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Hugh and Alan Blackwood, Auldhouseburn, topped the Blackface Sheepbreeders Association female show and sale at Lanark last weekend at 6,5000gns with a one-crop ewe, by £14, 000, Elmscleugh out of a Midlock ewe.  Placed third in her class by judge, Robert Kay, Straiton, it sold carrying twins to Hilmar Eide, Norway.
The Blackwoods also sold a gimmer, by £26,000 Crossflat, out of a McTavish dam, which was carrying a single to Bolt, for 3,800gns to Robbie and Paul Coulson, Hexham.
The second top price was 6,000gns for a gimmer from John and Charlie Harkin, Loughash, Northern Ireland. By £6,500 Midlock, out of a McRea dam and carrying twins to £60,000 Dalchirla, it sold to a County Galway buyer. The Loughashs also sold a one-crop ewe, by £6,500 Midlock out of a £4,500 Auchloy ewe, also in-lamb with twins to £60,000 Dalchirla, for 4,000gns, to a buyer in County Cork.
Ewen McMillan, Lurg, Fintry sold a two-crop ewe, a daughter of £9,000 Lurg out of a Dalchirla bred ewe, and in-lamb to £60,000 Dalchirla for 2,800gns to C.C. MacArthur and Co, Nunnerie, Elvanfoot. Mr McMillan also sold the reserve champion, for 2,200gns.  Another two-crop ewe, this time by The Apprentice, out of a £2,000 Midlock ewe, also carrying twins to £60,000 Dalchirla, it sold to John Harkin.
Billy Renwick and sons, Andrew and Steven, Blackhouse, Yarrow achieved their best price ever of 2,500gns for a daughter of £65,000 Auldhouseburn, out of a £30,000 Glenrath ewe, carrying twins to a home-bred son of £55,000 Connachan, which sold to Elliot Bowman, Islay.
Andy and son Andy Woodburn, Muirkirk, sold a three-crop ewe, Beyonce, which had been supreme champion at Muirkirk show, 2011 and open champion in 2010 for 2,200gns. By Cazaghe, out of a £17,000 Netherwood ewe and in-lamb with twins, to £4,800 Dalchirla, it sold to Glenree Farmers, Isle of Arran.
The pre-show champion, a gimmer, by Jings out of a McCallan dam, from Mary McCall Smith, Crieff, sold carrying twins to a grandson of £18,000 Midlock, to judge, Robert Kay, for 2,000gns.

32 gimmers, £1,350.23 (+£481.35); 12 ewes, £2,056.25 (-£271.60).

Auctioneers Lawrie and Symington.


Top price far at Stirling today is 28,000gns for the senior and supreme champion, Elgin Glenlivet, by Elgin Davinci, from the Milne family, Elgin. The buyers were the Balmyle, Newhouse and Bathayock herds.

Next at 26,000gns is Burradon Garibaldi, by Gwenog Banjo, from Chris Curry, Morthpeth. Mr Curry also had the next top price of 22,00gns for another by Banjo, Burradon Goldenballs.

The Charolais supreme championship at Stirling has gone to the senior champion, Elgin Glenlivet, by Elgin Davinic from R.A. Milne, Elgin, which was a winner at the Royal Highland Show last summer.  Runner up was the reserve senior champion, Dundas Godfather, by Maedy Uniroyal, from J.M. Gilchrist, Biggar.

The intermediate championship went to Inverlochy Gurkha, by Balmyle Bollinger, from J. Irvine, Keith and the junior championship to Thrunton Goshawk, by Balmyle Dickler, from J.H.C. Campbell, Alnwick.

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A new record for a Simmental has been set at here at Simmental when the overall and senior champion, Bel Dhu Capercaillie, sold for 45,000gns. Consigned by the MacPherson family, Croy, Inverness, it is by Hockenhull Waterloo, which was the top price bull at 16,000gns at Stirling in 2009, and is the first calf from Blackford Wagtail, by Kilbride Farm Strabane.


The buyers were the judge, Iain Green of the Corksie herd and Andrew Anderson of Smallburn Farms, Elgin both of whom described their purchase as the best Simmental bull they had ever seen.

THE second leg the Stirling bull sales have kicked off this morning with the Simmental classes.

Iain Green of the Corksie herd has awarded the supreme championship to the MacPherson family, Croy, Inverness, with their senior champion, Bel Dhu Capercaillie 11, by Hockenhull Waterloo, who was bought for the top price of 16,00gns at Stirling in 2009. He is out of the heifer, Blackford Wagtail.

In reserve was the reserve senior champion, Islavale Chip, by Glenturk Premier, from Stewart Stronach, Keith. The intermediate championship went to Annick Clansman, by Skerrington Visa, from L.D. Quarm, Irvine and the junior championship to H.C. Stubbs and A.A. Burleigh, Ballindarragh with Derrycallaghan Crystal Star by Omorga Regan.

Stirling Sim ring The Barlow family, Preston, took the female championship for the fourth time in as many attempts with the April 2010-born, Denizes Cadette 29, by Ashland Tornado.

Hopes Auction Company, Wigton, have announced that their new market facility on Syke Road to the south east of Wigton is now complete. The first sale will be on Tuesday March  5 with a show and sale of primestock with numerous classes and a total prize money fund of £2500.

This will be followed on Thursday March 7 with a show and sale of store cattle with generous prize money.  The Young Persons Cattle competition will once again be held this year with the qualifying sales for the purchase of cattle being held on March, 7 and 21and April 4.

The official opening will be held later in the spring.