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02 September 2021

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Kelso Makes a Comeback

Harrison & Hetherington, look forward to the return of the key event in the sheep industry calendar; the Solantel Kelso Ram Sales.

Leading livestock auctioneers, Harrison & Hetherington are turning their attention to the largest single day ram sale in Europe; the 2021 Solantel Kelso Ram Sales which takes place on Friday 10th September at the Border Union Showground, Kelso.

Following the cancellation of the 2020 event due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this year is set to be an even bigger event than usual as sheep farmers lavish in the freedom to travel the length and breadth of the UK, and further afield, to handpick their rams ahead of the breeding season.

Adam Grieve, Auctioneer at Harrison & Hetherington, said: “Kelso Ram Sales is a huge event for agriculture in the Scottish Borders. The quality of rams coming through the sale ring is second to none and it really is a one stop shop with so many breeds under one roof.

“Last year was challenging for everyone, but for us the Ram Sale was a very big miss. There is such a buzz about Kelso; it attracts buyers and sellers from all over Europe and I’m pleased to see it back to normal this year.”

Kelso Ram Sales date back to 1838 and nowadays sees in the region of 5,000 rams, of 20 different breeds go under the hammer. Following last year’s cancellation due to the global pandemic, the event will go ahead as normal this year with procedures in place to ensure a Covid-safe environment.

It is clear consigners are eager to see the return of the sale this year with many returning to sell their rams through one of the 15 sale rings at Kelso.

Commenting ahead of this year’s sale, Harrison & Hetherington Managing Director, Scott Donaldson, said: “It’s fantastic to see the return of Kelso Ram Sales this year. It’s a big event for everyone in the industry; whether they are buying, selling or just networking. It’s one of the only opportunities to see such a selection of top quality rams, of so many breeds, all in one place, on the same day, and we are looking forward to welcoming all our consigners and buyers once again.”