Cheviot Hill rams were well sought after at Lockerbie yesterday when they sold to a top call of 16,000gns for one from Welsh breeders Cnewr Estate, Brecon.
Their sale topper was a shearling by Catslack Welsh Choice which sold in a two-way split to I H G Warden, Skelfhill Farm, Hawick, and W A Fleming, Hislop, Hawick.
Following at 11,000gns was a shearling from local enthusiasts J Common and Son, Crossdykes, Lockerbie. At the pre-sale judging, this ram was a member of the winning group and also received the second prize rosette in the shearling class. He was knocked down to a shared purchase of L W Goodfellow, Townfoot Farm, Biggar, and J Robertson and Sons, Langholm.
Also from the Crossdykes pen of Messrs Common came the next leading price at 7000gns. This was shearling which had also been part of the winning Crossykes group. He caught the eye of Stirkfield Farms, Biggar.
The top price entry from the Catslackburn pen of W N Douglas, Yarrow, sold for 6000gns. This was a shearling sired by Kale Zagnar and was purchased by Messrs Common and Son for their Crossdykes flock.
Messrs Robertson also recouped some of the their outlay when taking 5000gns for a son of Kale JR which sold to R H Paton, Gateslack, Thornhill.
The Upper Hindhope flock of W J Douglas and Son, Jedburgh, produced the next to price tag at 4500gns. This homebred ram Kale Botsworth is a son of Mainside Merryman and was purchased by J Hepburn and Co, Crosscleugh, Selkirk.
Coming from the same Cnewr Estate pen as the top price ram was a shearling selling for 4000gns. This was another by Catslack Welsh Choice and sold to W N Douglas for their Catslackburn flock.
Average; 301 rams £746.84 (Harrison and Hetherington).