The season opening Scottish National Texel Sale, Lanark, saw a six figure top call for a ram lamb from Myfyr Evans’ Rhaeadr flock, Denbigh, Wales, with the sale average jumping 26% on the year.
With an overall average of £3417.04, a rise of more than £700 on 2017’s fixture, there was a broadly optimistic mood among breeders, said Texel Sheep Society chief executive John Yates.
“Breeders were again looking to invest in the breed to further their businesses. However, there is no doubt costs incurred during the hard spring and expected to be incurred in the upcoming winter were on the minds of commercial buyers who were more reluctant with their spending.
“This reflects the trade seen at a number of early sales across the country and undoubtedly that, and the uncertainty surrounding future trade deals post-Brexit, were playing on the minds of commercial buyers.”
This sale topper was Rhaeadr Best of the Best from Welsh breeder Myfyr Evans, a much fancied lamb by the 70,000gns Teiglum Young Gun and out of a 12,000gns Auldhouseburn-bred ewe by the 145,000gns Knap Vicious Sid.
After attracting significant attention ahead of the sale this one was subject to a fierce bidding battle which quickly escalated past six figures before the hammer fell with the winning bidders being Hugh and Alan Blackwood buying for their Auldhouseburn flock, Murikirk, Ayrshire.
And the Blackwoods were involved in the day’s second best call of 75,000gns when selling one from their strong pen, Auldhouseburn Boss. This son of the 130,000gns Sportsmans A Star is out of a homebred dam by the 145,000gns Knap Vicious Sid, making this lamb a combination of recent high priced breeding. He was another heavily fought for lamb, with the buyers of this one being Keith, Roy and Alan Campbell for their Cowal flock, Argyll.
Then making 40,000gns was the day’s pre-sale champion from the Knox family’s Haddo flock. This was Haddo Balvenie, a Clinterty Yuga Khan son. He had been champion at the Royal Highland Show earlier in the year and is out of an Ellen Valley Warlord daughter.
Selling with an index of 470, he was bought in a three-way split by John Elliot, Roxburgh, Staplegrove Livestock, Foxhill, and Ken Hodge, Greenarch.
Late in the sale, which saw 20 sheep sell at five figures of more, came a 32,000gns bid for Plasucha Big Gun from Robert Bennett. This son of the homebred Plasucha All Star is out of a dam by Kelso Wiseman and sold with an index of 415, having stood first in the pre-sale show. This one heads to Cheshire, with Charlie Boden and family for the Sportsmans flock.
A brace then traded at 28,000gns, with the first of these being the very first lamb in the ring, Knock Banker from Albert and George Howie. This was another highly talked about lamb, being a son of Allanfauld Am The Man and out of a Garngour Vintage daughger and with an index of 356. He was bought by David McKerrow and family, Nochnary, and Robert Cockburn, Knap, with the Knox family retaining a third share for themselves.
Second to make this price was another of the Auldhouseburn pen, Auldhouseburn Billy The Kid. Again by the 130,000gns Sportsmans A Star, he is out of a 13,000gns Hullhouse-bred dam by Garngour Vodka and sold in a two-way split to Robert Cockburn, Knap, and Robbie Wilson, Milnbank.
The Boden family’s Sportsmans flock continued its successful run of recent years when selling Sportsmans Benchmark at 26,000gns. This son of Fordafourie Amalert, a 28,000gns buy from last year’s Lanark sale is a maternal brother to the 130,000gns Sportsmans A Star and sold to Graham Morrison for the Deveronvale flock and Jim Innes, Strathbogie, with an index of 390 and being out of a dam by Cairnam Talisman.
Following that came a 24,000gns bid for Haddo Breadwinner from the Knox family. This is a son of the good breeding Allanfauld Am The Man and out of a dam by Strathbogie Smokey Blue. Bought by a consortium of buyers, he was knocked down to Allan Campbell, Strawfrank, with shares taken by Andrew Neillson, Brackenridge and James Currie, Carlinside, with the vendors keeping a quarter share for themselves.
Taking a 22,000gns call was Cowal Bucking Bronco from Keith, Roy and Alan Campbell. This son of Midlock Avicii is out of a Tamnamoney Tuborg Gold-sired dam and had stood fifth in the recorded class at the Great Yorkshire Show and has an index of 444. He was bought by Robbie Wilson, Milnbank, and Jemma Green, Corskie.
Robert Bennett was back in the money when taking 20,000gns for Plasucha Boss Man, a son of Mullan Awesome out of a dam by Knock Yankee and with an index of 430. He sold in a two-way split to the Arnott family, Haymount, and Esmor Evans, Maerdy.
