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NEWTON STEWART RAM SALE - Report and Photos courtesy of The Scottish Farmer Averages ­ 387 shearling rams, £707.18 (+£92.68 for 10 more sold); 111 ram lambs, £1231.80 (+£334.57 for five more). Blackface rams met a sound, steady trade at Craig Wilson's annual sale at Newton Stewart, last week, where averages again improved significantly on the year and for more sold. As always, shearlings met a level demand throughout, with the real sparks flying late on in the day for the ram lambs, and none more so than for the best from Sanny Blackwood, Greenside, Muirkirk, which came under the hammer for a whopping £26,000. And, while the lamb sale proved and out and out flyer from the start, the shearling trade also hit the headlines producing a lead price of £10,000 ­ the second highest price of the day ­ and a personal best for Gerrard McGinn, who has been farming at Chirmorrie since 2000.

Top price at Newton Stewart, this £26,000 lamb from Greenside

Setting the trade alight late on in the day at £26,000 was the pen leader from the 1100-ewe Greenside flock, which has previously produced lambs to £31,000. This was a son of an £8000 Elmscleugh bought last year in partnership with John Murray, Crossflat, at Lanark, out of a ewe by a £19,000 Glen, Gatehouse. He heads north, purchased in a four-way split between Lanarkshire breeders, John Marshall, Gosland, and Angus Kennedy, Mitchellhill, both

Broughton Biggar; John Wood, Kingledores, Tweedsmuir and Willie Graham, Craigdarroch, Sanquhar. Newton Stewart breeders, Bill Ramsay, Milnmark, and Ian Bond, Glen, Gateshouse, were the second last bidders in on this cracker.

Chirmorrie's £10,000 shearling.

The day's second best also sold to Lanarkshire boys, when the Chirmorrie No 1, a shearling son of a £4200 Elmscleugh lamb bought at Dalmally, in 2007, was bought by Billy Renwick, Glen, Innerleithen and John Campbell and Sons, Glenrath, Peebles. This big tup, which was used at home as a lamb, is out of a ewe by a £1000 Little Larg which last year bred a £1400 shearling. With the increased entry, it was close to 6pm before the sale was concluded, with some of the best lots sold within the final two hours. Included in this were three of the next four highest priced ram lambs at £8000, £7500 and £6000. Dearest was the pen leader from Larg Farming Co's 830-ewe flock, from Creetown, herded by Robin Duncan. Their best, by a £4600 Drannandow shearling bought in 2006, which has bred sons to £1400, out of a ewe by an £1800 Glenmanna, was knocked down to Charlie, Jim and Danny Mitchell, who earlier enjoyed a bumper trade for their shearling rams from Little Larg, New Luce, and the McIlwricks, of Balmurrie, New Luce.

Lamb from Larg of Creetown which sold for £8000.

The Ramsay boys ­ Bill and sons, Wilson, Jim and Colin ­ from Milnmark, Dalry, were also in the money selling lambs at £7500 and £6000. The dearer is by a home-bred son of an £8000 Clennell retained for breeding, out of a ewe by a home-bred son of the £20,000 Elmscleugh, and was shared between Graham and Colin McClymont, Cuil, Palnure, Newton Stewart, and Ian Bond, Glen, Gatehouse, whose sheep are herded by Robert MacTaggart. The first Milnmark lamb, by a £2800 Craigburn and out of a ewe by the home-bred Emperor, made £6000 selling to John Maxwell and son, Duncan, of the Jaw, Fintry, and Ben Lomond, Drymen, Stirlingshire, respectively. A team from Muirkirk, father and son Hugh and Alan Blackwood, Auldhouseburn, and John Murray, Crossflat, again flashed the cash, buying half shares in two lambs from fellow locals, Andy Woodburn and son, also Andy, from Netherwood, Muirkirk, at £5000 and £6000, respectively. The former is by Calzaghe, a £7000 Midlock-sired lamb retained for breeding out of a ewe by a £17,000 Netherwood, while the latter is by a £5500 Auldhouseburn with a £2200 Elmscleugh-sired mother. The Kays, from Gass, Straiton, ­ Jim, son Andrew and his two sons, Robert and Andrew ­ enjoyed a good day too matching the £5000 transaction, when their second lamb was knocked down to Chirmorrie and Dalreoch Farms, Colmonell. The breeding behind this classy lamb includes a homebred son of a £2200 Connachan, retained for breeding, onto a ewe by a £1000 Connachan.

