14th September 2023

Jim Gibb, Toftcombs

Aged Ram

Placing Breeder Name Flock Prefix Ear Tag Lot No
1st B Reive GLENBOW GCB.G028 2

Shearling Ram

Placing Breeder Name Flock Prefix Ear Tag Lot No
1st J Hamilton MID SHAWTONHILL MSB.H007 37
2nd A & E Lawrie GRANGEHALL DVL.H018 111
3rd T & A Taylor HEATHERYHALL TBT.H049 48
4th IA Wainwright TODHALL WTO.H016 94
5th A & M Dunlop CORSTANE MDC.H017 45
6th A Ireland FEOCH AIF.H1602 121
7th A & A Meikle WHINDYKE MEI.H027 108
8th J Hamilton MID SHAWTONHILL MSB.H016 38

Ram Lamb

Placing Breeder Name Flock Prefix Ear Tag Lot No
1st RH Black COLLESSIE BLK.J006 162
2nd RH Black COLLESSIE BLK.J016 163
3rd R & J Hamilton SHAWTONHILL HAN.J007 173
4th K O'Connor KENNY'S KOC.J007 166
5th J Bell & R Buckle COTTAGE JAW.J4307 150
6th RG Carruthers CARRUTHERS RGC.J001 161

Shearling Ewe

Placing Breeder Name Flock Prefix Ear Tag Lot No
1st A Baillie CALLACRAG ABC.H043 189
2nd K O'Connor KENNY'S KOC.H003 209
3rd K O'Connor KENNY'S KOC.H010 210
4th A Baillie CALLACRAG ABC.H066 191
5th J & L Young MUIRTON YJM.H055 198
6th JJ Barclay BEACHY JJB.H027 203

Ewe Lamb

Placing Breeder Name Flock Prefix Ear Tag Lot No
1st J & L Young MUIRTON YJM.J071 211
2nd J & L Young MUIRTON YJM.J069 212

Beltex Champions

Category Breed Breeder Name
Male Champion 1st Prize Shearling Ram J Hamilton
Reserve Male 1st Prize Ram Lamb RH Black
Female Champion 1st Prize Shearling Ewe A Baillie
Reserve Female 2nd Prize Shearling Ewe K O'Connor
Supreme Champion Shearling Ram J Hamilton
Reserve Supreme Shearling Ewe A Baillie

A new flock best was achieved with Jim Hamilton’s Mid Shawthonhill Hangover went on to sell for the top price of 7800gns after securing the Male and Supreme Championships at the Beltex Scotland Club offering at Lawrie and Symington’s Lanark centre on Thursday, 14 September.

The sale met a strong trade throughout with shearling rams, ram lambs and shearling ewes also selling to increased averages but leading the way at 7800gns was the strapping shearling ram, Mid Shawthonhill Hangover from Jim’s Chapelton, Strathaven-based flock. Used as a lamb, Hangover is by the 7000gns Clary Fly-Boy that has done well in his and his father, Robert’s flocks, siring many of their top priced lots of late. His dam is the Airyolland King of Clubs-sired Tercrosset Whip Round. Forking out the cash was Jim Gibb who judged the pre-sale and backed his decision to take Hangover back to his Toftcombs flock that produces cross-bred tups near Biggar.

Jim and Robert Hamilton had a good go in the ram lamb section too when their Shawtonhill Jack sold to David Cunningham for his Walkerdyke Flock near Strathaven for 3800gns. His dam is Shawtonhill Gabby, a daughter of Clary Fly-Boy, while his sire is Wannop’s Harvey.

They received a further 1700gns from W Thomson, Darvel, Ayrshire, for Shawtonhill Jimmy which this time is by Callacrag Harry and out of the Osprey Candyman-sired Netherholm Faye.

It was a good outing for the Black family – Ronnie together with sons, Mike and Pete – from near Ladybank, Fife, when they topped the ram lamb trade at 5800gns with another at 3200gns.

Leading the way was their first prize ram lamb that also stood Reserve Male Champion, Collessie Juggernaut ET. Bred from the Y Bedol A-Team daughter, Collessie Chloe, he is by Lurg Ghost In The Shell and was knocked down to Simon Stephen buying for his Glencoe Flock near Nairn.

Juggernaut’s full brother, Collessie Jacobite ET, then sold to the Jeff and Jen Aiken for the Procters Flock, Wray, Lancaster, for 3200gns.

Back to the shearling rams and fellow Fife breeder, Andrew Wainwright, from near Cupar, saw his best sell to the Procters team for 3800gns. That was Todhall Highway Man ET whose pedigree features the 10,000gns Kingledores Battleaxe on to Todhall Tinga, herself by Woodies Pride of North.

Alfie Taylor saw his pen leader, Heatheryhall Hi Spec ET, sell to new breeder, Neil Wattie, from Alford, for 2400gns. This Buckles Dark Dawn son is out of the noted brood ewe, Heatheryhall Wallflower, a daughter of Tacherhill Regal from the flock near Thankerton.

Matching that 2400gns price tag was Heatheryhall Highland Fling which offers some different breeding, being by Wannop’s Godfather and out of Heatheryhall Fiona, a Dark Dawn daughter. He caught the eye of Rory Gregor for his Gregors Flock near Thainstone.

Close behind on 2200gns was Richard Wood’s Kingledores Harvey ET, a Borderesk Finders Keepers son from Tweedsmuir, Biggar. Bred from the noted College Awesome-sired Kingledores Bessy, Harvey sold to Cameron Cormack for his Dunrod Flock near Jedburgh.

Early on in the sale, Neil Laing and children, Euan, Fiona and Kirsten, welcomed 2000gns from Neil and Stuart Barclay, Insch, for Perryflatts Hero ET. Bred from Callacrag Bull’s Eye-sired Todhall Flower Power from the flock near Thankerton, he is by Wannop’s Firecracker.

Females peaked at 2000gns for Kenny O Connor’s second prize shearling ewe, Kenny’s Hannah, which also stood Reserve Female for the local flock from Carstairs Junction. Another selling to Neil Wattie, this Reserve Champion from Peebles Show is by Broughton Enricher and out of Kenny’s Force, a Riggroad Edinburgh daughter.

Another by the Enricher ram in the shape of Kenny’s Halo sold to Craig McMillan, Campbeltown, for 1300gns. She is out of the Mortons Cheeky Boy-sired Kenny’s Daisy.

The Alstons from near Brechin paid 900gns twice for a pair of Callacrag gimmers by Clary Dumfries from Andrew Baillie, Carstairs. First was Callacrag Hidden Asset, which stood Female Champion and Reserve Supreme at the pre-sale show, and one lot later was Callacrag Heart ‘n’ Soul ET.

The final part of William Lennox’s Netherholm dispersal reached a top of 650gns when the Hammond family of the Tullylagan Flock paid that for Netherholm Hidi, a Withy Trees Flying Dutchman daughter.


Averages: One aged ram, £945 (2 x £1155 in 2022); 120 shearling rams, £989 (93 x £983); 23 ram lambs, £1137 (20 x £626); 21 shearling ewes, £584 (36 x £460); one ewe lamb, £840. Netherholm dispersal – 20 shearling ewes, £301.GC

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