Online pedigree ram sale hailed a success by Aberdeen and Northern Marts
More than 100 registered bidders were forward for Aberdeen and Northern Marts’ inaugural online sale of multi-breed pedigree rams on Tuesday, September 1.
The event, held in conjunction with SellMyLivestock, attracted 12 different breeds of rams which sold to buyers from as far south as Staffordshire and right up to Shetland.
A total of 46 rams sold to new homes and saw a top price of 1400gns paid for a Texel shearling from Brian Buchan’s Clinterty flock at New Aberdour, Fraserburgh.
Robin Anderson, head of livestock operations at Aberdeen and Northern Marts, hailed the event a great success and said that the Thainstone online bidding platform was continuing to prove popular among customers.
“With active bidding throughout the sale and rams finding new homes from Stafford to Shetland, we are very pleased with the outcome of the event,” he said.
“The online sale effectively takes the auction onto the farm, providing a transparent and competitive alternative route to market for both sellers and buyers.
“As we move into the busy autumn period, we will continue to offer our successful online bidding platform at all of our breeding and store sales held at Thainstone, Caithness and Lerwick.
“This live bidding platform is finding great favour with buyers and ultimately opens sales up to a UK wide audience.”
Selling for the top price of 1400gns to the Walkers at Mains of Bruxie, Maud, Peterhead, was Clinterty Charlie, by the 24,000gns Allanfauld Am The Man, out of a home-bred ewe.
Next best at 1250gns was a Texel ram lamb from Albert and Georgie Howie of the Knock flock, West Knock, Mintlaw, Peterhead.
This was Knock Daredevil, a son of the 8000gns Sportsman Chieftain, out of a home-bred dam which bred the breed’s 2019 sire of the year – the 12,000gns Knock Bantastic.
He sold to William and David Moir of Moir Livestock, Cairness, Fraserburgh.
Blue Texels from Stuart and Wendy Hunter, West Cairnhill, Insch, proved popular when two shearlings sold for 1000gns and 900gns apiece.
Dearest when sold to A Johnstone, Tannachie, Stonehaven, was the shearling named Hunters Deerstalker, by Caryl’s Blue Captain, out of the show winning Hunters Bramble.
The other shearling entry from the couple at 900gns was Little Whisker Daan, by Little Whisker Vroome, which heads to Caithness with GH Sinclair, Nottingham Mains, Latheron.
Suffolk rams sold to a top of 800gns twice including Pat and Rory Machray’s shearling named Birness Bonkers from their Middlemuir flock at Daviot, Inverurie.
He is by Limestone Legacy and was snapped up by A Spooner, Well Farm, Upper Hume, Staffordshire.
The other, selling to the Barclays at Tullo of Garvock, Laurencekirk, was a ram lamb by Beechcrest Boris, from the Lorimer family of the Cadgerford flock at Kingswells, Aberdeen.
Meanwhile, Jemma Green from Corskie, Garmouth, received 800gns for a Texel shearling, by the 22,000gns Cowal Bucking Bronco, which sold to the Walkers at Mains of Bruxie.
Matching that price was another Texel shearling, this time from Rodney Blackhall’s Sheeoch flock at The Green Raemoir, Banchory.
By the 9000gns Haddo Bright Spark, he was purchased by Ardhuncart Farms, Kildrummy, Alford.
Fellow Texel breeders, Willie Knox and sons Graeme and Andrew, received 750gns on two occasions for twin shearlings, by Hexel Born To Be Wild, which both sold to Mains of Bruxie.
Blue Texel ram lambs topped at 700gns for the first sold from Katrina Macarthur’s Budgate flock at Newton of Budgate, Cawdor, Nairn.
Selling to Shetland with the Leslies at Nia-roo, Gott, was Budgate Ernie, by the 1600gns Lyles Django, out of a Millside dam.
The North Country Cheviot section topped at 950gns for a shearling from Roderick Runciman, Allanshaws, Galashiels.
Selling to an undisclosed buyer, he is by Allanshaws Silverstar, out of Gilston Real Legend.
Cross-bred rams peaked at 800gns for a Texel cross Beltex shearling from Sarah Finnie, Newseat, Balthangie, Cuminestown, when sold to P and EM Dennos, Odiness, Stornsay, Orkney.
This online ram sale closely followed on from a successful online bull sale held earlier in the year.
Aberdeen and Northern Marts is busy preparing for the next online event of multi-breed pedigree bulls on Monday, October 5. Entry forms are available upon request.