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Blackface sell to £60,000 at Dalmally

AVERAGES increased for both ram lambs and shearlings at the Blackface Sheep Breeders’ Association ram sale at Dalmally, where 170 lambs sold to average £2504.65 (+£679.65) and 467 shearlings levelled out at £1379.83 (+£49).

The event – which was back in its traditional home after the pandemic forced its relocation to Stirling Mart last year – saw trade peak at £60,000, for a shearling ram (pictured) from Jimmy and Donald MacGregor, Dyke, Milton of Campsie.

Eclipsing the Dyke flock’s previous top of £42,000, achieved at Lanark last year, this one is by the same sire as that lamb, a £17,000 Midlock. The dam, meanwhile, is a daughter of the past Royal Highland Show champion, Dyke Starbuck, a son of £24,000 Elmscleugh. He was knocked down at £60,000 to Willie Dunlop and sons Quintin and William, Elmscleugh, Dunbar.

Second top in the shearlings, at £48,000, was the best from the Wight family’s Midlock consignment from Crawford, which sold in a three-way split to the Finlays at Blackcraig, Corsock; the Kays at Gass, Straiton and the MacGregors at Allanfauld, Kilsyth. He is by a £45,000 Nunnerie, which was bought in 2019 alongside Dalchirla and Dyke, while the dam is a show ewe by the home-bred sire Hawkeye, a £35,000 Dalchirla son.

Also from Midlock, another shearling son of the £45,000 Nunnerie, out of a ewe by £25,000 Elmscleugh, sold at £15,000, to David Morrison, Dalwyne, Barr.

Ian Hunter’s Dalchirla consignment always proves popular at Dalmally and this year was no exception, with several lots hitting the five-figure bracket. Top in the shearlings at £35,000, was one by the same sire as the £200,000 record-breaking lamb sold last year, a home-bred son of Dalchirla Boris. Out of a ewe by £24,000 Elmscleugh, he sold jointly to Robert Cockburn, Hill of Errol, and Ewen Macmillan, Lurg, Fintry.

Other shearlings from Dalchirla, sons of the £45,000 Nunnerie, sold at £14,000, to Willie and Billy Graham, Craigdarroch and Una Graham, Kirkland, Sanquhar; and £10,000 to Glenmore Estate, Co Donegal.

Over in the lamb ring, a total of 12 lambs reached five-figure prices, with one from Hugh and Alan Blackwood, Auldhouseburn, Muirkirk, leading the trade at £30,000. That one is by a £15,000 High Staward, while the dam is a daughter of £160,000 Dalchirla. He sold to Billy and Andrew Renwick, Blackhouse, Yarrow; Richard Carruthers, Merkland, Thornhill; and John Carruthers, Silloans, Rochester.

Another from Auldhouseburn made £18,000, selling to Northern Ireland buyers – Messrs O’Mullan, McEldowney and McGuigan. He is sired by last year’s £70,000 Harestone, out of a ewe by £160,000 Elmscleugh.

The Wights continued their success in the lamb ring, with the best of their Midlock Glespin consignment selling at £28,000, to Glenmore Estate, Ireland. Out of a daughter of a £6000 Auldhouseburn, he is sired by the £200,000 Dalchirla, which Midlock bought last year with Allanfauld and Glenrath, while Dalchirla retained a quarter share.

Keeping that quarter share of that one proved worthwhile for Dalchirla, with Ian Hunter selling a son at £24,000, also to Glenmore Estate. That one is out of a ewe by the home-bred Boris.

Matching that price, another from Dalchirla made £24,000, selling in a two-way split to the MacGregors’ Dyke flock and the Dunlops’ Elmscleugh flock. His sire is a home-bred son of £160,000 Dalchirla, while the dam is by a £24,000 Connachan.

At £16,000, another by a home-bred son of £160,000 Dalchirla, out of a ewe by a £10,000 Nunnerie, sold to Messrs McKay, Thurso, while a son of £20k Crossflatt from Dalchirla, out of a ewe by £24,000 Connachan, sold at £11,000 to Northern Ireland buyers Brian Devine, Donemana; John Harkin, Loughash; and Messrs Devine, Strabane.

Leading the way for John Murray, Crossflatt, Muirkirk, was a £22,000 bid for a son of the 30,000gns McCurdy lamb, bought at Ballymena last year. Out of a ewe by Tornado, he sold to Billy McFarlane, Drumgrange, Patna, and James McCurdy, Broughshane.

Leading the Elmscleugh consignment at £10,000, was a lamb by last year’s £80,000 Allanfauld, out of a ewe by £45,000 Midlock, which sold to Messrs Devine and Harkin, Northern Ireland.

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