The annual North Country Cheviot in lamb show and sale held at Lockerbie Market saw a crowded ringside of buyers from Caithness to South Wales resulting in quality sheep easily finding new homes.
Top price of the day came from W & J Thomson, Hownam Grange with a smart gimmer which sold for £1800. Sired by the 2016 Royal Highland Show Reserve Breed Champion Philiphaugh Shotgun and out of a very good Hownam Grange Wee Tam sired ewe this gimmer had been scanned in lamb to £2800 Synton Vesper.
Another from Hownam Grange sold at £1600, this was 1st prize gimmer and Reserve Park Champion. She was also in lamb to Synton Vesper but this time sired by the Gilston ram 11532. Both these were purchased by Derbyshire enthusiast James Burton, Ilamtops Farm.
At £1100 was a 1 crop ewe from Martin Taylor’s flock. Sired by Ericstane the Real McCoy this ewe had won 3rd prize gimmer at the Royal Highland Show in 2016. She was sold in lamb to Belmaduthy Superstyler and purchased by AF Rushton, Freshfields Farm, Derbyshire.
In the Hill section Kelsocleugh Farming Company topped at £1100 to Messrs R McKenzie & Son, Inverness. This was for their 1st prize gimmer and Champion in the Hill section, 10039, sired by Bedshiel Rockall and in lamb to Kelso Vichancelor.
Local breeders CR Graham & Sons of Carruthers sold their 2nd prize winning gimmer for £1000. Sired by Gospelhall Strongbow this gimmer was scanned in lamb to Philiphaugh Tam O’Shanter and also purchased by James Burton.
The best of the ewe lambs at £1000 came from KO Stones from Richmond. This Allanshaws Nutter sired lamb had won 1st prize in the pre sale show and went on to be purchased by D Beech of Derbyshire.
Averages – 9 Ewes £483.00, 35 Shearling Gimmers £474.58, 25 Ewe Hoggs £262, Overall £398.70