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Scottish National Sale 2014

Scottish National Texel Sale grosses £1,049,925 and tops at 145,000gns

Today’s Scottish National Texel Sale, Lanark, saw a solid trade from start to finish, with 390 ram lambs selling to average £2487.23, a rise of £177.68 on the year for 20 more sold.

British Texel Sheep Society chief executive John Yates said the sale has been a ringing endorsement of the Society’s and Texel breeders’ clear focus on the commercial demands of modern sheep farmers. “While the top end of the trade clearly drew the pedigree breeders there was a solid commercial demand right through the sale, with good lambs easily sold.

“And with the top two priced lambs both coming from young breeders it is pleasing to see that in the Society’s 40th anniversary year the younger generation are at the forefront of the breed. 

“The Texel breed is the dominant force in the British sheep industry and as today’s sale proves reaching the top of the breed can be achieved relatively quickly with careful breeding and buying decisions.”

Mr Yates added that the sales 82% clearance rate for the ram lambs was the highest recorded at Lanark in the history of the breed and the sale was also the highest ever grossing Texel Breed Society sale. “

Leading the prices and taking the second highest ever price for a sheep in the UK at 145,000gns was Robert Cockburn’s ram lamb Knap Viscious Sid, from his Crieff, Perthshire-based flock. 

Robert’s sale topper, a much admired lamb from the pre-sale show is a son of the 7000gns Tamnamoney Tuborg Gold and is out of a dam by Baltier Rascal I. He had stood fifth in the pre-sale show and had previously been first prize ram lamb at Lesmahagow Show.

After some fierce bidding this one sold to Charlie Boden Sportsmans, Keith, Alan and Roy Campbell, Cowal, and Hugh and Alan Blackwood, Auldhouseburn. 

Second best of the day was an 85,000gns bid for Cornmore Velvet Jacket from young first time vendor John Leitch, Castlederg, Co Tyrone. This Tullylagan Tonka son is out of a Sheeoch Ringmaster dam and was again the subject of much pre-sale speculation, finally being knocked down to John Forsyth, Glenside and Alasdair Beatton, Wester Crosshill.

Another Northern Irish breeder was in the money with the third top of the day, when Brian Hanthorn, Tynan, Co Armagh, sold at 52,000gns. This was his ram lamb Mullan Vivaldi, an Oberstown Usain Bolt son out of a Douganhill McFly dam. He sold to Neil and Stuart Barclay, Harestone, Jim Innes Strathbogie, and Graham Morrison, Deveronvale.

Maybole, Ayrshire-based John Forsyth then recouped some of his outlay when he took 42,000gns for Glenside Valhalla from John Forsyth. This is a son of the 20,000gns Strathbogie Upping The Ante and is out of a dam by Strathbogie Python. He sold to Robbie Wilson, Milnbank, and Jim Innes, Strathbogie.

After that the next best of the sale was a 13,000gns bid for Garngour Vintage from Alan, Andrew and Dye Clark. This son of the 38,000gns sire Springwell Ulsterboy is out of a Strathbogie Smokey Blue daughter and sold with an index of 307. He went to Albert and George Howie, Knock, Sandy Lee, Fordafourie, and Willie Knox, Haddo.

Selling for 11,000gns was Stainton Vigilante from Peter Woof. This one had been first prize ram lamb at the Great Yorkshire Show and is an Anglezarke Uno son out of a dam by Sportsmans Trojan and sold to a consortium consistig of Kerr Jarvie, Duncryne, Jennifer Lodge, Heyworth Lodge, David McKerrow, Nochnary, Donald Allan, Ballochneck, James Robinson, Kaker Mill.

Also making this price was the best of the day from Robbie Wilson, Milnbank Vantastic. Sired by Strathbogie Untouchable he is out of a Mossknowe Pudsey dam which is also dam of the first prize gimmer at the Highland last year. Selling with an index of 276 he heads to the Arkle flock of George Wilkinson.

Taking the final five figure bid of the day 10,000gns was Crailloch Vinnie from the McColm family, Newton Stewart. Sired by Cambwell Union he is out of a dam by Annan Okay Dokey and sold to Ian Millar, Ballyclare, Northern Ireland.

Four then traded at 8000gns, the first of which was Procters Viscount from Procters Farm under the stewardship of Jeff Aiken. This son of last year’s 11,000gns Lanark champion Tophill Union Jack is out of a dam by Garngour Major and sold with an index of 263 to Keith Jamieson, Annan.

