23rd October 2020
Allanfauld BF lamb tops Lanark sale at £80,000
Averages: 149 ram lambs, £5713 (+£638.56 for three fewer sold).
Phenomenal demand for Blackface sheep continued on the second day at Lanark, with the ram lamb sale also securing a new record average of £5713.56 up a massive £639 on the year.
Such was the appeal for the cream of the crop, that from a top bid of £80,000 for the No 2 from Archie and John MacGregor, Allanfauld, Kilsyth, a further 26 lambs sold at or above the magical five-figure bracket.
Breeders did nevertheless have to wait until the very end to witness the big £80,000 sale, with the lamb, along with several other big hitters coming from the MacGregors who sold six to average a whopping £27,867.
Their show stopper which was the pen's No 2, is by a £3500 Dalchirla shearling bought in 2019 at Dalmally, that in turn was an ET bred from a flush from the mother of the £160,000 Dalchirla and sired by £24,000 Elmscleugh. Willie Dunlop and sons Quintin and William, Elmscleugh, Dunbar and Alastair and David MacArthur, Nunnerie, Elvanfoot, forked out the cash for this £80,000 lamb bred from a ewe by a £100,000 Elmscleugh.
Allanfauld enjoyed the best of the day's trading with other sales at £38,000 and £26,000 for sons of the same £3500 Dalchirla tup, with another at £20,000 being sired by the £160,000 Dalchirla.
Selling at £38,000 to Malcolm Coubrough, Hartside, Lamington and Elmscleugh, was the No 1 lamb, bred from a ewe by a £12,000 Dyke.
The exact same genetics were behind the No 3, which made £26,000 to Queensberry Farming, Mitchellslacks, Thornhill, Dumfries and Willie and Billy Graham, Craigdarroch, Sanquhar.
Allanfauld also received £20,000 for an AI son of the £160,000 Dalchirla, out of a ewe by a £24,000 Lurg. He was knocked down to Ian Bond's Glen, Gateshouse flock managed by Robert and Debbie McTaggart, with the MacGregors retaining a half share.
Minutes earlier, Neil and Stuart Barclay's 200-ewe flock from Harestone, Insch, managed by Robert Marshall received £70,000 for their pen leader.
Their tup which was brought out with assistance from shepherd Tommy Patterson and was producing a personal best after just three years selling here, is by a £10,000 Midlock lamb bought in 2019 and out of a ewe by an £8000 Auchloy. He headed home with the Campbell family, Glenrath, Peebles, and Hugh and Alan Blackwood, Auldhouseburn, Muirkirk. Interestingly, he was later christened Double Yolker after his two egg producing purchasers.
Northern Ireland breeders, John and Patrick Harkin, Loughash, Co Tyrone, enjoyed a flying trade, selling six lambs to average £16,716 from a top price of £60,000.
The father and son team sold their pen leader, a son of the £24,000 Elmscleugh lamb bought in 2019 for the big money to Elmsleugh, Nunnerie and the Wights at Midlock, Crawford. His dam, a ewe by the old £24,000 Elmscleugh was also the mother of the £45,000 Loughash lamb sold a few years ago.
Loughash's No 2, another by the same sire, but bred from a ewe by that £45,000 Loughash, made £20,000 selling back across the Irish Sea to Veronica Fullerton, Draperstown.
Ewen Macmillan, Lurg, Fintry, and the Macphersons, Balliemeanoch, Dalmally, also got in on the action, forking out a joint bid of £10,000 for a Loughash lamb by a £26,000 Elmscleugh and out of a ewe by a £160,000 Dalchirla.
Top price for Jimmy MacGregor and son Donald's Dyke flock from Milton of Campsie was £42,000 paid in a three-way partnership between the Grahams at Craigdarroch, Sanquhar, daughter Una who farms at Kirkland and Angus Kennedy and son Angus, Mitchellhill, Broughton, Biggar. This lamb is by the £17,000 Midlock and out of a ewe by Poldark, a home-bred son of a £25,000 Crossflatt.
