Texels were well sought after by a strong ringside of buyers at Saturday’s Winter Warmers collective sale of females at Newark, with the trip across from Cheshire to Newark proved worthwhile for Charlie Boden and shepherd Mark Priestley when their shearling ewe, BGS1401255, from the Sportsmans flock took the top price.
This daughter of the 40,000gns Milnbank Ur The Boy has been champion in the pre-sale show under judge Alec Brown and is out of a dam by the 42,000gns Tullylagan Tonka. Sold in-lamb to the homebred Mellorvale Wildcat she was knocked down for 1400gns to Henry Ashley and family for their Lincs flock, Boston.
Commenting on the sale Newark Market’s James Sealy said it had once again proven the demand for quality, well bred in-lamb ewes among breeders in the eastern counties. “Newark’s reputation as a prime sheep market continues to grow and this is being reflected in the demand seen among eastern counties breeders for quality breeding stock. Local breeders are seeking quality replacements to breed rams suited to producing the type of lamb our discerning buyers are willing to pay premiums for week in, week out,” he explained.
Second best of the day at 1000gns was the best of the day from the Somerset-based Chave family’s well travelled entry. This was CFP1401027 a daughter of Fachell Outlook out of a dam by Douganhill Lonestar. She was bought by Messrs Fenwick, Knaith, Gainsborough, and sold carrying to the homebred sire Peacehay Untouchable.
Then making 800gns was another of the Sportsmans gimmers, BGS1401200. Again ET bred by Milnbank Ur The Boy she is out of a Cowal Rob Roy II daughter which is dam of the 20,000gns Sportsmans Umpire. She sold in-lamb to Teiglum Vogue and was bought by Messrs Hepworth, Ashgate, Chesterfield.
The Chaves were then back in the money when they also took 800gns. This was paid for their gimmer CFP1400997, a daughter of Sheeoch Tardis out of a dam by the good figured Allanfauld Rockafella. She was in-lamb to Clarks Wizard and sold to Messrs Pollyn, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire.
After that came a 700gns call for another from the same home, CFP1401041. This daughter of the homebred sire Peacehay Untouchable is out of a dam by the noted Cennen Magnum and again sold in-lamb to Clarks Wizard. She was bought by Messrs Pollyn too.
Three then sold for 650gns, with all three coming from the Chaves’ Peacehay entry. First at this money was CFP1400944, a Sheeoch Tardis daughter out of a dam by Scolton Panther and in-lamb to Peacehay Untouchable. This one was knocked down to Grundy Farms, Spalding, Lincs.
Second to make this price was CFP1400996, another by Sheeoch Tardis and out of a dam by Allanfauld Rockafella. She sold in-lamb to Peacehay Untouchable and was bought by previous buyers Messrs Pollyn.
And the final call at this money came for CFP1400877, a Caebetran Trojan daughter out of a Douganhill Lonestar daughter. One again in-lamb to Untouchable she was again bought by Messrs Pollyn.
Following that came four 600gns bids, with the first coming for Peter Longdin’s gimmer LJW1400410 from the Wellingley flock. This one is by Oldfield Upperclass and out of a dam by Teiglum Spitfire. She was sold in-lamb to Tullylagan Wizard and found a new home with Messrs Payne, Stocksbridge, Sheffield.
The next at this level was Charlie Boden’s gimmer BGS1401208 from the Sportsman’s draft. This Strathbogie U2 daughter is out of a dam by Mellor Vale Officer and sold in-lamb to Teiglum Vogue. Buying her were Messrs Hepworth.
Then also making 600gns was another from Peacehay, CFP1400912, a Peacehay Untouchable daughter out of a dam by Scolton Panther and in-lamb to Clarks Wizard. She sold to earlier buyer Messrs Fenwick, Knaith.
And the final sale at this money was another from the same home, CFP1400960. Sired by Sheeoch Tardis she is out fo a dam by Fachell Outlook and was once again in lamb to Wizard. This one was bought by Messrs Summers and Son, Somersby, Gainsborough.
Averages; eight Texel in-lamb ewes £353.75, 39 Texel in-lamb gimmers £520, 15 Texel ewe lambs £333.33