South Country Cheviots to 1,500gns

At Longtown on Tuesday, C & D Auction Marts Ltd. conducted the inaugural show and sale of select breeding females for the Cheviot Sheep Society on Wednesday 23rd February 2022.

A small but high quality entry attracted an enthusiastic response from the large attendance of breed afficionados supported by some strong online bidding.

25 head sold to average £689 overall with ewes levelling at £801, gimmer shearlings at £750 and ewe hoggs £230.

The judge, David Smith from Middleton of Glasclune, Blairgowrie selected his champion from W.N. Douglas`s Catslackburn pen and bought this ewe for 1,400gns.  She is a one crop by Castle Demon and in-lamb to a £10,000 Becks ram.  At 1,000gns Mr Smith also bought the reserve champion, a Hindhope Landmark gimmer in-lamb to the £6,500 Castle Gatecrasher from Mrs L.G. Luescher, Megdale, Westerkirk.

Topping the sale at 1,500gns was a 2nd prize four crop ewe from R.H. Paton, Castle Crawford.  By Castle Animosity and in-lamb to £5,000 Crossdykes Quality Street, she sold to J. Hume & Son, Sundhope, Yarrow.  Castle Crawford also sold a two crop ewe and a gimmer each at 1,000gns and another gimmer at 950gns with an average for their pen of £1,168.

J. Common & Son, Crossdykes sold a one crop ewe by Stirkfield Zoomer and in-lamb to the £20,000 Becks Revolution at 1,300gns.  After spirited bidding to J. Robertson & Son, Becks.  From the Drylea flock of E. Randall, Drycleughlea, a 3rd prize shearling by Mountbenger Zambia went to T. Aitchison, North Shortcleugh at 1,250gns, the top price in the gimmer section.  Next in the gimmer line-up was a 1,050gns daughter of Townfoot Showman from I.H.G. Warden, Skelfhill.  In-lamb to Catslackburn Invincible, she sold to J. MacKay, Strathy, Sutherland. Messrs Warden also sold the top price and 1st prize geld ewe hogg at 420gns.