Kintyre’s super sheep sale

Gavin Semple parades a Blue Faced Leicester in the ring at Kintyre's September sale. 25_c38sheepsale04

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C&D Auction Marts Ltd, in conjunction with the Kintyre Agricultural Society, held their annual sale of rams and females in Anderston Park on Friday September 15.

A good day ensured a large crowd of buyers, and local farmers saved on time by buying on their doorstep. A near total clearance in all sections was had, with 87 rams and 226 females on offer. The best quality rams sold at very high rates, with others as of last year.

Females were in demand and many more could be sold to the vendors’ advantage.

The sale topped at £600 twice for Suffolk shearlings from T Cameron, Gartvaigh selling to regular buyer Messrs Millar, High Cattadale. Charollais to £580 and £550 from Messrs Parkhouse, Inverae Cottage to Messrs Barbour, Keil and Messrs MacKinnon, Cleongart respectively.

Texels peaked at £500 from Mr McKendrick, High Dalroich to Messrs Lines,

Killocraw, with Blue Faced Leicester’s easily sold to £450 from P Grumolli to Messrs Millar, Auchaleek.

Females topped at £125 for a pen of North Country Cheviot gimmers from Sue Francis, Balure to Messrs Gemmill, Ifferdale.

Principal prices

Shearling rams:

Suffolk: £600 (x2), £480 (x2) Gartvaigh, £450 Glenehervie.

Charollais: £580, £550, £500 (x2) Inverae Cottage.

Texel: £500, £480, £300 (x3) High Dalroich, £300 Arnicle.

Blue Faced Leicester: £450, £420, £400 Mill Knowe, £420, £400 (x2) Killkeddan.

Beltex: £400, £300 Low Tirfergus.

North Country Cheviot: £280, £250 Balure.

Blackface: £200 (x2) Arnicle.

Females:

Ewes: Blackface – £78 High Street.

Shearlings:

North Country Cheviot – £125 Balure.

Mule – £108, £100 Skernish.

Texel – £100 Kildalloig.

Blackface – £98 Brennanlea, £95 High Street.

Ewe lambs:

Blue Texel – £95 Low Ranachan.

Mule – £68, £60 Skernish.

Blackface – £48, £45 Coulinlongart.