The Solway and Tyne Texel Club’s first sale at Carlisle saw a high of 30,000gns, with the ram lamb average jumping more than £400 on the year as both pedigree and commercial buyers dug deep to secure the best on offer.
Leading the trade was a ram lamb from Albert and George Howie, West Knock, Peterhead. This was Knock Yankee which was knocked down to a consortium of buyers, including, Peter and Rose Woof, Stainton, Claybury Texels, Shrewsbury, Richard Wilson, Eden Valley, Robert Bennett, Plasucha, Edward Pugh, Glanllyn, David McKerrow, Nochnary and Robert Pierce, Oldford. A February born triplet, Yankee is by Knock’s successful stock ram Tophill Wall St and out of a Cambwell Trademark ewe, purchased from Cambwell for 4500gns.
Second best of the sale was a 15,000gns for Jim Innes last in the ring which sold to R J Teward & Son, Staindrop, Darlington. Strathbogie Yogi, is by Millar’s Windbrook and out of a Glenside Razzle Dazzle ewe.
The making 14,000gns was Robbie Wilson’s Milnbank Yellowstone, a son of Glenside Willy Nilly which found a new home with Ibrahim Jaeban, Forth House, Cockermouth. Yellowstone’s dam is by Strathbogie Untouchable and her ET sister sold in 2015 for 7000gns.
A second 14,000gns bid came from Matt and Craig Ridley, Haltcliffe, Wigton, when they bought Tima Yogi Bear, from David Gray, Sunnycroft, Selkirk. Yogi Bear is a Shannah Won-O- Won lamb, with an index of 327 and had previously been champion at Northumberland.
Robbie Wilson’s champion from the previous evening, from Brain MacTaggart, Douganhill Farms, Castle Doulglas, was eagerly awaited in the ring and did not disappoint when he sold for 12,000gns to Paul O’Connor, Downpatrick, Northern Ireland. Douganhill Young Gun is by Sportsmans Tremendous II and out of a Hull House Special Brew ewe. Another from the pen, Douganhill Young Blood, also by Tremendous, sold to Matthew MacTaggart, Rascarrel, Ian Barbour, Beechgrove, Annan and Paul Delves, Churchstoke, Shropshire, for 5000gns in a three way split.
Charlie and Stephanie Boden had to wait to the end of the sale to take 7000gns for their Knock Will I Am sired lamb, Sportsmans Yankee Doodle, when he was knocked down to Peter Woof, Stainton Richard Wilson, Eden Valley, D Nesbitt, Seascale and Robert Pierce Oldford.
A bid of 6000gns saw the first from Robert Osborne’s, Durisdeer Flock, Thornhill, Dumfries, go to T Nesbitt & Sons, Alwent Hall, Darlington. Durisdeer Yankee is by Llangwm Wario and out of a Bradleys Taurus ewe. His next in the ring by the same sire sold for 5,200gns and went to J Buchan Torrax, Kirriemuir. Durisdeer Youngster is out of a Hexel Toy Boy ewe.
William McCaffrey then sold Scholars You Know, by Eden Valley Wiz Kid for 5000gns to John Mackie, Milton of Noth. This lamb is and out of a Sportsmans Trojan II ewe.
Jim Innes took the same money for the third prize lamb from the show the previous evening, with this being a Millar’s Windbrook son and out of a Scholars Twenty Twelve ewe, selling to John Forsyth Glenside for 5000gns.
David Gray then purchased Clinterty Yankee Doodle from Brian Buchan, Clinterty, Aberdour for 4500gns. Yankee Doodle is by Tophill Wall St and out of a dam by Ettrick Smasher.
The second last lot in the ring saw Sportsmans Young Yin sell to Archie Hamilton, Smyllum, Lanark, for 4000gns. Again by Will I Am he is out of a Milnbank Special One ewe.
And another 4000gns bid from John Peterkin, Beauly, Invernesshire, secured Knock Yogi from Albert and George Howie, Knock, Peterhead. Another by the Tophill Wall St ram, he is out of a very productive dam by Garngour Nobleman and has an index of 351.
In the shearling ring, bidding was brisk. The Strathbogie flock, showing shearlings for the first time at the sale, again featured strongly in the top prices. Their first prize ram and reserve male champion from the previous evening, sold jointly for 7800gns to Robert Cockburn, Knapp Flock, Errol Perthshire, and Messrs Wood and Hunter Dalchirla, Crieff. He is again out of a ewe by the successful Glenside Razzle Dazzle and by Aman Vyrnwy. He was followed into the ring by Strathbogie Willie who sold for 5800gns to RC Ellis, Eglur Flock, Llaneurgain, Flinshire and William McCaffrey, Scholars Flock, Cheshire.
The usual consignment from Douganhill led off with a bid of 5200gns from Paul Quick, Loosebeare, Devon, for Douganhill Whisky Mac by Douganhill Urastar and out of a Claybury Powerpack mother.
Robin and Caroline Orr’s, Halbeath flock from Dunfermline took the next two top prices, when a Halbeath VIP son out of a Teiglum Topper ewe sold to George and Harry Wilkinson, Arkle, Wigton, for 4000gns and their second prize shearling made 3600gns to a Northern Ireland consortium, including Paul O’connor, Downpatrick, Alistair Gault, Forkins, Richard Henderson, Ballynahone, Sam McCauley, Ballymoney and Roger Strawbridge, Coleraine.
The females the previous evening were a good trade seeing most sold, with the leader coming from the reduction of the Allanfauld Flock from Archie and John MacGregor, Kilsyth, Glasgow. A Goldies Velocity daughter out of a ewe by Strathbogie Stifler, this gimmer had an index of 351. She sold to Boden and Davies Ltd, Sportsman Flock for 5000gns.
Robert Cockburn sold his Knapp gimmer by Tamnamoney Tuborg Gold to James Herdman, Dromore, Northern Ireland, for 4800gns. She is out of a Knock show ewe by Baltier Rascal.
There were two bids for 4000gns. The first went to the second prize winner from Richard Wilson, Eden Valley flock when she sold to Page Farm Partnership, Rookwith, Ripon, and the top price lamb of the night from Leigh Smith’s Majestic Flock, Hensingham, Cumbria, also sold for 4000gns, when Messrs Boden and Davies added her to their previous purchase. She is by Glenside Valhalla and had been champion at Skelton and Penrith shows.
Averages; one aged ram £1890, 265 ram lambs £1264.40, 179 shearling rams £979.78, 12 ewe lambs £892.50, 85 gimmers £845, 23 Allanfauld gimers £957.60 (Harrison and Hetherington).