Attonburn On-Farm Dispersal Sale – 30 September

20th September 2017

Sale of Champion Breeding North Country Cheviot Sheep and Immaculate Machinery to go under the Hammer at Borders Farm

Harrison & Hetherington are delighted to have been invited to conduct a dispersal sale on behalf    Charles and Mary Symons at Attonburn Farm in the Bowmont Valley, near Yetholm, Kelso on Saturday 30th September.

This retirement sale on behalf of these well-known Roxburgh farmers, will feature championship standard breeding North Country Cheviot sheep, along with very high quality tractors, machinery and sheep handling equipment.  The sale will commence at 12 noon with the sale of small tools, followed at 1.00pm with the livestock and heavy machinery.

Attonburn Farm is well known for the line of Hill Type North Country Cheviots that have been bred there for over 25 years. The sale of sheep will consist of 320 North Country Cheviot Gimmers, and 200 NC Cheviot Ewes – all young sheep with impeccable breeding. During the sale, one of the Gimmers will be auctioned specifically to raise money for Doddie Weir’5 Discretionary Trust.

Scott Donaldson, Sales Director of Harrison & Hetherington, will be auctioneer on the day says: “It is an honour to be asked to conduct this sale on Charles and Mary’s retirement. I have known Charles and Mary for a very long time and to be involved in their dispersal sale at Attonburn is both a pleasure and a sadness.

“The Attonburn flock of North Country Cheviot sheep is renowned and all of the stock for sale is in peak condition, so we are expecting there to be considerable interest. I would also like to add that the standard of machinery in the sale is quite exceptional, in terms of quality and condition.”

All the farm’s sheep have come from the best bloodlines, using very successful cheviot rams. Needless to say, its breeding stock when sold are in demand and the most noted Attonburn Grand Slam sold for £12,000 in 2010, which was then a record price for the breed. Their greatest achievement in showing champions was in 2004 when Charles and Mary won best male and female championships at the Highland Show.

Charles says: “Ever since we moved to Attonburn choice of tups has been very important to us, and through a careful and considered selection we have maintained a steady and consistent breeding policy over the years. As such all of the sheep being sold are bred from the very best of bloodlines.”

Some of the key items going under the hammer in the machinery sale are two John Deere Tractors [6630 (1500 hrs) and 6125R (1800 hrs) models], a New Holland BR6090 round baler (13,000), New Holland 940 square baler, 3 Yamaha 450 Grizzly quad bikes along with 3 quad bike trailers. There is also an extensive range of stock feeding and handling equipment, a Glendale Engineering mobile sheep handling unit and a range of small tools and troughs.

All of the farm machinery and equipment was bought new and has been very well maintained, and the tractors and grass harvesting machinery have all been dealer-serviced in advance of the sale.

Attonburn has also championed the successful Luing cattle since the Symons took over, and Charles has been very active in the Luing Cattle Society. Retirement will not mean an end to his interest in livestock, as he will be continuing to work for the Society as fieldsman when they move to their new home near Linton.

More information about the sale can be obtained from Harrison and Hetherington at St Boswells Mart 01835822214. Details are also on the H&H website at