Brothers Thomas and Glen Muirhead, Orchilmore, Comrie, had plenty to celebrate too when they superseded their previous best of £15,000 paid last year, with a £20,000 sale for their pen leader.
The curling brothers who run just 200 Blackface ewes alongside a smaller Texel flock, received this money for a lamb by a son of the £160,000 Elmscleugh, bred from a ewe by a £50,000 Crossflatt. Elmscleugh, Eoin and Kirstyn Blackwood, Dalblair, Muirkirk and Robert Cockburn, Hill of Errol, Perth, shared the cost.
Matching that price was the pen leader from John Murray's Crossflatt flock, Muirkirk, purchased by the Dunlops from Upper Wellwood, Muirkirk, Davie and Jock Jackson, Pole, Lochgoilhead, and Ian Hunter, Dalchirla, Muthill, Crieff. For their money they get a son of last year's £150,000 Auldhouseburn, bred from a ewe by Crossflatt Spectre.
Another two Crossflatt lambs by the same sire made five-figure prices with the dearest at £15,000, bred from a ewe by Shotgun, a home-bred son of a £24,000 Elmscleugh retained for breeding, selling to Peter Junor, Ballangan, Dores; Robert Flett, Crackaig, Ardersier and Dyke.
Minutes later Crossflatt received £11,000 from Northern Ireland breeders Mike Grant and D Harrison, with Andy Woodburn and son Andy, Netherwood, Muirkirk, taking a third share.
Ram lambs from the Wight's Midlock flock brought out with assistance from shepherds Brian Gilchrist and Iain Clark again sold well with sales at £16,000 and £15,000. Dearest was the pen leader, a son of a £45,000 Nunnerie shearling bought at Dalmally, out of a ewe by £24,000 Connachan. He was knocked down to Allanfauld and Lurg.
The No 4, by a £10,000 Dalchirla lamb bought last year and bred from a ewe by the home-bred Gold Blend, made £15,000 selling to Dyke and Duncan MacGregor, Burnhead, Queenzieburn.
Also hitting £16,000 was the pen leader from Pole, purchased by Iain and David McArthur, Arnicle, Barr, Campbeltown. The breeding behind this transaction includes a £2800 Loughash onto a daughter of Crossflatt Spectre.
Lambs all the way from Hexham-based breeder, Paul Coulson, High Staward, met a sound trade with sons of the £150,000 Auldhouseburn lamb from 2019 making £15,000 and £12,000. Dearest was the No 3, bred from an Auldhouseburn-bred ewe purchased for 11,000gns at the in-lamb sale here several years ago. He headed home to Auldhouseburn.
The No 2 High Staward lamb made £12,000 selling to Northern Ireland breeders, Seamus Fegan and G Crawford. He is bred from a £50,000 Crossflatt-sired ewe.
Another two lambs sold for £15,000 with the first, a son of a £21,000 Auldhouseburn, from Elmscleugh, selling to Auldhouseburn. His dam is a full sister to the £85,000 Elmscleugh sold here.
Auldhouseburn sold the second £15,000 lamb, a son of a £10,000 Nunnerie bred from a ewe by that £85,000 Elmscleugh, to a quintet of Northern Ireland breeders to include K O'Mullan, C McEldowney, P McGuigan, DJ and A O'Mullan and D O'Mullan.
Just behind, on £14,000, a son of 2019s £100,000 Nunnerie shearling bought here from the Campbells at Glenrath, sold to cousins, Alan McClymont, Kirkstead Yarrow, and Sam McClymont, Tinnis, also Yarrow. His dam is also by the £85,000 Elmscleugh.
Helping to finance that purchase, Tinnis sold their best at £11,000 to Scott and Allan Lambie, Ashcraig, Selkirk and George Irving, Mountbenger, Yarrow. The pedigree behind this entry includes a £14,000 Allanfauld sire and a ewe by a £14,000 Auldhouseburn.
