Border’s Christmas Cracker Sale Returns – Tuesday 4th December

29th November 2018

On Tuesday 4th December 2018, Harrison and Hetherington are hosting their annual Christmas Cracker show and prime stock sale, at Newtown St Boswells Auction Mart.

This is a sale which offers butchers from across both the Central Belt, Scottish Borders and the North of England excellent opportunity to buy the very best of prime lambs and cattle for the festive period.

Annually attracting many entries of livestock, this year’s sale includes prime cattle and prime sheep. In the region of 43 pairs of lambs and 49 head of cattle will be presented in front of a number of prominent butchers and wholesalers. The show of cattle will commence at 3pm, following with the sale of sheep at 5pm. The sale of the cattle will follow the sheep sale.

Since the commencement in 2012, the Christmas Cracker Sale is recognised as a key annual sale within the Scottish Borders. This year’s sponsors include The Royal Bank of Scotland, Humber Palmers, Roxan Tags, Tarff Valley Ltd, Lloyd Ltd and Thomas Sheriff & Co Ltd.

Judging the cattle classes is Mr Craig Tulloch of WP Tulloch, Paisley and Louise Forsyth from Forsyths of Peebles. The sheep classes will be judged by Robert Wilson Butchers of Edinburgh.

Speaking ahead of the sale, Adam Grieve, Auctioneer for Harrison and Hetherington, said:

“This sale truly showcases the excellent stock that we’re producing – and of course, with a festive atmosphere.

The Christmas Cracker sale is the best of the December sales here at St Boswells, and we are expecting a packed showring with the many people who support the mart throughout the year, including all the local farmers.

This sale is also one for the butchers and wholesalers, it provides an outstanding opportunity for those to come and purchase the best quality stock, and gives them brilliant publicity, ultimately supporting the farmers that are supplying the stock across the year.”

The closing date for entries for this year’s Christmas Cracker Sale is Thursday 29th November at 5PM and each animal can only be shown in one class.

For those wishing to enter sheep and cattle, please contact Harrison and Hetherington on 01835 822214 or visit their website at