Texel breeders saw averages rise across every section at the Main NSA Ram Sale, Buith Wells, with increased numbers sold in the shearling ram, ram lamb and shearling ewe rings.
Clearances of more than 90% were also seen in these three rings, with 712 shearling rams finding new homes, up from 681 last year, while 358 ram lambs were traded a rise from 303 on 2016. Shearling rams averaged through at £736.56, with ram lambs settling at £414.87.
In the shearling ewes a total of 61 were sold, up from 49 at the same fixture 12 months earlier, with these levelling at £523.28.
Top prices were dominated by Michael and Ella James and family’s Dunhonw flock, with their locally-based entry taking four of the top five shearling ram prices and achieving rthe same feat in the shearling ewes too. This followed a highly successful pre-sale show when the flock took the top tickets in three of the six classes.
Leading the way in the sale ring was their first prize shearling ram from the performance recorded class at 8600gns. This was Duhonw You Belter, a son of Meinspride Usain out of a dam by Hull House Texas Jack and sold with an index of 398. This one sold to Robert Rennie, Sydenham, Kelso, for the Robex flock which will disperse its adult portion later this year.
Then selling at 8000gns was the first prize open shearling ram and pre-sale champion, Duhonw You’re the One. This is another Meinspride Usain son out of another Texas Jack daughter sold in a three way split to John Elliot Jnr, Roxburgh, Paul Phillips, Kimbolton and Ed Page, Bedale.
Making 7600gns and breaking the James family’s grip on the top prices was a shearling from the Scolton pen of the Reed family. Sired by Caereinion Rocket and out of a Caereinion Monarch daughter he was bought by Stephen Williams, Wollascott, Shropshire.
Following him and selling for 5200gns was Duhonw Yager Bomb from the James family. Once again by Meinspride Usain and out of a Texas Jack daughter he has an index of 384 and was shared by Ted Fox, Symington, Biggar and Jonathan Watson, Bowsden Moor.
Another from the Duhonw pen, Duhonw Yahoo, then sold at the same money when bought by James Whiteford and family, Brampton, Cumbria. This Meinspride Usain son is out of a dam by Crailloch McCoist and sold with an index of 350.
Next best at 4500gns was Cannllefaes You Are the One, the reserve champion from the pre-sale show, from the Davies family. This one is by Scolton Uranium and out of a Tycam Smart daughter and was knocked down to Michael Seed, Cuminenstown, Turriff.
At the same money was the best of the day from the Cennen pen of H Thomas. This was a shearling bred by the Gibb family, Bettonfield Yahoo. He is by Erw Victor and out of a Colwood Rock daughter. He was the choice of Barbara Smith for the Slapton flock, Towcester.
Then selling for 4200gns was another from the Reed family, Scolton Yorker. Sired by Whitehart Ultra he is out of a dam by Caereinion Master Class and was bought by Drayton Farm Partnership, East Meon, Hampshire.
A 3400gns bid followed from the same pen, with this paid for Scolton Young Pretender, a Caereinion Rocket son out of a dam by Caereinion Monarch and bought by Stephen Williams, Wollascott.
Trading at 3100gns was another from Michael and Ella James, Duhonw Yabba Dabba Do. This one is another by Meinspride Usain and out of a Texas Jack daughter. He went with an index of 374 and was taken by G Price, Parcyderi, Llanilar.
Close behind at 3000gns was Caenathelyn You Bet from O Watkins, Hay-On-Wye. He’s by Arkle Undercover and out of a dam by Hollyford Nijinsky. Buying this one were G and H Davies, for the Caebetran flock, Felinfach, Powys.
And making 2900gns was Duhonw Yogi Bear from Michael and Ella James and family. This son of Meinspride Usain is out of a Wayside U Bet daughter and carries and index of 355. He found a new home with Ted Fox, Biggar, and the Taylor family, Heatheryhall, also Biggar.
Alan and Barbara Draper then took a 2700gns bid in the their last year selling at Builth Wells, when Hollyford Yeti sold to R H Buckley, Cefin Isaf, Oswestry. This is a son of Hollyford What A Boy and is out of a dam by Knock Papoose.
And the final call at 2500gns or above came early in the day for a Millend shearling by Tumble Tye Volt and out a dam by Lochar Powerhouse. Forward from Russel and Gil Watkins and family, he sold to W G and M Roberts, Aberdaron, Gwynedd.
Leading the way in the ram lambs was a 3400gns bid for Smith Adonis from D Smith, Northumberland. Sired by Hollyford Vroom Vroom and out of a Brackenridge Strongbow dam he sold with an index of 478 and was taken by the Reed family for their Scolton flock.
Second best in this section was a 2200gns call for Oldford Andy Pandy from Robert Pierce. Sired by Hexel Wildcard and out of an Anglezarke Uno daughter he has an index of 225 and was taken by the Gray family, Langside.
After that at 2100gns was Arkle Ark Royal from the Wilkinson family, Cumbria. This Halbeath Wolf son is out of a dam by Cambwell Rob Roy and was the choice of Mark and Alice Blakeney, Burton, Dorset.
It was a return to the Duhonw flock for the top price in the gimmer ring, with the James family’s Meinspride Usain daughter selling for 2000gns having taken the female championship in the pre-sale show. She sold to Charlie Boden for the Sportsmans flock.
Their second in the ring, another by Meinspride Usain and out of a dam by Hull House Texas Jack, then sold at 1500gns, with this one with an index of 336 being bought by G A Morgan, Pembridge.
Following her at 1400gns was the reserve female champion from William Phillips. This Lower Eggleton gimmer is by Tullylagan Tonka and out of a dam by Sportsmans Tremendous and sold to B Lowe, Shrewsbury.
The James family then sold another from their pen at 1200gns, with this being another by Usain and out of a Wayside U Bet daughter. Selling with an index of 324, she went home with J Saxton, Cowbridge.
And the same vendor and buyer combination was responsible for a 1000gns sale when another by Usain and out of a Wayside U Bet dam went under the hammer.
Topping the ewe lamb trade was Iolo Prys Jones with one at 1250gns from the Llangwm flock. This was a Strathbogie Ya Patch daughter out of a dam by Knock The One. She sold to D G and E A Thomas, Login Whitland.
Averages; 712 shearling rams £736.56 (+19.89), 358 ram lambs £414.87 (+£47.61), 61 shearling ewes £523.28 (+£45.22), 27 ewe lambs £338.33 (+£8.63) – Clee Tomkinson and Francis.