Sportsmans A Star, a ram lamb from Charlie Boden, Macclesfield, Cheshire, topped the Scottish National Texel sale at Lanark at 130,000gns, with the sale grossing more than £1.2 million for the first time in the breed’s history.
The sale topper is a son of last year’s 70,000gns Lanark sale leader Teiglum Young Gun and out of ewe by Cairnam Talisman. Selling with an index of 354, it was knocked down to the partnership of Hugh and Alan Blackwood, Auldhouseburn and John Forsyth, Glenside.
Mr Boden then paid 50,000gns for Deveronvale Ace of Diamonds from Graham Morrison, Aberdeenshire. By Millar’s Windbrook and out of a Scholars Twenty Twelve daughter, a half share in this lamb was subsequently sold to Paul Tippetts and Christine Williams, Shropshire.
Two lambs made 42,000gns, with Mr Boden and Danny Sawrij, Galashields, each taking a half share in Knockem Abracadabra, a Royal Highland Show first prize winner, by Knockem Yabba Dabba Doo from Charlotte and James Nicholson, Duns, Berwickshire.
The other at 42,000gns was Mullan Armani from Northern Irish breeder Brian Hanthorn. By Glenside Willie Winkie it sold with an index of 387 to Jim Innes for the Strathbogie flock, Aberdeenshire.
Then came two at 24,000gns. The first was Fordafourie Amalert from Sandy Lee, Aberdeenshire. This son of Stainton You Bet also went to Mr Boden. The other at this money was Allanfauld Am The Man, a Knap You’re The Man son with an index of 484 from Archie MacGregor, Kilsyth. It was shared by three breeders, Albert and George Howie, Knock, the Knox family, Haddo, and the Ingram family, Logie Durno, all Aberdeenshire.
A 22,000gns bid followed for Midlock Avicii from the Wight family, Biggar. By Clinterty Yuga Khan, it sold to David Houghton, Tophill, the Campbell family, Cowal, and Steven Symes, Anglezarke.
Shearling gimmers peaked at 7,500gns and averaged £220/head more than the previous year.
Topping the female trade was the Watkins family’s third prize gimmer in the pre-sale show from their Cwmcerrig flock, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire. This daughter of Glenside Razzle Dazzle, out of a dam by Kelso Pavarotti, sold with an index of 392 to Kenny Pratt for the Hilltop flock, Aberdeen.
Next at 6,800gns was the female champion from the pre-sale show from the Mellin family’s Hull House flock, Skipton. By Langside Thunderbird and out of a Hull House Undercover daughter, it was knocked down to Stewart Ferris, Northern Ireland.
Making 6,200gns from Mr Hanthorn was a Garngour Upperclass daughter which sold with an index of 405 to Stephen Cobbold, Acton, Suffolk.
Averages: 67 gimmers, £1,550.55; 415 ram lambs, £2,702.
Auctioneers - Lawrie and Symington.