It is with great regret that we have to announce the cancellation of the 2020 Closamectin Border Union Kelso Ram Sales. Our trustees and ram sale committee looked at all available options of how we could have held the sale safely under Covid-19 restrictions. However, due to public health concerns, the safety of our sellers, buyers, staff, contractors and volunteers must come first.
Although Covid-19 restrictions are gradually being lifted we continue to see localised outbreaks, proving the risks are still significant. There is also the continued threat of a second wave of infection. We have a wider responsibility as a society to support the nationwide effort against this disease. If our sale was to go ahead, a positive tracing could implicate thousands of people.
We realise this decision will be a huge disappointment to most, and it was one that we really didn’t want to make.
Border Union Agricultural Society would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding on this matter and look forward to welcoming you to next year’s sale on Friday 10th September 2021.
Stuart Craig & Ian Fleming
Border Union Kelso Ram Sale Chairman & Border Union Agricultural Society Chairman
Kelso Ram Sales are an integral part of the agricultural calendar for sheep farmers and breeders. The sales were established in 1838 and in that time have only been cancelled on two occasions, in 2001 and 2007 both times as a result of an outbreak of Foot and Mouth disease. They are held annually on the second Friday of September and have received entries of over 5,000 animals each year for the last 5 years. There will be around 20 breeds of sheep present including Texel, Suffolks and North Country Cheviot to name but a few – not to mention the various crosses we welcome.
We are extremely grateful to all our Sponsors, Trade Stands, Supporters and off course the Buyers and Sellers for their support of the 2019 Sale and look forward to welcome everyone back on 11th September 2020.
The 2019 results are available below. The top selling shearling was a Blue Faced Leicester which sold for £15,000 whilst a Suffolk made the best price for a lamb at £6,000.