Kelso – 9th September, 2022 – Crossing Type Sale Reports

Kelso – 9th September, 2022 – Crossing Type

9th September 2022


Mr Davy Gray, Drumnessie

Kelso – Kindly Sponsored by Davidsons Animal Feeds & NFU (Mutual) Ltd (Lanark Branch)

The marquee’s were back at this years Kelso Tup sales and with the deluge that preceded and during the sale it was just as well, as otherwise it would have been a bit of a damp squib to say the least! The average for the sale slipped a bit on the year for less sheep forward, mainly due to the level of the top prices as opposed to a slack in demand, with demand throughout both sections strong.

Topping the days trade was a powerful shearling from Finlay Robertsons’ Beeches Flock, who set his personal best when he sold for £8200 in a three way split to Malone, Minto & Cullens. This eye catching tup has been on the show circuit clinching the Reserve Male champion at the Highland show, with his ET sister reserve at Peebles show. He is by the L22 Blarnavaid which has done well within the flock and his mother is the best ewe in the flock, sired by B41 Hewgill. Two other full brothers sold for £4800 and £4500, leaving a smiling Findlay with a smart average of £2566 for his 9 tups.

Close behind, but no cigar, was a much admired tup from  The Thornborrow’s and Marion Porter at the Dawyck flock. This cracking son of the £30,000 M1 Hewgill set the pen up nicely for a great trade which saw them level at £1793 for the 15 tups sold. He had been successfully used as a lamb leaving 7 lambs in the Dawyck record breaking pen which sold for £295 at St Boswells earlier this month. He is out of a homebred ewe by the influential G42 Midlock and sold in a two split to the Ridleys, Shitlington and A McArthur, Nunnerie for £8000.

The Midlock pen is always full of viewers casting an admiring over their pen of tups and this year was no exception, with some strong tups on display. It was the pen leader which set the trade, with this son of Zeus, the homebred tup by Riddings M1, bringing home the bacon. Out of a Mustang daughter, his bloodlines were always going to attract some attention and he strode into the ring with some purpose, and the hammer fell at £6200, selling to Hartside. They had another shearling hit £5000, this one a son of the Dawyck N17 and out of another Mustang daughter, selling to Drimsynie and Nisbit, helping the average for the flock hit a level £1800 for 13 tups sold.

Andy and Caroline Hunter enjoyed a canny trade too, with their pen leader, a massive son of the M38 Midlock and out of a ewe by the renowned Carry House Flash, hitting £4500, selling to Messrs Sayer.

The champion of the day in the Crossing section went to the Drimsynie flock with a son of the £30,000 Hewgill, out of one of the flocks exceptional ewes by the Marriforth Batman. He sold for £2500 selling in a two-way split to Messrs Shennan and Farden.


396  shearlings averaged £1,180.98

Shearling Rams

Placing Class Exhibitor Flock Name Lot Number
1st Shearling Rams A Campbell Drimsynie 64
2nd Shearling Rams S McClymont Auld Tinnis 118
3rd Shearling Rams A Warnock Dreva 209
4th Shearling Rams T Dick & Son Hamildean 253

Ram Lambs

Placing Class Exhibitor Flock Name Lot Number
1st Ram Lambs S & T Fallows Burnton 250
2nd Ram Lambs S McClymont Auld Tinnis 122
3rd Ram Lambs M W & C M Ridley Shitlington 198
4th Ram Lambs S McClymont Auld Tinnis 121

Bluefaced Champions

Category Exhibitor Type
Overall Champion A Campbell First Prize Shearling Ram
Reserve Champion S McClymont Second Prize Shearling Ram


Drimsynie P21 - Crossing Champion - £2500

Beeches P8 - £8200 Crossing Type Top Price

Dawyck P56 - £8000

Midlock P18 - £6200

Beeches P9 - £4800

Steel P11 - £4500

Coultermuir P1 - £4500

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