The curtain came down on nearly 40 years of pedigree Texel breeding on Saturday when the Mellin family dispersed their Hull House flock.
The flock, founded in 1979, has been a consistent show and sale ring performer throughout its history and bowed out with a top call of 8000gns for a gimmer.
Top of the flock on price was a February, 2017, shearling ewe by the Knap Wot A Nut son, Tamnamoney Young Willie McBride, champion stock ram in the 2016 North West Texel Breeders Club flock competition.
Out of a dam sired by Strathbogie Umpire, the sale leader found a new home in Scotland when joining Stewart Barclay, Insch, Aberdeenshire.
The same buyer also went to 7000gns to claim a 2014-born aged ewe by the Scholars Twenty Twelve-bred Strathbogie Umpire, out of the Knock Orocco daughter, Hull House Rose, who finished third as a shearling ewe at the 2010 Royal Welsh Show and has herself been a source of some prize-winning females for the flock.
Mr Barclay made a third acquisition when paying 3800gns for another aged ewe, this one 2013-born by the Milnbank Special One son, Sportsmans Terrific, out of a dam by Castlecairn Red Arrow.
Also claiming a number of high priced sheep at the sale were Messrs Boden and Davies for the Sportmans flock. Their leading acquisition was the day’s second top price of 7500gns.
This was paid for the first sheep to enter the sale ring, a 2014 aged ewe by the Knock Macallan-bred Hilltop Predator, first prize stock ram in the 2012 NWTBC flock competition, who has sired ram lambs to 3400gns. The dam was a 2000gns Kingsland ewe by Knock Powerpacker, while the grand dam was female champion and reserve overall at the 2009 Great Yorkshire Show.
Boden and Davies were on the mark again with a 6000gns bid for a 2015 ewe by the Brackenridge Strongbow son, Langside Thunderbird Gal, again out of a Catlecairn Red Arrow daughter, with a further 3200gns buy in the top price ewe lamb, a February-born daughter of Strathbogie Ali G, purchased last year for 6500gns and himself by the £60,000 Strathbogie Yes Sir. The dam, again from the prolific Rose family, is another Strathbogie Umpire daughter.
Back with the shearling ewes, there were other notable four-figure prices, including one of 4200gns for a February 2017-born daughter of Tamnamoney Young Willie McBride, out of a Sportsmans Teerific II sired dam. The successful buyers were Procters Farm, Clitheroe.
Making 4000gns was another shearling ewe daughter of Tamnamoney Young Willie McBride, out of a homebred dam sired by Hull House Rothchild 1. Related on the mother’s side to Castleknowe Matchmaker, the ewe also travelled north of the border when joining David McKerrow’s Nochnary flock, Fife,
There were two successful 3200gns bids, one for a March 2017-born shearling ewe by Tamnamoney Young Willie McBride, out of a dam sired by Langside Thunderbird Gal, the second for a 2014-born aged ewe by Hull House Undercover, out of a 6000gns Glenside ewe sired by Strathbogie Python. Both fell to Irish buyers, the shearling to W Cubbit, Rasharkin, Co. Antrim, the ewe to Stuart Ferris, Dromore, Co. Down.
Another buy for Scotland was the 3000gns paid by J&MC Wilson, Girvan, Ayrshire, for a 2016-born ewe by Langside Thunderbird Gal, out of a Tophill ewe purchased for 2000gns.
Averages; ewes £1200.71, shearling ewes £1764.23, ewe lambs £457.36 (Lawrie and Symington with Craven Cattle Marts).