from Elvanfoot, sold to Iain Campbell, Glenrath, Peebles.
Eclipsing the previous high of £90,000 paid for a shearling from Ian Hunter, Dalchirla, at Dalmally in 2010, was a son of a £6000 Elmscleugh shearling bought at the same centre in 2017. His mother, a former show ewe that stood reserve at Abington in 2017, is by the home-bred Dynamo.
Notably, this was the second six-figure priced Blackface from Nunnerie, with the 1600-strong ewe flock having sold a tup lamb at £100,000 here in 2014.
The same Elmscleugh sire was also behind a £12,000 Nunnerie shearling, brought out by shepherds Derek Brown and Craig Thornborrow. His dam, another former show female that stood first at the Highland as a rough ewe, is by the £50,000 Pole lamb. David Ferguson, Drannandow Farms, Newton Stewart, was the final bidder.
Second top price was £38,000 paid for the No 1 from Jimmy and Donald MacGregor, Dyke, Milton of Campsie, which sold to Matthew Hamilton and son, Matthew, South Cobbinshaw, West Calder; John Marshall, Gosland, Broughton, Biggar; John and Richard Wood, Kingledores, Tweedsmuir; and Willie and Billy Graham, Craigdarroch, Sanquhar.
For their money they get an AI son of the £24,000 Elmscleugh sold almost 10 years ago, out of a ewe by the home-bred Travis.
A £15,000 Midlock sire that has bred sons to £20,000 for Dyke was behind the MacGregors No 2 shearling which made £13,000 selling to Archie and John MacGregor, Allanfauld, Kilsyth; the Hamilton brothers  James, Charles and Harry, Aikengall, Innerwick and Dunbar; and Malcolm Coubrough, Hartside Farms, Lamington. The dam is by a £14,000 Loughash.
More than financing that transaction, the Hamiltons  who run 1500 ewes at Aikengall  produced their best trade in less than 10 years selling Blackface tups when their pen leader making £16,000. More than doubling their previous best of £7000 was Joffy  christened after the boys late father John Hamilton, who sadly passed away just before the Highland Show  a son of a £3000 Moorfoot tup bought in 2017, out of a ewe by an £18,000 Midlock. He was knocked down to Hartside Farms and Andrew Provan and son, also Andrew, Parkhall, Douglas.
Parkhall also enjoyed a top trade, taking £20,000 from Aikengall; Burncastle Farms, Lauder, managed by Alan Rogerson; Billy Renwick and son Andrew, Blackhouse Yarrow; and his brother, Tommy Renwick and son Tam, Williamhope, Clovenfords. The breeding behind this tup includes an £11,000 Glenrath tup bought in 2017, onto a ewe by an £18,000 Midlock  one of 1600 ewes in the flock at Parkhall.
Matching that £20,000 sale was the pen leader from Mrs Obie Sharp, Longcroft, Lauder, managed by Alan Rogerson and herded by Peter Lothian, was bought by Hartside Farms and Allanfauld. A son of a £25,000 Elmscleugh, he is bred from a daughter of a £9000 Mitchellhill.
Shearling rams from Allan Wight, son Allan and his son, Ben, Midlock, Crawford, again proved popular with sales at £16,000, £14,000 and £12,000.
The first, brought out by shepherds, Brian Gilchrist and Iain Clark, is by the £22,000 Lurg bought at Dalmally in 2017 in partnership with Dalchirla, that went on to stand champion at the Highland the following year. Bred from a former show ewe by Soapy, a £60,000 Nunnerie, he sold to Tom Bagan, Waterlands, Stewarton.
The second Midlock shearling, by the £24,000 Connachan shearling which is owned in partnership with Dalchirla and stood champion at the Highland in 2017, is out of a ewe by a £25,000 Crossflatt. Nunnerie; Ian Bond, Glen, Gatehouse; and John and Iain Finlay, Blackcraig, Corsock, forked out the £12,000 for this tup.
