The final mainland UK National Texel Sale, the English National Sale, Worcester, saw the breed’s centre shearling ram record smashed when the first prize winning shearling from the Chave family’s Peacehay flock sold for 23,000gns.
Demand for Texel sires was once again exceptional with increased numbers sold in both the shearling and ram lamb sections and a record average in shearling section and the second highest ever average in the ram lamb section.
Such was the success of the sale that the shearling ram average rose £469 on the year while numbers sold increased by 14% and the ram lamb average jumped by £217.73.
Texel Sheep Society chief executive John Yates said the English National Sale had followed on from bumper sales at both Lanark and Welshpool for the Scottish and Welsh National Sales, with commercial buyers bidding strongly at all three venues for the sheep on offer.
“The English National Sale has once again seen a number of volume commercial buyers competing strongly for both shearling rams and ram lambs and bidding strongly throughout the day.
“Averages across the board are well up on last year and significantly ahead of the three year rolling average, with more rams sold on the year too and great clearance rates too. Without a doubt commercial buyers are voting with their feet and buying rams with the potential to breed premium quality prime lambs and female replacements.”
Top call of the day at 23,000gns came for Peacehay Ya Belter from the Chave family’s Somerset-based flock. This son of the £35,000 Scrogtonhead U Stoater is out of a dam by Sheeoch Tardis and had previously been male champion and interbreed pairs champion at Devon County Show this year. He was also first prize shearling in the pre-sale show.
Buying this one in a three-way split were Robin and Caroline Orr, Halbeath, Messrs Gray, Langside and Drayton Farm Partnership, Meonside.
Second best in the shearling rams was a 5300gns call for Whitehart Young Gun from Jim and Nicola Hartwright. This son of Loosebeare Voomer is out of a Cherryvale Shergar dam and sold to Geoff Probert, Aymester, Leominster.
Then making 2300gns was Whitehart You Cracker from the same home. Sired by Strawfrank Wild Thing, he is out of a dam by Humeston River Dance and was knocked down to Richard and Margaret Lawrence, for the Coton flock, Market Bosworth.
And at 2000gns was another of the Whitehart shearlings, HWN1603002, a son of Loosebeare Voomer out of a dam by Kelso Oxygen. He was the choice of R G and R Jones and Sons, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire.
Topping the ram lambs at 17,000gns late in the sale was Usk Vale Albatross, from Will Davis. This son of the 35,000gns Strathbogie Ya Belter is out of a Castlecairn Vavavoom-sired dam and sold to Gordon and David Gray, Selkirk, for the Ettrick and Tima flocks.
Second best of the lambs at 6500gns was Ellen Valley Avici from George Wilkinson. This Midlock Yorkie son is out of a dam by Drumpark President and was bought by Jim Innes for the Strathbogie flock.
Then selling at 6000gns was Foreman Hill Apache. Bred by Michael Leggat, this lamb is by Millar’s Windbrook and out of a dam by Strathbogie Terminator and was first prize in the novice flock class in the pre-sale show. He sold to Iolo Prys Jones for the Llangwm flock, with equal shares taken by Tom Evans for the Welsh flock and Ryan Bradley for the Bradleys flock.
A trio of lambs then sold at 5500gns, with the first of these being the pre-sale champion, Sportsmans Alabama from Charlie Boden. He is a son of Ellen Valley Wild West, the reserve male champion at last year’s English National Sale, and is out of a dam by Milnbank Times Square. He sold with an index of 305 and was knocked down to William Doherty, Co Donegal, Eire.
The second to sell at this price was the reserve overall champion, Millar’s Abu Dhabi from Cyril and Martin Millar, Northern Ireland. This son of Milnbank Womaniser is out of a Knap Vital Spark dam. This one was taken in a two-way partnership by the Quick family and Jim and Nicola Hartwright for the Loosebeare and Whitehart flocks, respectively.
And, early in the sale Robbie Wilson sold his second prize winning Milnbank Axl Rose at the same money. This son of Halbeath VIP is out of a dam by Strathbogie Untouchable and was bought by Jonathan Rees, Rhyd-Y-Foel, Abergele.
Gordon Gray then took 4800gns for his best, Ettrick Auld Lang Syne, a Clinterty Yuga Khan son out of a dam by Castlecairn Vital Spark and with an index of 356. This one was bought by Messrs Owens, Shobdon, Leominster.
A 4200gns sale for another from Robbie Wilson followed that with this money paid by Andrew Thomas of the Brynmeini flock, Whitland, for Milnbank A Class. This Strathbogie Yes Sir son is out of a dam by Strathbogie Untouchable.
Close behind at 4000gns was the second of the day from Charlie Boden, Sportsmans Alonso, a Knock Will I Am son out of a dam by Milnbank Times Square. Selling with an index of 376 he was the pick of Paul Johnson for the Corriecravie flock.
Two then made 3800gns. The first of these was the last of the day from the Sportsmans pen, Sportsmans Atlanta. This son of Clinterty Yogi Bear is out of a Strathbogie Smokey Blue son and was taken by Richard and Margaret Lawrence for the Coton flock, Market Bosworth.
Carl Henry Bellis then took the same money for Cosyn Texels A Star, an Arkle You’re In son out of a dam by Tophill Union Jack, with this one bought in the belly of his dam last autumn. He sold to Derke Farr, Pontrilas, Herefordshire.
And following up at 3500gns was Whitehart All star from Jim and Nicola Hartwright. This Loosebeare Yahoo son is out of a Milnbank Vorderman daughter and sold to Jon and Bridget Booker, Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire.
Averages; 57 shearling rams £1298.50 (+£469), 190 ram lambs £1194.57 (+£217.73) (McCartneys).