Mr Don Miller, Buckies, selling his half-bred ewe lambs in August 2010 at Caithness Livestock Centre – this lot of 49 made £148 per head.
Selling to a top of £255, 162 lambs sold averaged £137.25.
The half-bred lamb holds its own with any cross, the ewe lambs making a considerable premium.
The wedder lambs are sold prime through Caithness Livestock Breeders.
The start of the gather of ewes and lambs just before sale time.
A typical Caithness type ewe with her pair of half-bred lambs.
As can be seen she has produced her own body weight – and more – on Caithness grass and mother’s milk.
Many of the top lots of half-bred lambs go to Aberdeenshire and some going South of the border to be tupped as ewe lambs.
2009 ewe lambs, gimmered over the winter and ready for the tup in 2010.The Buckie’s policy is to buy,
mostly locally, ewe lambs but also some gimmers of the Caithness type of North Country Cheviot.
It is found that the ewes keep their value over the years. Culled as 4 crop and sold at Longtown, still good
for another 2 crops of lambs.
In 2009 the 120 cull ewes averaged £93 – a considerable premium on other breeds.
Buckies extends to 530 acres, 250 arable and 280 hill and outrun.
The flock is kept in regular ages and lambs 150% plus.
Neighbour Messrs Shearer, Lythmore, having sold this lot of 103 half-bred ewe lambs for £103 are ready to let the next lot of 100 into the ring.
They also buy the Caithness type of North Country Cheviot ewe lambs to gimmer as flock replacements.
Sadly Don Miller passed away shortly after the photos were taken.
He will be remembered as a successful showman and a first rate stockman.