Saturday’s (6 January) North West Texel Breeders Club Sale at Beeston saw a rampant demand for both in-lamb females and empty ewe lambs from a packed ringside.
Taking the day’s top price of 4100gns was the pre-sale champion, a gimmer from Spiros Spyrou’s Gib Farm flock. This Hexel Wildcard daughter is out of a dam by Deveronvale Superb and sold carrying twins to Eden Valley Al. She sold to Graham Morrison for the Deveronvale flock.
Second best at 3400gns was a gimmer from Gordon Gray’s Ettrick pen, an Ellen Valley Warlord daughter out of a dam by Sportsmans Unimog and in-lamb to the 17,000gns Usk Vale Albatross. She sold in a two-way split to Steven and Janet Symes, Anglezarke, and Steve Richardson, Stonebridge.
Then at 2000gns was another from Spiros Spyrou, another by Wildcard and this time carrying twins to Anglezarke Uno. She found a new home with A E Jones, Llangadog, Carmarthen.
Next best at 1800gns was one from the Boden family’s Sportsmans and Mellor Vale flocks, with this being a Strathbogie Whiplash daughter and carrying twins to Deveronvale Aerostar. She sold to Robert Evans, Hope Valley.
And at 1600gns was the best of the sale from Peter Woof’s Stainton pen. This was an Anglezarke Uno daughter and in-lamb to Knock Yankee. She was the pick of Steve Smith anf family, Pen Parc.
Another Stainton bred Uno daughter, this time carrying twins to Gyrhos Andy, headed for Haslington, Crewe, with David Lewis and Son at 1400gns.
The Bodens then sold at 1000gns, with this price paid for their reserve champion from the pre-sale show, a Whiplash daughter carrying to Teiglum Younggun. She again sold to Robert Evans.
Leading the ewe lamb trade at 1000gns was one from Gareth Evans’ Meifod pen, an Arkle You’re In daughter out of a dam by Knock Travis. She sold to Giles Pyman, Penrith.
Second best at 900gns was one from Procters Farm, with this being a Teiglum Younggun daughter which sold to Enda McManaman, Co Mayo, Eire.
Averages; Ewes £659.63, gimmers £739.67, ewe lambs £462 (Wright Marshall).