Selling for £14,000 for the Wights to Williamhope, Burncastle Farms and Blackhouse, was a son of a £25,000 Elmscleugh shearling bought at Dalmally, bred from a daughter of a £12,000 Aikenhead.
Father and son team, Archie and John MacGregor, Allanfauld, also enjoyed a good day with sales at £14,000 and £10,000. Their No 3, a son of an £1100 Gass, bought at Dalmally in 2017, out of a ewe by the £40,000 Easter Happrew, lamb made the top money to Sam McClymont and sons, William and Scott, Tinnis, Yarrow.
Chapped down at £10,000 to Craigdarroch was Allanfaulds pen leader, a son of the £32,000 Midlock shearling bought here in 2017, bred from a ewe by a home-bred son of the £40,000 Easter Happrew.
The same sire was also behind the best from Neil Barclay and sons, Stuart and Magnus pen leader from Harestone, Insch, brought out by Robert Marshall. He is out of a home-bred ewe got by semen from the old £20,000 Auldhouseburn and sold to Midlock.
Scottish National Sheep Association chair, Jen Craig and her father Andrew, Normangill, Crawford, also got in on the action, forking out £13,000 for the pen leader from Willie and Billy Grahams 1600-ewe flock at Craigdarroch. The breeding behind this transaction includes a £14,000 Dyke shearling bought in 2016, out of a daughter of a £17,000 Midlock.
There were more big bucks to come for Alan McClymont, who farms at Kirkstead and Dryhope, both Yarrow, when they sold to £10,000 and £13,000, respectively.
Buying back some of their own genetics, Tom and Mairi Paterson and son, Robert, Dunruchan, Muthill, Crieff, bought the £10,000 Kirkstead shearling, a son of a £17,000 Easter Happrew bred from a ewe by a £6500 Dunruchan.
Selling at £13,000 was the pen leader off Dryhope, brought out with assistance from shepherd, David Faulds. He is by a home-bred son of a £24,000 Dyke, bred from a daughter of a £5000 Williamhope and sold to Alan Smith, Wester Crosswoodhill, West Calder.
Top in Ring 2 was £3000 paid by Hugh Stewart, Upper Kidston, Eddleston, for a tup from the Mitchell boys from Little Larg, New Luce. A son of a £6500 High Staward, is bred from a ewe by a £13,000 Midlock.

OTHERLEADING prices
£9000  Craigdarroch, by a home-bred son of a £6000 Allanfauld, to Elmscleuch and T Renwick, Williamhope, Clovenfords.
£8000  Burncastle by a £13,000 Glenrath to Aikengall and Elmscleugh; Williamhope by a £42,000 Glenrath, to C Mitchell and Sons, Little Larg, New Luce and H Stewart, Upper Kidston, Eddleston.
£7500  Williamhope, by a £42,000 Glenrath to Messrs Walton, The Dudlees.
£7000  Tinnis, by a £17,000 Easter Happrew, to W Ramsay and Sons, Milnmark, Dalry; Dyke, by a £32,000 Dalchirla, to G McGinn, Chirmorrie, Barrhill; Kirkstead, by a £16,000 Wanwoodhill, to S McClymont and Sons, Tinnis, Yarrow
£6500  Westhills, to Robson, Yatesfield; Dunruchan, by a £5800 Corsebank, to J Renwick and Sons, Corsebank, Sanquhar; Craigdarroch, by a £14,000 Dyke, to G Irving, Mountbenger, Yarrow, and S Lambie, Ashcraig, Selkirk; Dyke, by a £32,000 Dalchirla, to Messrs Walton, Penpeugh.
£5500  Blackhouse, by a £13,000 Glenrath, to J Hamilton, Crosswoodhill, West Calder; Midlock, by a £24,000 Connachan, to N Manning, Earlshaugh, Elvanfoot; Burncastle by a £42,000 Glenrath, to R McIntosh, Outer Huntly, Yarrow.
