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Top prize for Wick farmer at Dingwall Marts annual ram show and sale

By John Davidson

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Morven Coghill, Blingery Farm, pictured with trainee Adam Mackillop, took the overall champion prize at the annual ram sale in Dingwall.
Morven Coghill, Blingery Farm, pictured with trainee Adam Mackillop, took the overall champion prize at the annual ram sale in Dingwall.

A Wick farmer has taken the top prize at the annual show and sale of North Country Cheviot hill rams at Dingwall.

Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd on Friday, October 20, sold 623 rams at the show, sponsored by Robertsons of Tain.

The judge, Roderick Runciman, Allanshaws, Roxburgh-shire, awarded the overall champion to an aged ram from Miss Morven Coghill, Blingery Farm, Wick.

The reserve champion award went to a two shear from Longoe Farm, Mey.

Shearlings (82) sold to £1600 gross from Brachmont, Durris.

Two Shears (464) sold to £6000 gross from Inkstack, Barrack.

Three Shears (57) sold to £2800 gross from Badanloch Estate, Helmsdale.

Four Shear and over (20) sold to £2600 from Blingery, Wick.

“The great annual cheviot tup sale at Dingwall Mart saw a massive crowd despite the treacherous adverse weather conditions storm Babet has inflicted on the UK these past couple of days. Topping the tree today were the Inkstack team of Red Robertson accompanied by his able sidekick and Shepherd Mr Micheal Kirk. This two-shear son of the 7k Langdale 'Lets be having you' had many onlookers shouting from the rooftops to get a piece of this bad boy! He oozed character which is a quality renown from this stable. He was knocked down to Mrs J Mackenzie, Langdale for £6000 after an array of bidding from the gantry.

"Closely following in the top prices was able stockman and today's pre-sale judge Roderick Runciman of Allanshaws his two-shear beast of a tup coupled with style and eye was knocked down to Mr Neil Montgomery, Ose Farm, who was adamant he was not letting this fellowship through his fingers purchasing him at £5800.”

Other leading prices per head:

Shearlings – Brachmount Farm, £1600, £1000, Backakelday, £1500, £1300, £1100, £1000, £800 (twice), Wester Craiglands, £1400, Bardnaclavan, £1400, £800, 12 Bualnaluib, £1000, Tacher, £1000, £700, Shieldaig, £800, 27 Portgower, £700, Wester Muckernich, £700.

Two Shear – Allanshaws, £5800, £4800, £2500, £2000, Stouphill, £4000, Inverbroom, £4000, £2500 (twice), £2000, Longoe Farm, £3000, Dunbeath Farms, £2800, £1800, £1600, Blingery, £1600, Inkstack, £2400, Howam Grange, £2000, Ose Farm, £2000, Mountbencer, £2000, £1700, Gesto Farm, £1900, Clachan Farm, £1700, Keppoch Farm, £1600, Clachan Farmhouse, £1600 (twice), Eribol Estate, £1500.

Three Shear – Badanloch Estate, £2600, £1800, £1200, £900, £700, £600, Langdale, £1200, £600, Gesto Farm, £1000, £800.

Four Shear and over – Dunbeath Farms, £600, Bardnaclavan, £500, Tacher, £500, Kelsocleugh, £400, Crakaig, £400, Armadale, £400, Strathcanaird, £400.

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