Saturday’s Gloucester and Border Counties Texel Club’ “Christmas Present” in-lamb sale recorded a bumper attendance, almost total clearance and a top price of 1050gns for an in lamb gimmer and the pre-sale show reserve champion from the Quick family’s Loosebeare flock. This Whitehart Taylor Made daughter carrying twins to Whitehart Ultra Modern being secured by Steve and Sarah Gibbons, Hay on Wye. The Loosebeare prefix enjoyed a sound following throughout ands old two Hull House Special Brew daughters both carrying twins at 900gns for the fifth prize winner to Daniel Bunting, Berkhamstead, Herts and 680gns to Helen Link, Romney Marsh, Kent.
A strong consignment form Jim and Nicola Hartwright’s Whitehart flock enjoyed a flying demand topping at 950gns for the fourth prize winner, a Langside the Gaffer daughter due with twins to Loosebeare Voomer’taken by David and Thomas Bradley-Farmer, Petersfield. The same buyers also took the first prize winner also carrying twins, but this time to Loosebeare Yahoo at 850gns. The third prize winner also from Whitehart by Humeston River Dance levelled at a creditable 640gns to Angela Small, Evesham, Worcs.
Prize winners were very much the flavour of the day with the overall champion from F H Chave and Son’s Peacehay flock carrying a single to the 2200gns Clarks Wizard being taken at 800gns by David Smith, Tockington, Bristol. Peacehay collected more rosettes in the show ring and were rewarded with a third prize winner by Blaencar Valient carrying triplets to Clarks Wizard making 700gns to D G and E A Thomas, Whitland, Carmarthen.
Ewe lambs were in brisk and keen demand with the first and second prize winners from Matt Hobbs Elkstone flock both by Watchknowe Win-a-lot selling at 240gns and 210gns both secured by James Keller, Combrook, Warks.
Averages: two in-lamb flock ewes £336, 63 in-lamb gimmers £532.50, six ewe lambs £213.50 (McCartneys).