Thainstone Ram Sale 2017

Average prices for all breeds were up on last year at Aberdeen and Northern Marts’ annual multi-breed show and sale at Thainstone Centre, Inverurie.

There were no high-flyers with all breeds meeting a steady trade and a top price of 2200gns for a Border Leicester which compares with last year’s record 5000gns for a Texel.

“We had a good ringside of buyers and sellers were more than happy with trade,” said auctioneer, Colin Slessor, the mart’s sheep manager. “Trade held up for good sheep right to the end.”

Texels sold to a top of 1600gns twice for the first prize lamb, which was champion of the show, from Robbie Wilson’s Milnbank flock at North Dorlaithers, Turriff, and the first prize shearling Willie Knox and sons, Graeme and Andrew, of Mid Haddo, Fyvie.

The champion, by the 60,000gns Strathbogie Yes Sir out of a ewe by Strathbogie Untouchable, sold to Mrs Elma Alexander, Auchenbreddie, Insch. Mr Wilson also sold another by the same sire at 1400gns to D W M Gilmour, Broomknowes, Maybole, Ayrshire.

The Knox’s shearling topper, Haddo Yorker, by Tophill Wall St and out of a ewe by Strathbogie Smokey Blue, was bought by S and Y Finnie, Newseat, Balthangie, Cuminestown. Another by the same sire realised 1100gns to the Guise Farm Partnership, Guise, Tough, Alford, and one by Ellen Valley Warlord from the same vendor was knocked down at the same price to J Gordon and Co, Waterside, Forbes, Alford.

The Strathbogie flock of James Innes and Sons, Dunscroft, Huntly, also enjoyed a strong trade selling to a top of 1200gns for a shearling by Millar’s Windbrook to Ballintomb Farms, Dulnain Bridge, Grantown on Spey, and 1000gns for one by Aman Vyrnwy Dya to Guise Farm Partnership.

Guise also paid 1000gns for another by Millar’s Windbrook from Strathbogie shepherd, Michael Leggat, who has his own small flock of five ewes at Cairnton Farm, Forgue.

Others from the Strathbogie flock sold to 850gns twice for another by the Aman sire to D and G Manson, Brodieshill, Alves, Forres, and one by Strathbogie William Wallace to A Adam and Son, Ternemy, Knock, Huntly.

Jemma Green’s successful show shearling from Corskie, Garmouth, sired by Glenside Valhalla and first at four shows during the summer and male champion at Echt, sold for 950gns to C Williamson, Kerkira, Ollaberry, Shetland.

Veteran breeder, Sandy Lee, Feurdies,Memsie, Fraserburgh, received the joint second highest price for ram lambs, selling a Stainton You Bet son at 1400gns to near neighbour, Jimmy Douglas, Woodhead, Cairness, Fraserburgh.

Mr Leggat’s reserve champion, by the £5000 Strathbogie Yes Big Boy and out of a ewe which was champion at Keith Show last year, also made a four-figure price, realising 1050gns to Guise while Steven Smith,The Byre, Sunnyhill Croft, Turriff, sold a son of Strathbogie Yes Sir at 1000gns to Alan Rae, Mains of Orchardtown, Udny.

Another by the same sire from Graham Morrison, Inchbruich, Cornhill, Banff, sold for 950gns to George and Melvin Stuart, Milltown of Birness, Ellon, and another from the same flock by Knap Yard Master made 850gns to M Georgeson, Mailland, Sand, Bixter, Shetland.

Suffolks met a very steady trade selling to a top of 850gns for the champion, a January-born ram lamb by the 2016 Royal Highland Show champion, Irongray Ironman, from Mrs Judith Lorimer, Cadgerford, Kingswells, and her son, Stuart, and 15 year old granddaughter Hannah, who presented the winner in the showring. The lamb was being shown for the first time and sold to A Williams, Wales.

Mrs Lorimer also sold another by the same sire at 800gns to P Farmer, Kjemlea, Uphouse, Cunningsburgh, Shetland. The same price was obtained by Highfield Farming Ltd, Knock, Duns, for one by Rhaeadr Rolex to G Yarr, Whitton, Glenlethnot, Edzell.

