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Midlock Bluefaced Leicester Shearling sold for 12000 (Photo by Ronald Stephen)

Midlock Bluefaced Leicester - Close Up (photo by Ronald Stephen)

Cairness Suffolk Ram Lamb from Cairness sold for 4500 (photo by Ronald Stephen)

10am - Ronald Wilson rings the bell to commence the sale

2015 Kelso Ram Sales

Kelso Ram Sales


Buoyant Trade at 2016 Kelso Ram Sales

Heavy rain overnight on Thursday did not deter buyers from attending the Sales and from the start, after traditionally the bell was rung at precisely 10 oclock by Ronald Wilson, Secretary of BUAS, the trade was buoyant with Lot 1 in the United Auctions Ring 10 from master breeder, Jimmy Douglas, Cairness, making 4500 to a Northern Irish triumvirate. This theme continued throughout the day with a total of 4813 going under the hammer, with 315 not forward, the lowest percentage for many years of 6.14%. There were 4285 rams sold from 16 different Breeds and crosses giving a clearance rate of 83.56% to average 685.48p, up 74.80p from the 2015 Sales, and to give a new record turnover for the day of 2,937,285.00p. Consignors and buyers were pleased as were the seven Auction Companies. The sheep industry is in better heart this year and the whole day was a very steady trade for quality sheep from all Breeds. Though principally the top annual commercial multi-breed Sale such was the quality of sheep, many with outstanding EBVs and genetics behind them that it was not surprising that quite a number were bought for pedigree use.

In all there were 91 shearlings sold at 2000 or more and 38 lambs at 1000 or more. Top price of the day was a Bluefaced Leicester shearling from Messrs. Wight, Midlock, sold for 12,000 to William Keir for his flock at Lancaster followed by three Texels at 7,000, two of which were from Jack Arnott, Haymount, Kelso, firstly to Peter and Lynn Gray, Scrogtonhead and Messrs. Wight, Midlock. His other sold to Stuart Barclay for his Harestone flock at Insch, Aberdeen. The third at 7,000 from the Grays at Scrogtonhead sold to Messrs. Cockburns, Kingside; the Jacksons, Wolfclyde and Messrs. Gibb, Toftcombs. The top Suffolk of the day was from the unregistered Ring 14 from Messrs. Warden, Skelfhill, Hawick to Mr Davey, Rothbury and Andrew Walton, Preston Mains selling for 4000. Not far behind were two Beltex shearlings from Neil McQuiston, Airyolland, Ayrshire both at 3,800 firstly to Jonathan Watson, Bowsden Moor, Alnwick and secondly to Mr Knight, Cumbria who also purchased the top Dutch Texel for 3,800 from Mr S Wood, Woolhilloch, Aberdeenshire.

The oldest breed on the day selling since the very first Ram Sales in 1836 the Border Leicester were topped By Messrs. Tennant, Gilmanscleugh, Lanark when they sold their top shearling to Messrs. Somerfield from Stafford for 2,100. The top Cross ram of the day was sold by C Mellor, Anstead, Chathill, Beadnell for 1550 to G W Lee, Stockleyburn, with the Charollais to a top of 1,200 for a shearling from Mr H W Sloan, Rigghead, Dumfries sold to Mr Peart, Weardale.

The Border Union is licenced to export high health status Maedi Visnae rams direct from the Sales to Northern Ireland and the number of buyers increases every year with a total of 51 rams being exported.

The day vindicated the confidence in the sheep industry with the evidence of buyers faith in that more rams sold with record prices and record averages in some Breeds.

History of the Ram Sales

The first Ram Sale was held in the Knowes in Kelso( now a car park ) in 1836 when the Society acted as arbiters to private bargaining before the first sale by auction in 1838 when 120 rams were offered, at prices ranging from three to six pounds per head.

The next significant date was 1850 when the railway came to Kelso, which paved the way for flockmasters from far afield to sell at the Sales. In 1851 652 rams were offered. The Sales grew in size, quality and reputation and in 1993 broke the two million pound barrier when 6000 tups changed hands. The numbers have evened out and in 1999 6013 tups were sold. There are between five and six hundred consignors from all over the United Kingdom and Eire. In the last few years rams have been exported to three EU countries, Holland, Germany and Eire, confirming the Ram sales as the biggest and most famous one day sale of rams in the world.


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