Sale record broken twice within two minutes

Kevin MacIntyre, Glenahervie, in the ring; he broke his own £900 record, set last year, with the sale's first ever four-figure price achieved, before the next tup, from Thomas Cameron, Gartvaigh, broke the record again.
Kevin MacIntyre, Glenahervie, in the ring; he broke his own £900 record, set last year, with the sale's first ever four-figure price achieved, before the next tup, from Thomas Cameron, Gartvaigh, broke the record again.

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The first four-figure price was achieved at the annual Kintyre sheep sale, held at Anderston Park last Saturday by C & D Auction Marts of Longtown for Kintyre Agricultural Society (KAS).

An excellent entry of 100 tups of all breeds was forward and attracted a large audience who enjoyed favourable weather.

The honours were taken by a Suffolk shearling from Thomas Cameron, Gartvaigh, Southend, which sold at £1,100, a record for this sale, to R Millar, High Cattadale.

Mr Millar took another Suffolk shearling, the one directly prior, from Kevin MacIntyre, Glenahervie, at £1,000, a price which broke Mr MacIntyre’s own record of £900 set last year.

Suffolk tups averaged £686 overall.

A hundred tups and 580 breeding and store sheep were entered.

A strong pen of Beltex and Beltex cross shearling rams from R & J Lines, Killocraw, Bellochantuy, made to £950 for a shearling bought by Kirk and Calvert Smith, Oatfield, Campbeltown.

Messrs Lines also had a sale at £900 to A McLean, Killeonan, Campbeltown and another at £700, averaging £592 for their consignment.

A Beltex two-shear from I McKendrick, High Dalrioch, realised £780 and the Beltex entry averaged £510 overall.

J & M Turner, Kildalloig, led the Bluefaced Leicesters with a traditionally-bred shearling at £700 to R Currie, Low Dunashery, Tayinloan, followed at £650 for a shearling from P Grumoli, Millknowe, with other Bluefaced Leicesters from Kildalloig at £600, Millknowe at £580 and Dalbhraddan and Millknowe each at £550.

Texels met a strong level trade, averaging £403 with A & J Pirie, Macrihanish, having two at £520 and another at £480 and I McKendrick, High Dalrioch, with two at £480. Two from Braeside each made £450.

J Parkhouse, Inverae, had three Charollais shearlings, each at £500 and hill tups made to £320 for a Blackface from Laggan View. Overall, shearling tups averaged £432.

The sale of 580 breeding and store sheep saw a centre record again achieved when a pen of 15 Scotch Mule gimmer shearlings from P McKerral, Island View, Bellochantuy, attracted lively competition and sold for £260.

Blackface gimmers, too, sold well making to £175 from M Huysamer, Laggan View, Drumlemble.

Other cross gimmers made to £155, Fernoch and £135, Island View. Other Blackface gimmers: £165, Brennanlea; £160 and £135 High Dalrioch; £135 Laggan View. Blackface ewe lambs: £78, Coulinlongart. Blackface ewes: £88, £78 and £68.

Cheviot Mule gimmers: £130, Tiretigan. Mule ewe lambs to £122, Low Ranachan. Texel cross ewe lambs: £100, Brackley Parks. Store lambs: £85, Crubasdale.

Auctioneer John Walton in action on Saturday.
Auctioneer John Walton in action on Saturday.

The directors of KAS thanked everyone who entered sheep for the sale on Saturday and those who came from near and far to buy the excellent stock on display.

The next Kintyre sale will be on Monday October 25 and will also include farm machinery.

Contact KAS secretary John Armour with any entries by emailing tirfergus01@btconnect.com or telephoning 01586 810231 during the day or 01586 552404 in the evening.