Just behind, on £4000, Will Barrie, Cambret, Creetown, sold a lamb by Novo, a home-bred sheep retained for breeding by a £12,000 Milnmark, out of a ewe by a £5000 Glen, Gatehouse, to Messrs Hutchinson, Chapel, Moffat, Dumfries-shire. Jimmy and Donald MacGregor, Dyke, Milton of Campsie, also came up trumps on their first year selling lambs here, when their first made £3600 to Jim Anderson, Penchrise, Hawick, and John Carruthers, Silloans, Rochester. He is by the home-bred tup, Travis, and out of a ewe by a £1000 Allanfauld. The shearling sale got off to a good start early on in the day when the Finlay family, from Blackcraig, Corsock ­ John and Ann, daughter Kelly and son Iain ­ received £8000 from Andy Paton, Craig, Straiton, whose Blackie flock is `herded by Drew McMillan.

£8000 shearling from Blackcraig.

This was the first prize shearling from Glenkens Show, by the home-bred sheep, Noddy, which sold last year for £6000, out of a ewe by a £4000 Elmscleugh.

It was a good day for the Mitchell family too. Charlie, son Jim and his son Danny, who run 1400 ewes at Little Larg, New Luce, produced their best ever pen of shearlings, which sold to a top of £7500 and secured the day's second top shearling average at £1502 for 13.

Topper for the Mitchells from Little Larg at £7500.

Tops for them was a son of a £5800 Milnmark, shared with Balmurrie, out of a ewe by an £1100 Clanary. The buyers were Craigengillan Estates, Beoch, Loch Doon, Dalmellington, managed by Robert MacTaggart and Sam Rae; Gass, and Andrew Kay, Knockeen, Barr. Little Larg and Keith and Alasdair Brooke, Carscreugh, Glenluce, joined together to buy the pen leader from Graham and Colin McClymont's Cuil consignment from Palnure, Newton Stewart at £5500. This was Obama, a shearling son of the £11,000 Tinnis, bought in 2007, out of the 2007 interbreed sheep champion at Stranraer, a home-bred ewe by Cuil Junor. Cuil was again in the money, receiving £4000 for a son of the home-bred £2600 sheep sold last year, out of a ewe by a £10,000 Glenrath, purchased by Larg Farming Co. Top shearling price out of the Milnmark pen at £7000 was one by an £8000 Clennell, out of a ewe by a £20,000 Elmscleugh. The buyers were Jimmy Wallace, Fingland, Dalry and David Wilson, Kirkmabreck, Creetown.

Andrew Kay, Knockeen, Barr, got some cash back when he sold a son of a £12,000 Glen, Innerleithen, out of a ewe by a £9000 Glenrath, for £4800 to Glen, Innerleithen, and Glenrinnes Farms, Duffton, managed by Robert Marshall. OTHERleadingprices Shearling rams ­ £3200 ­ Drannandow Farms, by a £1000 Cambret, to Cambret. £3100 ­ Kirkmabreck, by a Blackcraig loan, to Messrs Wilson, Stobohope. £3000 ­ Midlock, by the home-bred Magners, to R Wood, West Bracklinn, Callander; Drannandow, by a homebred son of a £1700 Cuil, to R Weir, Townhead, Thornhill, Dumfries; Gass, by a £2800 Elmscleugh, to T and M Paterson, Dunruchan, Crieff; Cuil, by a £5000 Holylee, to Fingland and Kirkmabreck. £2900 ­ A Paton, Craig, by a £5500 Glen, Gatehouse, to AV Hamilton, Glenmanna. £2800 ­ Fingland, by a £2100 Gosland, to R Weir, Townhead, Thornhill, Dumfries. £2700 ­ Gass, by a £2800 Elmscleugh, to Messrs Fergusson, Barlaes, Dalry; Larg Farming Co, by an £1800 Glenmanna, to Milnmark. £2600 ­ Cuil, by a £5000 Holylee, to I and R Brown, Culmark, Dalry. £2400 ­ Dalreoch, by a Midlock, to D Morrison, Dalwyne, Barr. £2300 ­ Kirkmabreck, by a Blackcraig loan, to Messrs Logan, Brockloch, New Cumnock; Fingland, by a £3800 Cuil, to Messrs McIlwrick, Balmurrie, New Luce, Stranraer. £2200 ­ Glenrinnes Farm, by a £2200 Dalchirla, to S McClymont, Tinnis, Yarrow. £2100 ­ W Barrie, Cambret, by a £1300 Milnmark, to Glenmanna; Little Larg, by a £180 Blackcraig, to Larg Farming Co, Creetown; Little Larg, by a £300 Netherwood, to Stair Estates. £2000 ­ Glenmanna, by a £1900 Milnmark, to A McClymont, Kirkstead, Yarrow; A Brown, Corriedow, by a home-bred son of an £1800 Cuil, to M Coubrough, Whelphill, Elvanfoot; Milnmark, by an £8000 Clennel, to A Smith, Crosswoodburn, West Calder; Markdhu, by a Silent Night, a £2200 Gass, to Lagafater Farms, Barnvannoch Ram lambs ­ £3000 ­ Glenrinnes Farms, Duffton, by a £1000 Blackcraig, to Blackcraig and Marbrack; Greenside, by a £6500 Nunnerie, to Netherwood. £2700 ­ Fingland, by a £3500 R McKay, to A Murray, Stellgreen, Hexham. £2600 ­ A MacGregor, Allanfauld, by a £14,000 Dyke, to J McWhirter, Grimmet and A Paton, Craig £2500 ­ Grimmet, by a £3200 Dyke, to Drannandow Farms and Lagafater Farms, Barnvannoch. £2400 ­ Blackcraig, by an £1800 Blackcraig, to Greenside. £2100 ­ Greenside, by a home-bred son of a £17,000 Netherwood, to J Guild, Ashmark; Drannandow Farms, by £1600 Craig, to J Scott, Garchew, Bargrennan and J Ramsay, Barhaskine, Glenluce. £2000 ­ GS McClymont, Clanary, by a £5000 Blackhouse to A Kay, Knockeen, Barr.

