North Country Cheviot trade at Lairg on Tuesday saw rams peak at £17,000 for one from Robert MacDonald, Castle Grant Home Farm, and gimmers sell to a high of £200/head from Ted Fox, Elsdonburn.
Trade in the gimmers was up by more than £8 on the year, with the ewe average falling by just shy of £2.
The day’s ram sale topper set a new centre record in the process of taking the sale’s top call and sold in a two-way split to Ted Fox, Elsdonburn, and Charlie Symons, Attonburn.
Other leading prices in the rams included one from Stoophill at £12,000, one from Charlie Symons, Attonburn at £8000 and a £7000 call for the best from Ted Fox Elsdonburn. Another from Attonburn then traded at £6500, while on from Brackside made £5500, as did another from Elsdonburn, with another from the same home at £4500.
In the females the gimmers were led at £200/head by Elsdonburn with pens from South Balkeith at £195 and £180, a pen from Heathmount at £180 and another pen from Elsdonburn at the same money.
Warranted ewes the topped at £170/head for a pen from J Moffat, Forrest Farm, Criok, with other pens at £155 for Achentoul and £150/head for Armadale.
Averages; 5275 ewes £77.34, 1066 gimmers £131.40, 277 rams £952 (United Auctions).