Charlie Harkin, son Cathal and daughter Oonagh, The Rock, Donemana, Northern Ireland, also had a good day with sales at £12,000 and £10,000. The former, by a 4800gns Stroanbrack bought at Ballymena and out of a ewe by an £11,000 Nunnerie, also sold across the Irish Sea to Stroanbrack and John Branagan
Minutes later, a son of a £35,000 Auldhouseburn, out of a £5500 Dalwyne-sired ewe made £10,000 to Robert Hamilton, Laigh Balernock, Helensburgh and Donald McVicar, Lephinchapel, Strachur.
There were smiles all round too when the Dunlops from Upper Wellwood, secured a personal best at £12,000, for a son of £22,000 Auldhouseburn, selling to J Anderson and Son, Penchrise, Hawick. His dam is by a £10,000 Upper Wellwood.
Another two lambs made £11,000 with Mary McCall-Smith, Connachan, Crieff, first selling a son of a £160,000 Dalchirla, to Auchnafree and Dalchirla, with a third share retained.
Colin McClymont, Cuil, Newton Stewart and Jack and Sheila Kay, Hartside, Lammermuir, then joined forces to buy Mrs Obie Sharp's £11,000 lamb from Longcroft, Lauder, brought out by Peter Lothian. He is by a £20,000 Happrew and out of a show ewe by a £5000 Elmscleugh.
Auctioneers: Lawrie and Symington.
Ram lambs £9000 Elmscleugh, by a £21,000 Auldhouseburn, to W Stevenson, Balrazzie; J Finlay, Blackcraig, Corsock; Loughash and A Frame, Dullator; Auldhouseburn, by a £160,000 Elmscleugh to K O'Mullan, C McEldowney, P McGuigan, DJ and A O'Mullan and D O'Mullan, all Northern Ireland.
£8500 Glenrath, by a £75,000 Dalchirla, to G McGinn, Chirmorrie, Barrhill.
£8000 Dalblair, by Bodyguard, a home-bred son of an £85,000 Elmscleugh, to Auldhouseburn.
£7500 Midlock, by £45k Nunnerie, Campbell family, Drimsynie, Lochgoilhead, R Cockburn, Hill of Errol, Perth and E Macmillan, Lurg, Fintry; Kingledores, by a £38,000 Dyke, to J Wallace, Fingland, Dalry and Mitchell family, Little Larg, New Luce.
£7000 Nunnerie, by an £18,000 Auldhouseburn, to Auldhouseburn.
£6500 Harestone, by a £60,000 Dalchirla, to D McSwiggan, Northern Ireland.
£5800 High Staward, by a £150,000 Auldhouseburn, to C Harkin, The Rock and Stoanbrack, both Northern Ireland.
Flock (No) Top (£) Average
Orchilmore (3) 20,000 7666.66
Crossflatt (4) 20,000 12,750.00
Elmscleugh (6) 15,000 5500.00
Nisbet (3) 300 283.33
Nunnerie (4) 7000 2050.00
Loughash (6) 60,000 16,716.66
Upper Wellwood (3) 12,000 4766.66
Dalblair (4) 8000 3087.50
Traquair Hill (3) 2000 1433.33
High Staward (5) 15,000 7290.00
Midlock (8) 16,000 6337.50
Connachan (5) 11,000 3260.00
Auldhouseburn (4) 15,000 8075.00
Greenside (3) 1400 966.66
The Rock (4) 12,000 6500.00
Craigdoo (4) 2000 1225.00
Milnmark (3) 2500 1866.66
Glenrath (7) 14,000 4157.14
Waterlands (3) 450 290.00
Pole (3) 16,000 5833.33
Netherwood (3) 800 600.00
Harestone (4) 70,000 19,625.00
Dalwyne (3) 4200 2406.66
Allanfauld (6) 80,000 27,866.67