FEMALES led the trade at the English national Texel sale at Worcester where gimmers hit a new record average of £1,327.03 with a joint record top price of 16,000gns and 89 per cent 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 a Strathbogie Yes Sir daughter out of a dam by Glenside Valhalla.
It was knocked down to Boden and Davies for the Sportsmans flock, Cheshire, who also bought the second top-priced lot at 5,500gns from W.T. Davies and Co, Canllefaes flock, Cardigan. This was a Brackenridge Yonder daughter out of a ewe by Scrogtonhead Pioneer.
Two full ET sisters from Usk Vale Pedigrees, Pontypool, then sold for 4,000gns apiece. By Strathbogie Ya Belter out of a ewe by Baltier Panther, they went to Henry Summerhays, Somerset, and Paul and Christine Tippetts, Shifnal, respectively.
Ram lambs sold to 8,000gns for Cambwell Boss Hogg, by Cambwell Aristocrat out of a ewe by Cambwell Trademark from Robert Laird, Biggar. It sold with an index of 462 in a three-way split to Vaughan Farms, Kingsland, Robert Bennett, Plasucha, and Nick Legge, Thornbury.
Next at 7,000gns was Scotsman Bullseye from Scott Michie, Peterhead, which was reserve champion in the pre-sale show. By Duncryne Uber Cool and out of a dam by Oberstown Usain Bolt, it sold to Messrs Wilkinson, Arkle, MacTaggart, Rascarrel and McHolm, Craillock.
Making 6,500gns was the best of the day from Northern Ireland, Alastair Gault’s Forkins Body Builder, son of Scotsman Avicii, out of a dam by Duncryne Uber Cool which sold to John Owens, Leominster, and John Sinnett, Stockton on Teme.
A top call of 5000gns led the shearling ram trade for Whitehart A Lister from Nicola Hartwright, Worcester. The son of Blackadder Weaver, out of a dam by Cherryvale Shergar, sold to Michael and Ella James, Duhonw and Stephen Abberley, Old Helmley, both Powys.
Next at 3,500gns from Messrs Chave, Wellington, Somerset, was Peacehay At Your Service, by Clarks Wizard which sold to Russel and Gill Watkins, Herefordshire.
At the same price was the first prize shearling ram, Empire Allstar, by Alwent You’re the One, from Philip Weaver, Newark, which sold to N. Davies, Builth Wells.