Flock Shearling rams Glenmanna Blackcraig Grimmet Carscreugh Dranandow (No) (10) (11) (10) (11) (13) Top 2000 8000 550 1600 3200 (£) Av 09 566.00 1350.90 255.00 469.09 826.92 08 541 1154 308 198 413

Townhead (8) Midlock (6) Beoch, Loch Doon (14) Glen, Gatehouse (15) Balrazzie (7) Blackburn (8) Miltonise (8) Brighouse (6) Knockeen (7) Barhaskine (7) Blackburn (4) Cambret (11) Lochurr (4) Balker Farms (8) Lagghead (3) Little Larg (13) Corriedow (6) Laigh Alticane (8) Glenrinnes (3) Cuil (13) Mossdale (5) Garroch (6) Garchew (10) Craignell (4) Drumbuie (5) Craigdarroch (7) Culmark (3) Gass (12) Chirmorrie (7) Balkissock (5) Kirkmabreck (6) Milnmark (20) Larg, Creetown (17) Mitchellslacks (4) Fingland (8) Balmurrie (4) Clonrae (5) Knockdon, Straiton (6) Markdhu (6) Dalreoch (5) Barnvannoch (4) Ram lambs Dyke (3) Grimmet (3) Nether Cleugh (3) Fingland (5) Blackcraig (3) Gass, Straiton (5) Corriedow (3) Clanary (6) Oakwell (5) Glen, Gatehouse (4) Craignell (4)

1200 3000 1500 1200 1600 420 620 700 4800 450 900 2100 900 1700 1000 7500 2000 480 2200 5500 520 240 1000 700 850 1100 100 3000 10,000 500 3100 7000 2900 140 2800 850 540 1050 2000 2400 520 3600 2500 80 2700 2400 5000 160 2000 80 550 1600

467.50 1330.00 398.57 586.67 632.86 232.50 250.00 476.66 797.14 247.14 435.00 898.18 450.00 622.50 580 1502.30 1066.67 307.50 973.33 1475.38 260.00 173.33 564.00 440.00 474.00 761.43 100.00 844.16 1651.43 208.00 1388.33 1138.50 700.00 120.00 937.50 397.50 264.00 285.00 496.67 912.00 420.00 1346.66 1483.33 80.00 856.00 980.00 1684.00 126.67 940.00 54.00 402.50 787.50

320 624 684 949 713 250 207 276 600 166 250 693 193 468 233 391 408 501 ­ 1036 ­ ­ 384 333 193 803 293 714 589 148 669 1747 1077 274 618 516 360 360 265 296 356

395 ­ ­ ­ 1603 721 240 333 ­

Craig, Straiton Carscreugh Allanfauld Cambret Dalwyne High Croach Greenside Glenrinnes Milnmark Larg, Creetown

(5) (3) (3) (4) (4) (3) (4) (3) (7) (4)

450 414.00 300 173.33 2600 960.00 4000 1135.00 1000 575.00 1900 803.33 26,000 7970 3000 1440.00 7500 2262.85 8000 2230.00

700 ­ 900 ­ ­ ­ 2190 ­ 2129 440

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