Three then followed at 17,000gns, with the first being Alderview Barrister from Northern Irish breeder Mark Patterson. This lamb was reserve champion at Balmoral earlier in the summer and is by Arkle Awesome and out of a dam by Hartside Volt. He was the pick of Gordon Gray, Ettrick, with a share going to the Cullen family’s Craighead flock.
The next at this money was Silvermere Baltic from first time vendor Michelle Tanya Hanson. This Strathbogie Yes Sir son is out of a Milnbank ewe by Strathbogie Untouchable and was 5thin the pre-sale show. He sold to the Clark family, Helen and sons, Alan, Andrew and David, and Robin and Caroline Orr, Halbeath, and the Wilkinson family, Arkle.
And the Clarks then took 17,000gns themselves for Garngour Bullet, a Fordafourie Young Star son which had been reserve champion in the pre-sale show. He’s out of a dam by Castlecairn Vavavoom and sold with an index of 466 when bought by Archie and John MacGregor, Allanfauld, Neil and Stuart Barclay, Harestone, and Kenny Pratt, Hilltop.
After that came a 15,000gns bid for Deveronvale Braveheart, a Mullan Armani son from Graham Morrison. This is out of a dam by Millar’s Windbrook and is from the same family as the 50,000gns Deveronvale Ace of Diamonds. This one heads across the water ton Northern Ireland with David McCreery, Topped, and John Leitch, Cornmore.
A 12,000gns call then came for Fordafourie Balvenie from Sandy Lee. This son of Fachell Victor is out of the same dam as the 28,000gns Fordafourie Amalert, sire of the 26,0000gns Sportsmans lamb and sold to Brian McTaggart for Douganhill Farms, Dumfriesshire, with a share taken by Procters Farm, Lancashire.
Making 11,000gns was another from the Blackwoods’ Auldhouseburn pen helping them to an average of £21, 962 for seven sold. This lamb, Auldhouseburn Bozo, is another by the 130,000gns A Star and is out of a dam by Glenside Willie Winkie. He found a new home in Wales with Idris Morris’ Fachell flock, with a half share going to H and I Williams Llyfni.
Young breeders Charlotte and James Nicholson then saw their lamb, Knockem Bright Spark sell at 10,500gns. This lamb is by Midlock Ali Baa Baa and out of a Strathbogie Untouchable daughter. He was bought in a shared deal by Messrs MacGregor, The Dyke, the Gilmour family, Humeston, and Malcolm Coubrough, Hartside.
Then came a trio at 10,000gns, with the first of these being Tamnamoney Bushtown, a second prize winner from Roger Strawbridge. Sired by Scotsman Avicii and out of a dam by Knock Travis, he is a maternal brother to the 9000gns Tamnamoney Young Willie McBride and was taken by Stephen Cobbold, Suffolk.
Next at 10,000gns was one of two from Jim Innes to make this price, Strathbogie Best Bet. This son of the 42,000gns Mullan Armani is out of a dam by Strathbogie Untouchable and was third at the Highland earlier in the year. He sold to Northern Ireland with James Wilkinson, the McCollam family and Adrian Liggett.
And the third 10,000gns sale also came from this pen, Strathbogie Bees Knees also headed to the Emerald Isle, being bought by Roger Strawbridge, Tamnamoney, Sam McAuley, Whitepark, Alistair Gault, Forkins, Richard Henderson, Ballynahone, Leomard Linton, Bregagh and John Greene, Eire. He’s by Armani again and out of a Milnbank Sound Investment daughter.
Other leading prices
9000gns – Messrs Knox, Haddo Bright Spark to Allan Chisholm, Wester Moy.
8400gns – Donald MacPherson, Hexel Born To Be Wild to Messrs Knox, Haddo.
8200gns – Jim Innes, Strathbogie Buster to Messrs Dunlop, Elmscleugh.
8000gns – Charlie Boden, Mellor Vale Black Jack to David Houghton, Tophill.
7800gns – Messrs Clark Farms, Teiglum Bachelor to Stewart Ferrris Jnr, Stewart Ferris Snr and Mark Patterson.
7500gns – Robert Cockburn, Knap Bonanza to Henry Gamble, Springhill, Brian Hanthorn, Mullan and Messrs Currie, Tullagh.
7500gns – Gordon Gray, Ettrick Braw Lad to Sandy Lee, Fordafourie.
7200gns – Jim Innes, Strathbogie Boss to Messrs Noble.
7000gns – Roger Strawbridge, Tamnamoney Black Gold, to Martin Warnock and Michael Smyth.
7000gns – Robbie Wilson, Milnbank Brooklyn, to Messrs McKerrow, Grougfoot.
Average; 325 ram lambs £3417.04 (+715.04) (Lawrie and Symington).
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