THE Scottish national Texel Sale at Lanark, saw a top price of 125,000gns for a ram lamb from Myfyr Evans’ Rhaeadr flock, Denbigh, Wales, with the sale averaging £3,417.4 which is £700 or 26 per cent up on the year.
The sale topper was Rhaeadr Best of the Best by 70,000gns Teiglum Young Gun out of a 12,000gns Auldhouseburn-bred ewe by 145,000gns Knap Vicious Sid. The buyers were Hugh and Alan Blackwood buying for their Auldhouseburn flock, Muirkirk, Ayrshire.
They then took the next top price of 75,000gns for Auldhouseburn Boss by 130,000gns Sportsmans A Star is out of a homebred dam also by Vicious Sid. It was knocked down to Keith, Roy and Alan Campbell for their Cowal flock, Argyll.
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, which had been champion at the Royal Highland Show earlier in the year. It sold with an index of 470, in a three-way split to John Elliot, Roxburgh, Staplegrove Livestock, Foxhill, and Ken Hodge, Greenarch.
A 32,000gns bid from Charlie Boden, Stockport, secured Plasucha Big Gun from Robert Bennett, Welshpool, Powys. The son of Plasucha All Star sold with an index of 415, having stood first in the pre-sale show.
A brace then traded at 28,000gns, with the first of these being Knock Banker, by Allanfauld Am The Man which had an index of 356, from Albert and George Howie, Peterhead. It was bought by David McKerrow and family, Nochnary, and Robert Cockburn, Knap, with the Knox family retaining a third share.
Second to make this price was another of the Auldhouseburn pen, Auldhouseburn Billy The Kid, by Sportsmans A Star which went to Mr Cockburn and Robbie Wilson, Milnbank.
Texel females saw 54 sell to average £1670.28, a rise of more than £120 on 2017. Heading up the prices was the female champion from the pre-sale show, a gimmer from Robert Bennett’s Plasucha flock, Welshpool. This was an ET bred daughter of Eden Valley Wiz Kid out of a dam by Garngour Upperclass which sold with an index of 346 which sold to Staplegrove Livestock, Devon, for the Foxhill flock.
Next at 5,000gns was Brian Hanthorn’s gimmer from the Mullan flock, Co Armagh. The Glenside Willie Winkie daughter out of a dam by Haddo Ringleader sold with an index of 387 to Messrs Turner, Derby.
Making 4800gns was the reserve female champion, a Bryn-Y-Coed Bear daughter out of a dam by Tophill Union Jack, from Ryan Bradley, Barnoldswick. This one found a new home with Donald McPherson for the Hexel flock, Berwick-upon-Tweed.