The other at this money was another from the Clark brothers, Garngour Vendetta. Again sired by the 38,000gns Ulsterboy he is out of another Smokey Blue daughter and sold to Eldon Thomas, Wydden, and Robin Ellis, Eglur.

Also making 8000gns was Cowal Viceroy from Keith, Alan and Roy Campbell. He is by Milnbank Ur the Boy and out of a Cambwell Socrates sired dam. He was purchased by a Northern Ireland syndicate of Messrs Gordon, Trimble, Cunningham, Bellis, Garrivan and Fyffe.

The final 8000gns lamb was Hilltop Valhalla when selling to Robert Laird, Cambwell, Gordon Gray, Ettrick and Robert Johnstone, Crawfordjohn. Sired by the Sportsmans Trojan II son Hilltop Uncle Sam he is out of a Clinterty Par One daughter.

Just shy of that at 7500gns was Michael Leggat’s lamb Foreman Hill Vampire. This Tullagh Saracen son is out of a dam by Glenside Razzle Dazzle and sold in partnership to Bruce Goldie, Goldies, and R H and J A Bell, Teviot.

Also selling at this price was Douglas Webster’s first lamb in the ring, Lower Reiss Vulcan, a Mellor Vale Ultimatum son out of Cairness Ranger dam. This one sold in a four way split to T Woodcock, The Hagg, N Edmondson, Castle Bank, Donald MacPherson, Castlehills, and Ian Murray, Glenway. 

And another at 7500gns was Robert Cockburn’s second lamb, Knap Vital Spark, a Tullagh Saracen son out of a dam by Knock Papoose. He sold to Northern Ireland with Darren McKay, Rowandale and Martin and Cyril Millar, Millar’s at 7500gns.

Another pair then shared the next best tag of 7000gns, with the first of these being Sportsmans Viper from the Boden and Davies partnership. Sired by the 42,000gns Tullylagan Tonka he is out of a Mellor Vale Officer daughter and sold to Craig Ridley, Haltcliffe. 

The second to take a 7000gns bid was the well travelled Orrisdale Viking from Pip Kermode and family, Isle of Man. He’s by Knock Trident and had been reserve male champion at the Great Yorkshire. Out of a dam by Tamnamoney Moonshine he sold the Hammond family, Tullylagan, and Martin and Cyril Millar, Millar’s.  Selling for 6,500gns to Robert Bennett & Matt Ellis, Plasucha and Cressage flocks respectively, was Andrew Fyffe’s Fairywater Valient. 

Other Leading Prices

6200gns – Knock Vantastic fom Albert and George Howie to Douglas Webster, Lower Reiss

6000gns – Sportsmans Vincent from Boden and Davies to Messrs Haston, Dearham, Maryport

               Sportsmans Viera from Boden and Davies to Keith Hourston, Orkney

               Strathbogie VIP from Jim Innes to Messrs Kinloch, Cardross, Dumbartonshire, and Messrs Gibson, Gartochan

               Boghouse V-Ewe Finder from K Johnstone to Osian Rhys, Lon Pant, Caernarfon

5800gns – Procters Va Va Voom from Procters Farm to Messrs Kermode, Isle of Man

5000gns – Stainton Victor from Peter Woof to Martin Warnock and Michael Smyth, both Northern Ireland   

Average; 390 ram lambs £2487.23 (Lawrie and Symington).

Texel shearling ewes hit 7000gns high at Lanark

Texel shearling ewes continue to meet strong demand, with the females at the Scottish National Sale, Lanark, peaking at 7000gns for one from the Ettrick flock of Gordon Gray and family.

The Ettrick sale leader, GGH1303204 is a Knock Papoose daughter out of a dam by Mitchelhill Paparazzi and with an index of 374. She sold to Archie Hamilton, Lanark for the Smyllum flock.

Selling for the evening’s second best call of 5500gns was the pre-sale female and overall champion, Robbie Wilson’s gimmer, LYM1301012, a Teiglum Tornado. She’s out of a Millar’s Outstanding dam and also sold to Mr Hamilton.

Then making 4500gns was the reserve female and reserve overall champion from the pre-sale show, Robert Laird’s LTC1301593. She’s a Cambwell Trademark daughter out of a dam by Cambwell Laird and went to Albert and George Howie’s Knock flock, Mintlaw, Aberdeenshire.

Robbie Wilson then took 3200gns for his second LYM1301131. Another by Tornado and this time out of a Razzle Dazzle dam. She sold to Messrs Armstrong.

