Gimmers hit a new centre record average of £1327.03 at the English National Texel Sale, Worcester, with a joint centre record top price of 16,000gns achieved on a day that saw an 89% clearance.
Heading up the prices at 16,000gns was the female champion from the pre-sale show from Robbie Wilson’s Milnbank flock, Turriff. This was LYM1702529, a Strathbogie Yes Sir daughter out of a dam by Glenside Valhalla which sold to 10,000gns at Carlisle in 2016. This one was subject to intense bidding before being knocked down to Messrs Boden and Davies for the Sportsmans flock, Cheshire.
And the same buyers then took the second top priced lot at 5500gns. Selling this gimmer were W T Davies and Co of the Canllefaes flock, Cardigan. Sired by Brackenridge Yonder, this gimmer, DWC1701470, is out of a Scrogtonhead Pioneer daughter.
Next best came a brace of 4000gns bids for gimmers from Usk Vale Pedigrees. First at this price was UVP1702848 an ET bred daughter of the 35,000gns Strathbogie Ya Belter out of a dam by Baltier Panther. She sold to Henry Summerhayes, Somerset.
Second at this price was UVP1702834, a full ET sister to the first, with this one finding a new home in Shifnal, Shropshire, with Paul and Christine Tippetts.
Next best at 2900gns was another from the same home, UVP1702865, an ET-bred gimmer by Ya Belter out of a dam by Glenside Valhalla which goes back to the £15,000 Forkins Una. She sold to Rob Mason, Preston.
Three then followed at 2000gns, with the first being from David Gray’s Tima flock. This was GCT1707283, an Ettrick Wagon Wheel daughter out of a dam by Ettrick Urgan Legend with an index of 326. She sold to Charlotte and James Nicholson, Duns, Berwickshire.
Following at the same money was ISJ1701580 from Jim Innes’ Strathbogie flock. This ET bred gimmer is by Halbeath VIP out of a dam by Strathbogie Terminator and also headed to Preston with Mr Mason.
The last one at this price was from the Clark family’s Clarks pen, DCX1704857, a Fordafourie Young Star daughter out of a Springwell Ulsterboy daughter. Selling with an index of 380 she sold to Jeremy Theyer, Oxfordshire, for the Chedworth flock.
The second from the champion’s pen, LYM1702475, from Robbie Wilson then sold at 1600gns, with this being a Halbeath VIP daughter out of a Strathbogie Untouchable-sired dam. She sold Peter Vaughan, Kingsland, Leominster.
And selling for 1550gns was Messrs Bradley’s gimmer from their Far Hey flock. This was BRF1700346, an Anglezarke Uno daughter out of a dam by Cambwell Taurus. She found a new home with Andy Keedwell, Priddy, Somerset.
Average; 65 shearling ewes £1327.03 (+£359.89) (McCartneys).
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