There may be more cash in the sheep sector currently, but buyers attending Kelso tup sales this year were being selective in the rams they were bidding for.
The overall average for the sale was a record £649 per head with 4,457 rams sold. This was £27 a head above last year’s average and it gave a sale total of £2.89 million.
However, Jack Clark, of auctioneers John Swan Ltd, said that buyers were looking for the better sheep and, with just over 10 per cent going home unsold, he added there were just too many tups forward for the demand.
For Maurice and Catherine Hardy-Bishop, Grey Peel, Jedburgh, it was a sale to remember, as their top Texel shearling made a sale breed record price of £15,000, before being knocked down to a trio of buyers – Bruce Goldie, Mouswald, Dumfries; Ted Fox, Elsdonburn, Wooler; and Redhead and Watson, Bowsden Moor, Berwick-upon-Tweed.
The record-breaker was one of the top performance rams in the breed and earlier this summer had taken the top prize at the Border Union show.
Bowsden and Watson were back in the limelight when their own pen went through the sale ring as their top Texel shearling was bid to £7,600 by John Elliot, Roxburgh Mains, Kelso.
Neil Crighton, Loanend, Berwick, was also prominent in the top end on the sale, buying one of the top Texels from Alex and Russell Gray, Langside, Lanark, for £4,600
Another Texel enthusiast, Gordon Gray, Sunnycroft, Selkirk, had a first-class sale, with his top tup making £3,200 before going off to Proctor, Swarland, Morpeth. He then sold his reserve male champion from the Great Yorkshire Show for £3,000 to Messrs Robb, Mauchline and J. Logan, Pirntaton, Galashiels.