Sportsmans A Star from Charlie Boden, Macclesfield, Cheshire, shone the brightest at the Scottish National Texel Sale, Lanark, on a day which saw nearly 20% more ram lambs sold than at the corresponding fixture and the sale gross more than £1.2m for the first time in the breed’s history.
Texel Sheep Society chief executive said the strong lamb trade throughout the summer months, coupled with the ability of the breed to suit a wide variety of production systems was behind the increase in demand.
“Added to this commercial producers are recognising the high level of breed development work, including more than £3m currently being invested in genomic research, and are voting with their wallets.
“While the high prices seen at sales such as this aren’t directly paid by commercial farmers, the pyramid effect of the pedigree industry means that increased commercial demand filters up to ram breeders who in turn invest in their businesses with the best available genetics,” explained Mr Yates.
The sale leader, Sportsmans A Star, is a son of last year’s 70,000gns Lanark sale leader Teiglum Young Gun, with his dam being a daughter of former Lanark champion Cairnam Talisman. Selling with an index of 354, this lamb was subject to a fierce bidding battle which was eventually won by a brace of breeders sharing him, with Hugh and Alan Blackwood, Auldhouseburn and John Forsyth, Glenside the eventual buyers.
And Charlie Boden was also involved in the second highest price of the day when he paid 50,000gns for Deveronvale Ace of Diamonds from Graham Morrison’s Aberdeenshire-based flock. This lamb is by Millar’s Windbrook and out of a Scholars Twenty Twelve daughter.
Next best at 42,000gns were a brace of lambs, with Charlie Boden also involved in one of these transaction, taking a half share in Knockem Abracadabra from young breeders Charlotte and James Nicholson. Sired by the homebred Knockem Yabba Dabba Doo, this lamb had stood first at the Royal Highland and is out of a dam by Hull House Space Cowboy. Buying the other half of this lamb was Danny Sawrij, Kedzlie Farms.
The other 42,000gns call came earlier in the day for the much fancied Mullan Armani from Northern Irish breeder Brian Hanthorn. He is by Glenside Willie Winkie and out of a Haddo Ringleader daughter. Sold with an index of 387, he was knocked down to Jim Innes for the Strathbogie flock, Aberdeenshire.
Following that came two at 24,000gns. First at this level was Fordafourie Amalert from veteran breeder Sandy Lee, Aberdeenshire. This son of Stainton You Bet is out of a Garngour Ultimatum daughter and was another on the shopping list of Charlie Boden, with shares in this one also taken by Robin Ellis, Matthew Ellis and William McCaffrey.
The second at this money was another lamb late in the day, Allanfauld Am The Man, a Knap You’re The Man son. He is out of a dam by Garngour Ultimatum and has an index of 484. This one was shared by three breeders, Albert and George Howie, Knock, the Knox family, Haddo and the Ingram family, Logie Durno, all Aberdeenshire.
A 22,000gns bid followed that, with this price paid for Midlock Avicii from the Wight family, Biggar. This one is by Clinterty Yuga Khan and out of a dam by Teiglum Thunder and sold to three breeders; David Houghton, Tophill, the Campbell family, Cowal and Steven Symes, Anglezarke.
After that at 20,000gns was another from Charlie Boden, Sportsmans Advantage. This Clinterty Yogi Bear son is out of a Strathbogie Untouchable daughter and has an index of 344. He found a new home with Hartside Farms, Biggar and Robin and Caroline Orr, Dumfermline.
And then at 19,000gns was the best of the day from the Clark brothers, Alan, Andrew and David, with this being Teiglum Admiral, a son of homebred sire Teiglum Windfall out of a dam by Castlecairn Vavavoom. Selling with an index of 389, he went home with Stephen Cobbold, Acton, Suffolk.
Next best came at 16,000gns, when John Leitch, Northern Ireland, sold Cornmore Ace, a Sportsmans You’re a Winner son out of a Stonehills Unbeatable sired dam bred in the Cambwell flock of the Laird family. And it was Robert Laird that led a consortium of three breeders to buy him, with the other two partners being E G Thomas, Conwy and the Wilkinson family, Aspatria.
Two then sold at 15,000gns, with the first of these being Hexel Apex from Donald and Sarah MacPherson. Sired by Castlecairn Vavavoom, he is out of a Brackenridge Strongbow dam and was bought by Messrs Ridley, Haltcliffe.
The other to make this price was Milnbank Alfonso, a Halbeath VIP son from Robbie Wilson, Aberdeenshire. He is out of a ewe by Strathbogie Untouchable and sold in a six way split to Ian Murray, Wooler, Donald and Sarah MacPherson, Berwick-On-Tweed, Ted Fox, Biggar, Jack Arnott, Kelso, Esmor Evans, Mold and Messrs Watson and Redhead, Berwick-On-Tweed.
The penultimate five figure bid was a 13,000gns call for Nochnary Am Yer Man from David McKerrow and family. This lamb by Knock Yankee had stood champion at the Great Yorkshie and is out of an Ettrick Ura Winner daughter. He sold in a four way deal to Archie Hamilton, Smyllum and Paul Delves, Bridgeview, Iain Barbour, Solwaybank and Nick Woodmass.
And the final five figure call was an 11,000gns sale for the best of the day from Robert Bennett’s Plasucha flock. This was Plasucha All Star, sired by the 30,000gns Knock Yankee and out of a dam by Connachan Sharky. He sold to Donald and Sarah MacPherson, Hexel, and the Campbell family, Cowal, with a third share retained by Mr Bennett.
Other leading prices
9000gns – David Preacher’s Holylee Acrobat to Robbie Wilson and Jemma Green.
9000gns – Gordon Gray’s Ettrick Avatar to David Morrison.
9000gns – Paul and Baillie O’Connor’s Drumgooland Aga Khan to Messrs McNeill, Conway and Mullan.
8500gns – David Gray’s Tima Ace to Brian Joseph and Matthew Ellis.
7500gns – Angus McColm’s Crailloch Ammunition to Messrs Neilson and Clark.
7000gns – Brian Hanthorn’s Mullan Almighty to Messrs Currie.
7000gns – Allan Chisholm’s Wester Moy Active to Messrs Rees and Evans.
7000gns – Cyril and Martin Millar’s Millar’s Action Man to Alisdair Beaton.
7000gns – William Knox’s Haddo Amigo to James Theyer.
Average; 415 ram lambs £2702 (Lawrie and Symington).