Aug, 2017

This year’s Great from Grass ram sale at Fearn Farm saw a tremendous demand for all breeds of rams, with a record average achieved and buyers from across Scotland and beyond in attendance.

It was the Aberfield shearlings which proved the sale stars this year, with 38 sold to a top call of 1300gns twice and an average of £860.72.

Texels were also in high demand, selling to a top call fo 1250gns thrice and averaging £822.44 for the 34 sold.

Meanwhile, the 24 New Zealand Suffolk shearlings sold to the peak of 1050gns, with the consignment levelling at £815.94.

A small number of Beltex and Beltex cross rams sold to a top of 550gns, averaging £504 for five sold.

Pleasingly the sale resulted in a total clearance of the rams on offer with the overall average once again up on the year and buyers eager to secure their ram requirements in good time for tupping.

John Scott said the response from buyers had been tremendous, giving the team at Fearn Farm the confidence to press ahead with their breeding strategy.

“Friday night was a record average for us and gave us further confidence that the breeding programs we have in place in our stud flocks are working not just for us, but for other people as well.

“The team at Fearn work really hard to make the sale happen not just in the build up to the sale, but throughout the year and it’s important that they be given credit for making it the success it was,” he added.

“Friday will give us all a spring in our step which should last for some time and will spur us on to make it even better next year. Breeding sheep is a long term project which never finishes we are always looking for ways in which to improve our flocks and will continue to do so.”