Thainstone experiences strong trade right across the board at multi-breed ram sale


Pedigree rams sold to a top price of 1300gns at Aberdeen and Northern Marts’ annual multi-breed sale at Thainstone Centre on Tuesday, September 22.
A total of 504 rams sold under the hammer to producers from Shetland to Preston, with 81 of those selling to online bidders through the Thainstone Online platform.
Colin Slessor, deputy head of livestock at Aberdeen and Northern Marts said: “All breeds of rams sold well today and attracted a good ringside of buyers adhering to guidelines, as well as a strong internet audience who were active in both sale rings.”
The majority of breed averages were up on the year, as 36 Texel shearlings cashed in to average £712.83 (+£208.68) and 106 Texel ram lambs levelled at £468.65 (+ £129.90).
Sale leader at 1300gns was a Texel shearling from Matthew Seed, Home Farm, Auchry, Cuminestown, Turriff, who sold 10 rams to average £887.25.
Selling to Orkney with Ronald Anderson, Burnside, Orphir, was a shearling by Blaencar Bono, out of a ewe by Douganhill Uno.
Mr Seed also sold the second top priced ram at 1200gns to Ronnie Wilkie, Tillboy, Echt, Westhill.
This was Auchry Cannon Ball, by Boghouse Atlanta, out of a dam by Cowal Powerhouse.
Two other shearlings from the Auchry consignment sold at 850gns apiece with the first Auchry Corker, by the 5000gns Canllefaes You Are The one, selling to Eric Mutch, Burnside of Whitefield, Forglen, Banff.

David Moir, Home Farm, Cairness, Fraserburgh, paid the same money for another son of Blaencar Bono.
The Stuart family, Milltown of Birness, Ellon, sold the top price Texel ram lamb online at 850gns to Michael Durno, Auchorachan, Glenlivet.
This was a son of Deveronvale Artios, out of a dam by Milnbank U R The One.
In the Suffolk breed, 12 shearling rams averaged £507.50 (+£1.17) and 202 ram lambs levelled at £515.32 (+£111.65).
Trade reached 1100gns for Suffolk ram lambs on three occasions, with the first from Birness selling to J Heggie, Carden Farm, Fossoway, Kinross.
This was a ram lamb by Ballynacannon Noah, out of a home-bred ewe by Crewelands Megastar.
The other two at 1100gns came from the Bruce family, who run the Lochton flock at Tillyeve, Udny, Ellon.
Selling to Stuart Hunter, West Cairnhill, Culsalmond, Insch, was a ram lamb by Knockem Big Star, while the other by Lakeview Landslide, sold to AJ Rae, Mains of Orchardtown, Udny, Ellon.
Bryden and Joanna Nicolson of Highfield Farming, The Knock, Duns, received 1000gns for a ram lamb from their Knockem flock.
This was a tup lamb by Drimmie Knockout, which sold to Willie Brown, Hilton of Culsh, New Deer, Turriff.
Craig Paterson of the Cranorskie flock at Aberchirder, sold nine Suffolk ram lambs to average £764.17 and peaked at 1000gns.
His pen leader was a son of Castleisle Capadi, out of a home-bred ewe by Lakeview No Limits, which sold to Neil Benzie, Meikle Whiterashes, Turriff.
Top price Suffolk shearling at 700gns came from the Bruce family, Tillyeve, when sold to C Wright, Prony Farm, Ballater.
Stuart Wood, Broadwater, Skene, Aberdeen, led the Beltex trade at 900gns for a shearling and 800gns for a ram lamb.
His shearling by Broxty Boxer, sold to CJ MacPherson, Dulsie Farm, Glenferness, Nairn, while the ram lamb at 800gns was purchased by Zoe Rennie, Newmill, Keith.
Melissa Irvine of the Anside flock, Braehead, Drummuir, Keith, topped the Blue Texels at 900gns when sold to the Meldrums at Shenval, Ballindalloch.
This was a shearling named Anside Dinky, by Xana Black Magic, out of a ewe by a Beili Blues sire.
Charollais ram lambs also sold well and peaked at 750gns twice for two ram lambs at Eilidh and Erin Duncan, Barnyards, Clola, Mintlaw.
The first by Ffrwd Urbane, sold to J and JS Wilkie, Raefin, Keith, while the other by Loanhead Single Malt, was knocked down to S and A Moore, Mains of Ballhall, Menmuir, Brechin.
Top price in the Border Leicester section was 1200gns for a ram lamb from Jimmy Douglas, Woodhead, Cairness, Fraserburgh.
Selling to AC Haggart, Muirmouth, Madderty, Crieff, he is by Alticane Hitman, out of a ewe by Intock Invincible.  
Meanwhile, cross-bred tups reached 950gns for a Charollais cross Beltex from Howard and Andrew Davies, Hillhead of Cannahars, Whitecairns, when sold to Faith Farms, Peattie, Inverbervie.
Bluefaced Leicesters sold to 650gns for a shearling from Matthew Seed, Home Farm, Auchry, to T and I Alexander, Slickly, Lyth, Wick.