The first prize in-lamb aged ewe from Mark and Val Collins, who run the Logram pedigree flock at Low Ground Fold, Howsham, York, was the top price 700gns performer at Skipton Auction Mart’s 25th annual winter Texel females show and sale, staged on behalf of Northern Area Texel Sheepbreeders.
Recipient of the NATSB Trophy, the February, 2015, daughter of the Scottish-bred Strathbogie Untouchable was out of a ewe by Glenside Razzle Dazzle – the dam was bought at the Insch dispersal sale in 2014 and is a maternal sister to the highly regarded Millar’s Windbrook.
The Skipton top price, which had earlier stood first in class as a lamb at Ryedale Show in 2015, was sold carrying twins to Millar’s A One, whose own sire, Cowal Yorkshire Lad, was male champion at last year’s Great Yorkshire Show.
The Collins family, who have been breeding pedigree Texels for the past four years, saw their charge find a new home in North Yorkshire with R N Kirby and Son, of Northallerton.
Calderdale’s Spyros Spyrou, of Gib Farm, Hebden Bridge, took second top call of 650gns with a February,2016, shearling ewe daughter of Hexel Wildcard, out of the Peter Woof-bred Stainton Vandal, whose own dam, by Deveronvale Superb, was supreme champion at the September breed highlight at Skipton four years earlier
The Collins family also sold a further entry at 450gns – this for the dam of their Skipton top price, a February, 2012, Insch ewe, who also bred the 2016 Malton breed champion and was again scanned in-lamb to Millar’s A One, plus others at 380gns, 320gns and 300gns, this for the third prize shearling ewe.
Local breeders, John and Linda Mellin, who run the Hull House flock in Hellifield, were next best on price at 450gns with the third prize shearling ewe, a February-born daughter of Milnbank Wicked and herself sold in-lamb to the North West Texel Breeders’ Club champion stock ram of 2016, Tamnamoney Young Willie McBride. The buyer was Anne Blythman of Bishopton in Co. Durham.
The Mellins also made 300gns with their second prize ewe, a Langside Thunderbird daughter again in-lamb to Young Willie, with the same price achieved by the fourth in class from the Cumbrian-based Woodhow flock of David Nesbitt, from Wasdale, near Seascale. By Brackenridge Underdog, she was sold in-lamb to Thacka Alliance.
Averages; gimmers £378, aged ewes £397 (CCM).