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Last Updated: Wednesday, 19 September 2007, 00:45 GMT 01:45 UK
Slender hopes for ram sale vanish
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Organisers have turned their attention to next year's event
The cancellation of a major Borders livestock sale has been confirmed due to foot-and-mouth restrictions.

Kelso Ram Sales had been due to take place last Friday but were postponed with a slim hope that they might be rescheduled for later this year.

However, the Border Union Agricultural Society has now been forced to call the event off completely.

It is now looking ahead to next year's event which will be staged at Springwood Park on 12 September, 2008.

A spokesperson for the BUAS admitted last week that it was very unlikely the event could be reorganised.

A short note confirmed this week that it would have to be cancelled entirely.

Organisers blamed the decision on "the uncertainty and timing of the lifting of the ban on the resumption of live markets and the potentially impractical measures in holding a rearranged sale".

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