The opening Texel sale of the year in England saw trade peak at 1900gns at Chelford on Saturday (3 January), with this top call paid for the pre-sale champion from Angela Nairey. This was a substitute entry by Glenside King II.
She sold in-lamb to the 6000gns Royal Highland champion, Glenway Universe, and was bought by Martin Furness, Buxton. Also at this money was a gimmer from David Houghton’s Tophill flock. This Knock Trident daughter was sold carrying to Procters Ventura and headed home to the Sportsmans flock with Charlie Boden.
Then at 1550gns was a Sportsmans gimmer by the 42,000gns Tullylagan Tonka and in-lamb to Teiglum Vogue. She sold to Philip Melland, Staffordshire. And at the same price was the best from the Fachell flock of Idris Morris. This was a Knock Tarana carrying twins to Sportsmans V8 and was bought by Martin Furness, Buxton.
Following her at 1400gns was another from the same home. This one, again by Knock Tarana, was sold in-lamb to Glenside Vajazzle and headed off to Abergavenny with Chris Ball. The best of the older ewes was a 2010-born Baltier Panther daughter from the Sportsmans flock which sold carrying twins to Procters Ventura. She sold at 1350 to C H Bellis, Flintshire.
Ewe lamb trade meanwhile peaked at 950gns for entries from Frank Rushton’s Fresh Fields flock. This section leader was a Fresh Field Up for a Shot daughter out of a dam by Tullagh Real Deal, with this selling to Steve and Sara Gibbons. And the same buyers then paid 900gns for another from the same home, with this one being a Baltier Umpire II daughter out of a dam by Grougfoot Real Gold.
Averages; senior ewes £506, shearling ewes £714, ewe lambs £513.09 (Wright Marshall).