The reserve champion from Milltown of Birness by Middlemuir Maserati realised 650gns to Isla Jamieson, Roadside, North Roe, Shetland.

The top price of the sale of 2200gns was paid by Bruce Mair, buying on behalf of Christine Williams and Paul Tippets, Shifnal, Shropshire, for the Border Leicester champion from Jimmy Douglas who is convinced the breed is making a come-back with 40 new breeders joining the breed society over the past three years.

His winner was sired by Muirmonth Mustang, bred by Sandy Haggart, Muirmouth, Crieff, who is working hard to see the breed survive and prosper. Mr Douglas bought the ram from him as something of a favour last year and was pleased to see another son win the championship at the recent Lanark sale. Mr Douglas also sold another son at 1500gns to D M Walker, Laigh Alticane, Girvan, Ayrshire.

Bluefaced Leicester ram lambs sold to a top of 950gns paid by Eric Mutch, Burnside of Whitefield, Forglen, for the champion from M Seed and Son, Home Farm of Auchry, Cuminestown, and Charollais shearlings sold to 1400gns for a son of Wedrnfawr OMG from Howard and Andrew Davies, Hillhead of Cannahars, Whitecairns.

Both the champion and reserve Charollais came from Eilidh and Erin Duncan, Barnyards, Clola, Mintlaw, who sold their champion, sired by Lowerye Nevis and a first prize winner at four shows this summer, at 650gns to Emslie Livestock, Kinknockie, Mintlaw.

Champion in the Beltex section was a ram lamb from Stuart Wood’s Woodies flock at Woodhillock, Skene, which sold for 1050gns to A W Mackintosh, Tombreckachie, Glenlivet. Another from Rory Machray, Bilboa, Daviot, Inverurie, by Drumchapel Replay and out of a dam bought for 2600gns, realised the same price to Mrs Nancy Fraser, Auchnarrow, Glenlivet.

Champion other pure-bred was a Blue Texel shearling ram from W J and M Hunter, West Cairnhill, Culslamond, which sold for £1000 to D J Scott, Burnside, Marypark, Ballindalloch.


Texel – Robbie Milne, North Dorlaithers, Turriff, with ram lamb by 60,000gns Strathbogie Yes Sire and out of a ewe by Strathbogie Untouchable. ET brother sold at Kelso for £4000; res – Michael Leggat, Cairnton, Forgue, with ram lamb by £5000 Strathbogie Yes Big Boy and out of ewe which was champion at Keith last year.

Suffolk – Mrs Judith Lorimer, Cadgerford, Kingswells, with ram lamb by last year’s Royal Highland champion Irongray Ironman and out of ewe by Benrafton Bond; res – George and Melvin Stuart, Milltown of Birness, Ellon, with ram lamb by Middlemuir Maserati and out of a ewe by Jubilee Jackpot.

Bluefaced Leicester – M Seed and Son, Auchry Home Farm, Cuminestown, with ram lamb: res – J Cowe, Little Howes, Holm, Orkney, with shearling ram.

Border Leicester – Jimmy Douglas, Woodhead, Cairness, Fraserburgh, with ram lamb by Muirmouth Mustang; res – Jimmy Douglas with ram lamb by same sire

Charolais – E and E Duncan, Barnyards, Clola, Mintlaw, with shearling ram by Lowerye Nevis; res – E and E Duncan with ram lamb by Arbryn Rhodri.

Beltex – Colin G Mair and Partners, Everton of Auchry, Cuminestown, with shearling ram; Colin G Mair and Partners with ram lamb.

Any other breed – W J and M Hunter, West Cairnhill, Culsalmond, with Blue Texel shearling.


Suffolk – 28 shearling rams £520.30 (+ £60.55), 212 ram lambs £424.86 (+ £46.31)

Bluefaced Leicester – four shearling rams £513.18 (+ £103.68), four ram lambs £506.62 ((+ £86.62)

Border Leicester – eight shearing rams £142 (- £123.12), 18 ram lambs £499 (+ £303)

Texel – 94 shearling rams £610.44 (+ £65.96), 142 ram lambs £462.26 (+ £61.72)

Charolais – 11 shearling rams £623 (+ £197.28), 23 ram lambs £460.17 (+ £58.87)

Beltex – 24 shearling rams £548.63 (+ £146.13),