An insatiable demand for Texel gimmers at the first National Sale of the season, the Scottish National Sale, Lanark, saw the average price jump by more than £220 on the corresponding fixture last year.
With a top call of 7500gns and a further four gimmers at 5000gns or more the ringside bid eagerly for the best of the genetics on offer resulting in an 89% clearance rate of the 75 offered.
Topping the trade was one of the last gimmers of the evening to be sold, the Watkins family’s third prize gimmer from the pre-sale show from the Cwmcerrig flock, WJJ1601016. This daughter of Glenside Razzle Dazzle is out of a dam by Kelso Pavarotti and sold with an inex of 392. Buying this one was Kenny Pratt for the Hilltop flock.
Next best at 6800gns was the female champion from the pre-sale champion from the Mellin family’s Hull House flock, MJH1605165. Sired by Langside Thunderbird, she is out of a Hull House Undercover daughter. She was bought by Stewart Ferris, Northern Ireland.
After that at 6200gns was Brian Hanthorn’s Garngour Upperclass daughter, HBN1601404. This one is out of a dam by Haddo Ringleader and sold with an index of 405. Buying her was Stephen Cobbold, Acton, Suffolk.
Then making 5800gns came a gimmer from the Glanllyn flock of Edward Pugh, PUG1600855. She is by Stainton Vantage II and out of a Tullylagan Tonka daughter and was the choice of Paul Delves, Shropshire.
Close behind at 5500gns was Gordon Gray’s gimmer from the Ettrick flock, GGH1606006, a daughter of Ellen Valley Warlord out of a dam by Craig Douglas Uther. She sold with an index of 313 and was bought by Mark Priestley, Northern Ireland.
A pair then sold at 3200gns, with the first of these being from Robert Bennett’s Plasucha flock. This was BFE1606083, a Kelso Wiseman daughter out of a dam by Garngour Upperclass and bought by Nick Legge.
The other at this money was the Clark family’s best from their pen, CJN1604412. Sired by Halbeath VIP she is out of a dam by Forkins Ulysses and sold to Messrs Wilkinson for the Langlands flock.
Making 2400gns was a Fairywater gimmer from Andrew Fyfee. She is by Fairywater Valiant and out of a dam by Glenside Dazzle, with this one selling in a three way split to G R Williams, Ty Newydd, Wayne Phillips, Goltre Uchaf and Tom Evans, Llanddarog.
Averages; 67 gimmers £1550.55 (Lawrie and Symington).