The Scottish National Texel Sale at Lanark saw a top price of 200,000gns achieving the second highest priced sheep sold in the UK, with the two-day sale averaging £3,385.46 for 342 ram lambs sold.
Sale topping ram lamb, Midlock Capaldi, was bred by the Wight family, Biggar, and sired by Knock Bantastic, he is an ET-bred lamb flushed from 2018-born Mullan Amigo daughter and goes back to a Garngour dam purchased in 2016.
Unshown in the pre-sale show, the final bid came from a two-part consortium of Charlie Boden, buying for the Sportsmans and Mellor Vale flocks and Hugh and Alan Blackwood for their Auldhouseburn flock.
Commenting on the price achieved by the sale leader, British Texel Sheep Society chief executive John Yates said that while it may seem an extreme price for a ram lamb to many, it was another sign of the confidence breeders had in Texels.
He said: “Those animals perceived to be carrying the best genetics will always command a premium, and with ongoing investment in modern breeding technologies, such as embryo transfer and artificial insemination by Texel breeders being more than £1m a year, the potential earnings from this ram are vast.”
Up next achieving 65,000gns was the pre-sale champion, Garngour Craftsman, from the Clark family, Lanarkshire. This son of the 17,000gns Silvermere Baltic is out of a dam by Mossvale Winston and is a maternal brother to the 40,000gns Garngour Alabama.
Selling with an index of 252 and having also won the recorded class in the pre-sale show, it was another secured by the judge Mr Boden, Cheshire.
Making 48,000gns was Mullan Camikaze from County Armagh based Brian Hanthorn.
This son of Deveronvale Aftershock is ET bred out of a 2018-born ewe lamb by Teiglum Younggun and sold with an index of 254 to a consortium of five buyers, with Gordon Gray, Ettrick, Messrs Knox, Haddo, the Orr family, Halbeath, Archie and John MacGregor, Allanfauld, and Andrew Neilson, Brackenridge all taking shares.
A bid of 36,000gns secured Usk ValeCheeky Charlie, a son of Hexel Born To Be Wild and out of a homebred dam by Strathbogie Ya Belter which is a full sister to the 17,000gns Usk Vale Albatross.
From Willy Davis’ Pontypool based flock, it sold in a three-way split to the Nicholson family, Knockem, Procters Farm, Procters, and Bruce Renwick, Castlecairn.
Close behind at 32,000gns was the first prize winner in the YDP class, Drumbreddan Centre of Attention, from James Hair, Stranraer.
By Midlock Yorkie and out of a dam by Knap Yorkie, he was knocked down to Michael and Melanie Alford for their Cullompton based Foxhill flock.
Average: 342 ram lambs, £3,385. 46 (-£31.58)
Auctioneers: Lawrie and Symington.