News Posted: 19th October 2011

Shetland Livestock Marketing Group, in association with Aberdeen and Northern Marts, sold a total of 104 rams at their annual Flock Book show and sale on Saturday, 15 October 2011.

Every year the Flock Book holds a show for both pure bred native Shetland males and females and it was the males that were the focus of Saturday’s event. The high quality animals on show were judged under a variety of categories before the sale.

This year John Abernethy judged the show and declared a white 2 shear from Addie Doull, Islesburgh as the overall champion. Commenting on the win, Secretary of the Shetland Flock Book Society, Jim Nicolson said: “On the whole there was a very good display of quality Shetland rams this year with very few sheep failing to meet the Flock Book standard.  John’s task of selecting the prize winners and particularly the champion was a difficult one. However the overall winner did stand out as a good strong sheep of a very high standard.


The 2011 prize winners were as follows:

  • Overall Champion - Addie Doull, Islesburgh
  • Reserve Champion - Eric Graham, Gremista
  • White Champion - Addie Doull, Islesburgh
  • Coloured Champion - Jim Nicolson, Aith
  • Moorit Champion - George Morrison, Whiteness
  • White Wool Champion - Chris Graham, Tingwall
  • Coloured Wool Champion - Morgan Robertson, Westerskeld


White Shetland ram lamb:
both first and second prize was awarded to Chris Graham, Tingwall.

White Shetland one shear: both first and second prize was awarded to Eric Graham, Gremista.

White Shetland 2/3 shear: first prize was awarded to Addie Doull, Islesburgh and second prize went to Dean Gilfillan, Weisdale.

White Shetland aged: first prize was awarded to John Priest, Reawick and second prize went to John Manson, Twatt.

Moorit ram lamb: first prize was awarded to George Morrison, Whiteness and second prize went to Richard Spence, Unst.

Moorit ram: first prize was awarded to George Morrison, Whiteness and second prize went to Richard Spence, Unst.

Coloured ram lamb: first prize was awarded to Alistair Robertson, Walls and second prize went to Richard Spence, Unst.

Coloured ram: first prize was awarded to Jim Nicolson, Aith and second prize went to Dean Gilfillan, Weisdale.

Wool ram lamb, white: first prize was awarded to Chris Graham, Tingwall and second prize went to Eric Graham, Gremista.

Wool ram, white: first prize was awarded to A Q R Cross, Vementry and second prize went to Eric Graham, Gremista.    

Wool coloured ram lamb: first prize was awarded to Morgan Robertson, Westerskeld and second prize went to George Morrison, Whiteness.

Wool coloured ram: first prize was awarded to Jim Nicolson, Aith and second prize went to Richard Spence, Unst.


Commenting on the sale, Jim Nicolson added: “The stronger rams had a good length and were tight skinned, and these tended to sell best in the ring.

Unfortunately the high prices received in 2010 were not quite achieved this year, however most producers were satisfied with the prices they obtained.


The top prices received were as follows:

Rams – sold to £1,500.00 from Graham, Gremista Farm, to average £315.81 for 80 sold.
Other leading prices: Gremista - £1400, £700 twice; Thomson, Moustoft - £1050; £1000; Ridland, Westerskeld, £800; Laurenson, Brae - £720; Doull, Islesburgh - £720; Hunter, Vementry - £600.

Ram lambs – sold for £1,000.00 from Graham, Veensgarth, Gott to average £259.17 for 24 sold.
Other leading lamb prices: Doull, Virdifyell - £800; Anderson, Seafield - £600; Graham, Veensgarth - £500 twice.


Further information:

Rod MacKenzie
Auctioneer
Aberdeen and Northern Marts
Tel: 01595 696300
Mob: 07704 329973
Email: blackisleshow@btconnect.com 

Or

Kirsty Halcrow
Shaw Marketing and Design
Tel: 01595 692465
Email: kirsty.halcrow@shaw-online.com