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Record books 'obliterated' at Highland Ladies show at Dingwall Mart


By Hector MacKenzie

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J Mitchell from Mitchells Minerals, Michael Leggat, Strathbogie, and Judge S Stewart, Coll, Isle of Lewis.
J Mitchell from Mitchells Minerals, Michael Leggat, Strathbogie, and Judge S Stewart, Coll, Isle of Lewis.

THE record books were "obliterated" at a Dingwall and Highland Marts event which drew a "massive" crowd and was declared "the best show of sheep to have ever graced the ring in Dingwall".

The Highland Ladies show and sale had a catalogued entry of 147 MV accredited pedigree females.

The verdict from the mart: "It was the best show of sheep to have ever graced the ring in Dingwall and with a trade to match it cements the fact that quality returns phenomenal prices in Dingwall.

"The record priced sheep price for the sale changed on numerous occasions throughout the night, culminating in our judges pre-sale overall champion kindly sponsored by Mitchells Minerals which was found in the Suffolk section, an outstanding ewe lamb consigned by Messrs Innes, Strathbogie and turned out to perfection by able stockman Mr Micheal Leggat. Lot 75 from this stable stole the show and attracted interest from all over the UK and Ireland, however the winning bid was from Aberdeenshire breeder Craig Paterson for his Cranorskie flock, with the hammer falling at 7000gns for this quality Suffolk ewe lamb, smashing the marts female record price into the stratosphere!"

In reserve spot and once again retaining the Texel cup sponsored by Watson Seed this year was Robbie Wilson with a fantastic Texel gimmer from his Milnbank flock.

Selected Texel champion by judge Jumbo Stewart, Coll, the powerful gimmer scanned carrying triplets to Clanfield Golden was bought out at 1800gns by Helen Hunter, Braehead.

In Lamb Gimmers:

Blue Texel – 850gns Bain, Kennachy, Forss.

Beltex – 850gns, Mortons, Lochend

Suffolk - 4,500gns Cairness, Gartly

Texel - 3200gns Wester Moy Texels, Urray.

Badger Face – 600gns Upper Drakemyers Farm, Keith

In Lamb Ewes:

Beltex - 850gns, Mains of Culsh, Turriff

Suffolk - 1800gns, Cairness, Gartly.

Ewe Lambs:

Blue Texel – 850gns, Newton of Struthers, Kinloss

Beltex – 650gns, Muirfield, Auchry.

Suffolk – 7000gns, Strathbogie, Gartly.

Texel – 700gns, Milnbank, Turriff


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