Strong trade for North Country Cheviot and multi-breed rams at Caithness Livestock Centre


North Country Cheviot rams met a strong demand at the annual sale held at Aberdeen and Northern Marts’ Caithness Livestock Centre on Friday, where a top price of £4100 was paid for a shearling from Cairnside.
The event, held in conjunction with the North Country Cheviot Society, saw more than 50 registered buyers flock to Quoybrae, as well as an additional 20 online bidders which were active throughout the sale.
Aberdeen and Northern Marts’ auctioneer Stuart Slesser, said: “Producers were selective in their bidding today but were prepared to pay big money for the best of tups. We had buyers present from Northern Ireland and Wales, and saw nine tups sell on our online platform to producers from all corners of the country.”
A total of 54 rams cashed in to average £997.59, which is up £166.04 on the year for four less sold.
Sale leader at £4100 was Cairnside Am Your Man from Alan Simpson’s Cairnside flock at 36 Oldhall Watten, Wick.
Selling to Northern Ireland with JS Armstrong, Leam House, Tempo, Enniskillin, was a shearling by Biggins Warrior, out of a Cairnside ewe by Longoe Statesman.
Johnnie Campbell from Bardnaclavan, Bridge of Westfield, Thurso, enjoyed a tremendous trade when he sold 10 shearlings to average £1830.
Dearest from his pen was Bardnaclavan Ace, which sold for the second top price on the day of £4000.
By Wester Tamnavulin, he sold in a two-way split to Alan Simpson, Cairnside, and J and M Crowe, Overton, Mid Clyth, Lybster.

Three sons of Longoe Whistler made £3300, £2400 and £2100, with the dearest Bardnaclavan Armani, selling to Alan Mackay, South Balkeith, Tain, and Bardnaclavan Apache, realising £2400 to Donald Campbell, Mill Farm, Thrumster. 
The latter at £2100 sold to Wales with DSG Davies, Godre Garth, Llanddewibrefi, Tregaron, while Morrison and Mustard, Hillhead, Birnie, Elgin, paid £2000 for Bardnaclavan Assasin, by Sebay Vermount.
James Allan from Durran Mains, Castletown, Thurso, topped at £3600 for the shearling named Durran Ace. 
He is by Biggins Wizard, out of a home-bred ewe by Bardnaclavan Terminator, and was knocked down to Johnnie Campbell, Bardnaclavan and J and J Smith, Upper Conquoy, Holm, Orkney.
The Baillie family, Sebay, Tankerness, Orkney, sold to a top of £2200 for Sebay Almighty.
By Harestone Woohoo, this shearling also sold to Johnnie Campbell, Bardnaclavan, and J and J Smith, Upper Conquoy.
Also selling at £2200 was Longoe Admiral from The Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust’s Longoe flock, Thurso.
By Balkeith Vital Spark, out of a home-bred ewe by Siddyquoy Ransom, he sold to Andrew Gunn, 3 Upper Dounreay, Thurso.
Henry Mill and son Alick, from Achscrabster, Bridge of Westfield, received £2000 for Achscrabster Awwesome, by Upper Cornquoy Vigour, when purchased by Neil Barclay, Harestone, Banchory, and Stewart Sleigh, St Johns Wells, Fyvie.
The Caithness Sheep Breeders’ Association’s multi-breed ram sale held on the Thursday evening, reached a top of £1600 for a Texel shearling from the Sutherland family’s 60-ewe flock at Stainland and Sibmister Farms, Castletown, Thurso.
A total of 99 rams sold through the ring and saw all averages up on the year, with 61 Texels cashing in at £547.05 (+£60.18 on the year for 28 more sold) and 33 Suffolks levelling at £636.36 (+£72.70 for the same).
The online bidding platform attracted 25 registered bidders, with 21 tups selling online to producers from Caithness, Orkney and Shetland.
Sale leader from Kenneth Sutherland and sons, Stephen and Kenneth, was a shearling by the 4500gns Garngour You Cracker, out of a dam by the 9000gns Arkle War Wagon.
He sold to R and A Mackintosh, Glengolly, Thurso.
The Sutherland family sold two other Texel shearlings at £900 which both sold to RW Innes, Stirkoke Mains, Wick.
Next best at £1500 was the first ram through the ring from Johnnie Campbell, Bardnaclavan.
Selling to W and G Coghill, Balnahard, Harpsdale, Halkirk, was a Texel shearling by Brackenridge Asterix.
Two other Texel shearlings made £900, with the first from DJ and M Allan, Durran Mains, Castletown, Thurso, selling to William Barnetson and Sons, Lynegar, Watten, Wick, and the second by Cornmore Yellow Jack, from John Forbes, Boultach, Latheron, to J and MH Brims, Thuster Mains, Bilbster, Wick.
Suffolk rams peaked at £1100 for a shearling by Landale Crusader from Bruce Swanson, East Murkle, Murkle, Thurso, which was knocked down to J Ross, Ankerville, Nigg Station, Tain.
East Murkle also sold another Suffolk shearling at £850 to Hamish Pottinger, Greenland Mains, Castletown.
A strong consignment of Suffolk shearlings from William Barnetson and sons, James and Will, cashed in to average £710 and sold to a top of £850 when purchased by Hamish Pottinger, Greenland Mains.
Meanwhile, a Suffolk from Stainland and Sibmister Farms, sold for £800 to J and L Mackay, Hillhead, Lybster, who also purchased a Bluefaced Leicester from the same home for £600.