7,000gns Border Leicester
tup from Scotsman Jim Brown |
The family's involvement with Halfbreds began in 1959 when John, then aged 16, and his father Glyn took possession of two Border Leicester
rams from Scotland.
He was a founder member of the Border Leicester
Signet Sire Reference Scheme.
They bought their first Border Leicesters
strictly for working and training their dogs, which they compete in sheep dog trials.
He now has several parcels of land, all within a three mile radius, that host 15 Border Leicester
ewes, 70 Welsh ewes and 34 Kerrys, some owned by daughter Alys, herself an emerging talent.
There are 635 Bluefaced Leicesters, 418 Charollais, 326 Lleyn, 132 Beltex, 140 North Country Cheviot, 129 Border Leicester
, 38 from four other pure breeds and 311 crosses.
Other society sale rings include two each for Charolais (546 entries) and Bluefaced Leicesters (868) and one for Border Leicesters
It was the 160th Kelso Ram Sale since the first in 1838 when 120 Cheviot and Border Leicesters
sold for between pounds 3 and pounds 4 each, compared with the 2002 sales average of pounds 403.
Recently retired - he turned 65 last Friday - he now runs 110 pedigree Texels on 30 acres and some Border Leicesters
This is the 160th Kelso Ram Sale since the first in 1838 when 120 Cheviot and Border Leicesters
sold for between pounds 3 and pounds 4 each compared with last year's average of pounds 403.