HILL NORTH COUNTRY CHEVIOTS

Attonburn Masterclass, sold to Philiphaugh Estates for £8,000 at Lairg 2012.  Masterclass was used at home as a shearling, and several quality tup lambs have been retained, who will be for sale at a later date.


Attonburn Masterclass is a son of Attonburn Grand Slam, pictured below, sold to Bill and Fanny Elliot, Hethpool, for £12,000 at Lairg 2010, which at the time set a new breed record price.   The current breed record price stands at £17,000, for Castle Grant Maverick, who we purchased in partnership with EJ & AM Fox at Lairg 2012.

  

Grand Slam was sired by Armadale Highland Promise, and his dam, a daughter of Attonburn Almighty, was shown twice at the Highland Show, taking Breed Champion on both occasions.

In 2009, we purchased Badanloch Warrior (pictured below), jointly with EJ and AM Fox.  Warrior has bred exceptionally well, and his first son sold at Lairg for £6,500 to Will Sutherland, Brackside.

 

The Attonburn North Country Cheviot flock was formed in 1991, following a visit to Lairg in 1990 and seeing for ourselves the quality and hardiness that was on offer. The decision was made to change one hill of South Country Cheviots to a hill of Hill type (also known as Lairg type) Northies. Our first purchases were ewe lambs from Inverbrora and Savalbeg. At the ewe and ram sale that year we purchased 40 ewes ex Heathmount and a ram from East Clyne that had been bought as a lamb at the Forest Farm dispersal. The following year we purchased ewes and ewe lambs from Ribigill and this was the formation of the Percy Law hirsel. Tup lambs were kept out of the original Heathmount ewes and used as both lambs and shearlings and in 1994 we sold our first two sheep at Lairg to average £390 which we were delighted about. Once the Percy Law hirsel was completely Hill type we decided to change the Blakedean hirsel from Blackfaces to Northies - this was one of our better decisions. To stock Blakedean we bought ewe lambs off Ousdale, Achentoul and Armadale, as well as buying gimmers off Badanloch. We also bought ewes to stock some low ground we had, tupped these with home bred tups and kept the ewe lambs to stock the hill with. The transition to North Country Cheviots was completed by changing the Shoulder Hill hirsel from South Country Cheviots to Northies. The flock is now closed apart from ram purchases. Two rams we purchased that have bred particularly well are Kintradwell Cipaldi (£2,000 shared with Mowhaugh Farm) and Achentoul Go Getter (£2,200 shared with Woodside Farm). The best breeding ram we have had to date was Kintradwell Crackerjack who was kindly loaned to us in foot and mouth year. In 2004 we sold five sons from Crackerjack to average £2,200.

In 2004 we won both the male and female championships at the Highland Show. The male champion, a son of Kintradwell Crackerjack, went on to be Overall Champion and was sold at Lairg for £3,000 to Mrs Mabel Bannerman, Skelpick.

At Lairg 2004 we purchased, in conjunction with Woodside, The Crofter from Strathcanaird for £8,000, a new record price for a Hill North Country Cheviot. At Lairg 2005 we purchased North Loch Naver The Monarch, the new breed record price holder at £9,000, to add to our expanding stud of top quality rams.

Notable sales include Attonburn Benefactor for £6,000 to Balnakiel, Attonburn Zeus (£4,800) and Attonburn Almighty (£3,800) to Messers. Fox, Elsdonburn.