At the annual Show and Sale of Texel Sheep at Lanark for the Texel Sheep Society breeders from all over the UK and Ireland were keen to purchase the top bloodlines insuring a great trade throughout the day which started at 9.00am and finished at 5.20pm with no fewer than 39 lambs making over 5,000gns.
Top price was achieved from the last pen in the ring from the Wight Family at Midlock Farm, Crawford when they sold Midlock Capaldi, a son of Knock Bantastic for 200,000gns to joint buyers Charlie Boden for his Sportsmans Flock and Hugh and Alan Blackwood’s Auldhouseburn.
The pre-show Champion from the Clark Family at Garngour, Lesmahagow realised the next top price when Garngour Craftsman was sold at 65,000gns to the judge Charlie Boden and Robert Jones, Darlington.
The sale got off to a flying start within the first 10 minutes when Brian Hanthorn from the Mullens Flock in Northern Ireland sold his top Lamb Mullan Camikaze for 48,000gns in a five way split to Gordon Gray, Ettrick, Messrs Knox, Haddo, Robin and Caroline Orr, Halbeath, Archie and John McGregor, Allanfauld and Andrew Neilson, Brackenridge
Welsh Breeder Willy Davis enjoyed a flying trade when he sold his best at 36,000gns for Usk Vale Cheeky Charlie which sold to a consortium of three buyers Bryden Nicholson, Knockeem, Proctors Farms and Bruce Renwick, Castlecairn.
Another much talked about lamb before the sale was Drumbreddan Centre of Attention from James Hair which realised 32,000gns to the Alford family for their Foxhill Flock, Devon.
Rob Evans from Shropshire enjoyed his best ever trade when he sold Hope Valley C the Stars for 24,000gns to Wily Davis for his Usk Vale Flock.
Another breeder enjoying a great trade was Stuart Barclay from Harestones who sold his top lamb Harestone Central Bank for 20,000gns to Malcolm Coubrough, Hartside and Alan Campbell, Strawfrank.
Another lamb made 20,000gns this time from Rob Bennets, Meifod, Powys for Plasucha Cheeky Chappie who will be joining the flocks of Kenny Pratt, Hilltop, Robbie Wilson, Milnbank, Jim Innes, Strathbogie and Graham Morrison, Deveronvale.
Other Principal Prices -:
17,000gns – Sportsmans Cannon Ball to Wight, Midlock, Cockburn, Knap and Stephen Renwick, Craig Douglas
16,000gns – Stainton Coca Cola to Messrs Gallacher, Eire
16,000gns – Proctors Cocktail to Gault, Forkins and Henderson, Ballynahone
15,000gns – Harestone Commander to Beacom, Lakeview
13,000gns – Ellen Valley Caesar to Green, Corskie
13,000gns – Usk Vale Captain Billy to Jones, Kitrob
13,000gns – Usk Vale Crackerjack to Arnott, Haymount
13,000gns – Midlock Cobra to Tippets, Willodge
12,000gns – Teiglum Charmer to Campbell, Cowal
12,000gns – Procters Cheeky Monkey to Morrison, Dalwyne and Gilmour, Humeston
12,000gns – Auldhouseburn Capaldi to Foster, Springwell
11,000gns – Sportsmans Catapult to Morris, Fachell
11,000gns – Procters Candycrush to Evans, Hope Valley
10,000gns – Tamnamoney Colt to S Cobald
The Sale of Gimmers on Wednesday evening saw an outstanding clearance with a large number of new buyers, Top price was achieved by a Rhaeadr Ace daughter consigned by Myfor Evans which sold for 9,000gns to Michael Power from Co Limerick.
Followed at 8,500gns was a gimmer from Alan and Hugh Blackwood’s Auldhouseburn Flock for a daughter of the 130,000gns Sportsmans A Star which sold to Charlie Boden for his Sportsmans Flock. At 6,800gns Richard Wilson sold his reserve champion from his Eden Valley flock with Michael Powers also securing this gimmer. The pre-show champion from Will McCaffreys flock sold for 6,500gns with Rob Evans Hope Valley purchasing.
Other Leading Prices - :
4,500gns – Mullens to Messrs Teward, Co Durham
3,400gns – Rhaeadr to Amphlett and Owens, Leominster
3,000gns – Norseman to Alistair Jackson, Annan