Auctioneers: Lawrie and Symington

FLOCK averages
Flock (No) Top (£) Averages
2019 2018
Ring 1
Hartside Farms (6) 4500 1916.66 3200
Blackhouse (11) 5500 1581.81 2918
The Yett (3) 900 833.33 1717
Wester
Crosswoodhill (5) 2600 1760.00 736
Westhills (4) 6500 2725.00 1433
Tinnis (6) 7000 2708.33 2500
Tollishill (3) 1600 1016.66 3250
Dunruchan (6) 6500 2066.66 1820
Langhaugh (4) 1600 1112.50 4100
Hartside Lammermuir (3) 2000 933.33 1033
Henderland (3) 250 216.66 560
Craigdarroch (9) 13,000 3655.55 1611
The Dudlees (3) 3200 1730.00 1738
Elmscleugh (6) 2800 1816.66 2650
Milnmark (4) 3200 2050.00 857
Easter Happrew (6) 3200 1583.33 750
High Staward (5) 5200 1330.00 2600
Glenrath (10) 3000 1510.00 6830
Dyke (10) 38,000 7171.00 7441
Mount Benger (5) 2000 1190.00 1650
Aikengall (4) 16,000 4525.00 1200
Dryhope (6) 13,000 3433.33 1400
Allanfauld (8) 14,000 4187.50 1150
Moorfoot (4) 5200 1825.00 2260
Harestone (4) 12,000 5425.00 
Midlock (11) 16,000 5100.00 4664
Parkhall (4) 20,000 7125.00 713
Burncastle (7) 8000 4071.42 2100
Mitchellhill (5) 4500 3200.00 1233
Nunnerie (9) 100,000 13,933.33 3000
Sweetshawhead (5) 1600 920.00 1086
Kirkstead (6) 10,000 3975.00 2157
Drannandow (3) 2400 1233.33 1150
Corsebank (6) 2000 1166.66 1300
Blackcraig (3) 4000 1533.33 1175
Ashcraig (4) 2200 1700.00 1180
Connachan (5) 4200 1870.00 2963
Gosland (4) 2800 1475.00 1000
Williamhope (10) 8000 3205.00 3550
Longcroft (4) 20,000 5550.00 
Ring 2
Bengerburn (3) 450 343.33 484
Ettrickshaws 93) 400 250.00 407
Dryhopehope (6) 750 443.33 460
Acreknowe (4) 620 347.50 507
Greenleighton (3) 320 206.66 340
Hyndhope (3) 400 250.00 278
Old Kirkstead (8) 700 491.25 1006
Crosswoodhill (4) 500 275.00 
Kirkland (4) 720 595.00 
Cuil/Clanary (4) 350 236.66 356
Mitchellhillhope (6) 400 303.33 450
Parkhall Chapel (4) 220 205.00 
Penchrise (3) 2600 1033.33 
Glen, Innerleithen (4) 420 255.00
Merkland (8) 2000 770.80 
Upper Newbie (5) 820 450.00 
Yetthope (4) 480 320.00 837
Westhillsmoor (4) 600 417.50 
Hillridge (3) 400 273.33 
Douglasdale (4) 550 417.50 
Craig (4) 320 290.00 
South Cobbinshaw (3) 500 360.00 367
Corriedow (4) 1500 592.50 
Corsebanb Polthistly (4) 450 355.00 242
Quickeningcote (3) 650 500.00 
Madrissa (3) 750 516.66 870
Little Larg (3) 3000 1390.00 
Glenlude (5) 280 216.00 288
Goslandcleugh (4) 400 340.00 
Larg, Creetown (5) 400 276.00 723
Woodhall/Angryhaugh (3) 250 223.33 
Braidshawrig (6) 800 536.66 433
Craigdarroch, Glenwhern (4) 400 350.00 650
Midlock, Glespin (4) 800 537.50 627
Haystoun (6) 800 535.00 691
Earlshaugh (4) 750 462.50 543
Clonrae (4) 950 205.40 
Glendorch (4) 500 312.50 
Drumbuie (4) 320 305.00 288
Fallburns (3) 1000 700.00 
Blackburnhope (5) 350 214.00 1020
Bothwell (4) 800 457.50 1020

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