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Searing demand for gimmers at English National

It wasn’t just the temperatures which hit the top of the scale at Monday’s sale of Texel gimmers at the English National Sale, Worcester, with demand for Texel shearling ewes as hot as the temperature outside.

With a strong offering of females from vendors across the UK, the sale recorded the highest number sold in more than 10 years as well as the second highest ever centre average, just £35 behind last year’s record centre average which included a centre record sale of 16,000gns.

Topping the 2017 fixture was a 4500gns call for the sixth prize gimmer from the pre-sale show, an Ettrick Van Gogh daughter from Robert Cockburn’s Knap flock. This was CKP1600768, a shearling out of a dam by Tullagh Saracen which sold to Robin and Caroline Orr for the Halbeath flock, Dunfermline, Fife.

Then making 4200gns was the first prize gimmer and female champion from Alastair Gault’s Forkins flock. This was GAF1601687, a Duncryne Uber Cool daughter out of a dam by Oberstown Usain Bolt which is maternal sister to the £15,000 Balmoral champion. This one was bought by Co Donegal, Eire-based youngsters Chaylee and Lorraine Greene.

Just shy of that at 4000gns was one from fellow Northern Irish breeder Andrew Kennedy’s Maineview pen. This was KMR1600577, an ET bred daughter of Holylee Volcano out of a dam by Garngour Upperclass. She sold to Steve and Helen Smith, Welshpool, for the Pen Parc flock.

After that came a 3800gns bid for the third prize gimmer from Jim Innes, Strathbogie. This was IJS1600683. Sired by Glenside Wild Boy, she is out of a dam by Glenside Razzle Dazzle and was bought by Rob Mason, Out Rawcliffe, Preston.

David Gray’s Tima gimmer then sold at 3000gns, with this being GCT1606275, an Ellen Valley Warlord daughter out of a dam by Thinacres Grenade. Sold with an index of 393 she was bought by C Hughes, Anglesey.

Next best after that was a 2500gns bid for another from Andrew Kennedy, KMR1600532. Another ET bred gimmer, this one is by Corskie Whopper and out of a dam by Duncryne Uber Cool. She was knocked down to G J and E Thomas, Cardigan, Dyfed.

Following her at 2200gns was one from Cyril and Martin Millar, VMG1601447. She is by Knap Vital Spark and out of a dam by Teiglum Troy and was the choice of T D and J I Rees, Brecon, Powys.

And selling for 2000gns was a gimmer late in the sale from David Houghton’s Tophill flock, HPH1600937. Sired by Stainton Whinlatter, she is out of a dam by Milnbank Times Square and sold to G A Morgan, Bearwood, Leominster.

Average; 92 gimmers £967.14(McCartneys).

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