At 3000gns was for D McKay’s YMK1300261 (lot 17), a Glenside Topgun daughter out of a Fairywater Olympic dam. She sold to Patrick Donelly, Northern Ireland. 

John Forsyth then took 3000gns twice, the first time for FPG1300647, a Mellor Vale The One daughter out of a dam by Strathbogie Python, which sold to Messrs Teward, Staindrop, Darlington.

The second Glenside glimmer from John Forsyth at this money was FPG1300725 when selling to Stuart Hunter, Aberdeenshire. She’s by Milnbank Tank and out of a Strathbogie Python dam.

Following her at 3000gns was the Watkins family’s WJJ1300313, a Razzle Dazzle daughter out of a dam by Rascarrel Pepermint. She went to Mark and Val Collins, Howsham, York. 

Peter Woof then sold at 2600gns for WPS1300439, a Sportsmans Tremendous II daughter out of a dam by Cambwell Mountain. She sold to Andrew Neilson for the Brackenridge flock.

Then at 2500gns was John Forsyth’s gimmer, FPG1300632, another by The One and out of a Clinterty Ronaldo dam. She sold to Messrs Alderson, Barrowford, Lancashire.

Then at 2500gns was WPS1300513 from Peter Woof. She’s another by the Sportsmans Tremendous II and out of a Knock Oyster dam. Buying this one was Mark Breen for the Balygreenan flock, Nothern Ireland. 

Peter Woof also sold WPS1300432, another by the same sire and out of a Mellor Vale Missile dam at 2300gns to Roger Strawbridge, Northern Ireland.

Then at 2100gns was John Mellin’s MJH1303428, a Hilltop Predator daughter out of a dam by Knock Orocco. She sold with an index of 227 to Donald Rankin, Isle of Skye.

Average; 54 gimmers £1479.72

Milnbank gimmer leads pre-sale show at Lanark

Taking the female and overall championship in the pre-sale show at the Scottish National Sale, Lanark, was Robbie Wilson’s gimmer from the Milnbank flock, LYM1301012. This daughter of the 60,000gns Teiglum Tornado is out of a Millar’s Outstanding daughter and has an index of 293.

Standing reserve female champion and also taking the reserve overall title was Robert Laird’s Cambwell gimmer, LTC1301593, a Cambwell Trademark daughter out of a dam by Cambwell Laird.

In the male championship the title once again fell to the Milnbank flock, this time with Milnbank Vienna, a Strathbogie Untouchable son out of a Glenside Razzle Dazzle daughter. This one was the winner of the recorded ram lamb class and has an index of 319.

Reserve male championship honours fell to the Alford family with their winner from the YDP ram lamb class, Foxhilfarm Vinnie, a Strathbogie Terminator son out of a dam by Kelso Pedro.

Full class results

Shearling Ewes

1- Robbie Wilson’s LYM1301012

2- Robert Laird’s LTC1301593

3- Peter Woof’s WPS1300513

4- Gordon Gray’s GGH1303204

5- D McKay’s YMK1300261


Shearling Rams

1- Gordon Gray’s Ettrick U Tube

2- A and J Alston’s Drumchapel Upstart II


YDP Ram Lambs

1- Melanie Alford’s Foxhilfarm Vinnie

2- Allan Campbell’s Strawfrank Van Persie

3- Tom and Ian Walling’s Whitlaw Valencia

4- Charlotte Alford’s Wayside Victory

5- Douglas Webster’s Lower Reiss Vulcan


Open Ram Lambs

1- Alastair Gault’s Forkins Versace

2- Jim Innes’ Strathbogie Venom

3- Robbie Wilson’s Milnbank Valdaron

4- Brian Hanthorn’s Mullan Vivaldi

5- Robert Cockburn’s Knap Vicious Sid


Performance Recorded Ram Lambs

1- Robbie Wilson’s Milnbank Viera

2- Clark Farms’ Teiglum Vigilante

3- Boden and Davies’ Sportsmans Valencia

4- Keith, Alan and Roy Campbell’s Cowal Viceroy

5- John Houghton’s Tophill Viper


Female champion – Robbie Wilsons LYM1301012

Reserve female champion – Robert Laird’s LTC1301593


Male champion – Robbie Wilson’s Milnbank Viera

Reserve male champion – Melanie Alford’s Foxhillfarm Vinnie


Supreme champion – Robbie Wilson’s LYM1301012

Reserve supreme champion – Robert Laird’s LTC1301593

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