Scottish National Texel Sale
Sale Date: Thu 27 August
Report courtesy of Texel Sheep Society
Texel ram lambs were in exceptional demand at the Scottish National Texel Sale, Lanark, selling to a high of 70,000gns, with more than 78% of the entry finding new homes. Society chief executive John Yates said both pedigree and commercial demand had been strong throughout the sale, with buyers competing strongly for the lambs they wanted.
“Right from the start to the end of the sale there were ready bidders eager to buy quality ram lambs displaying the exceptional commercial traits of growth and carcass the breed is renowned for. “Both the clearance rate and average of £2313.64 for 384 ram lambs sold reflect the outstanding demand shown for the Texel breed as it continues to deliver for commercial sheep farmers across the UK," he added.
Heading the prices at 70,000gns was Knock Will I Am from Albert and George Howie, Mintlaw. This son of the 13,000gns sire Garngour Vintage is out of a dam by Tophill Nockout and carries an index of 280. After a spirited bidding war he was knocked down to Charlie Boden for the Sportsmans and Mellor Vale flocks, Cheshire.
Two lambs then shared the next best call of 32,000gns, with the first of these being Tophill Wall Street from David Houghton. This son of Procters Ventura is out of a dam by Milnbank Times Square and sold with an index of 302. He was knocked down in a two-way split to Messrs Knox, Haddo, and Buchan, Clinterty, both Aberdeenshire.
The other to make this money was Donald and Sarah MacPherson’s sole entry in the sale, Hexel Wildcard, a son of Drumpark Unique out of a dam by the noted Douganhill McFly. He was bought by a team of four breeders; Andrew Neilson, Brackenridge, Richard Wilson, Eden Valley, Peter Woof, Stainton and Spiros Spyrou, Gib Farm.
A pair then sold at 24,000gns, with the Knox family recouping some outlay when selling Haddo Wait-A-Minty. This lamb had stood third in the PRT class in the pre-sale show and is a son of Cowal Vogue and out of a dam by Strathbogie Smokey Blue. He sold with an index of 421 and was bought by Messrs Teward, Staindrop, Darlington.
Second to sell at 24,000gns was Glenside Willie Winkie from John Forsyth’s pen. This son of the 85,000gns Cornmore Velvet Jacket is out of a dam by Mellor Vale The One and carries an index of 258. He sold to Keith, Alan and Roy Campbell, Cowal, Alan Blackwood, Auldhouseburn, and Messrs Barclay, Harestone.
Selling for 19,000gns was Graham Morrison’s lead lamb, Deveronvale Warrior. This son of the 52,000gns Mullan Vivaldi is out of a dam by Glenside Razzle Dazzle and sold to the Ingram family, Logie Durno, Messrs Wight, Midlock, and Messrs Gilmour, Humeston.
A brace then shared the next best call of 16,000gns, with the first of these being Farmhill Wizz Kid from Northern Irish breeder Brian Williamson. Sired by Springwell Viera and out of a Knock Travis daughter he sold to a trio of breeders; Gordon Gray, Ettrick, Archie Hamilton, Smyllum, and Robert Cockburn, Knap.
John Forsyth then sold another of his strong pen at the same money, with this being Glenside Willy Nilly. This one is another by the 85,000gns Cornmore Velvet Jacket and is out of a Strathbogie Terminator dam. He sold to Robbie Wilson, Milnbank.
Another from the same home then went at 15,000gns. This was Glenside Whiskey Galore, another by Velvet Jacket he is out of a dam by Strathbogie Python and sold to Procters Farm, Clitheroe, for the Procters flock.
And two then took a 14,000gns call, with the first being Duncryne Wladimir from Kerr Jarvie. This son of Stainton Vigilante is out of a dam by Ettrick Strongbow and sold to Keith, Alan and Roy Campbell, Argyll, for the Cowal flock.
Also trading at this level was Millar’s Windbrook from Cyril and Martin Millar. This one is by the 7500gns Knap Vital Spark and out of a dam by Stainton Real McCoy. He sold to Aberdeenshire with Messrs Innes, Strathbogie.
Following that came two lambs at 8000gns, with the first of these being Arkle War Lord from the Wilkinson family. This son of Halbeath VIP is out of a dam by Finevalley Triple Crown and sold to Messrs Sutherland.
The second to trade at this level was Robbie Wilson’s best of the day, Milnbank Wisconsin, the reserve male champion from the pre-sale show. He’s by the 42,000gns Glenside Valhalla and is out of a dam by Glenside Razzle Dazzle. Selling with an index of 292 he was bought by the Dunlop family, Elmscleugh.
After that came three at 7500gns. Taking the first call at this money was Forkins Warrior from Alastair Gault. This son of the 2014 sire of the year Oberstown Usain Bolt is out of a dam by Ettrick Rainbow Warrior and sold to Messrs Ridley, Haltcliffe.
Next at this level was Sportsmans Washington from Messrs Boden and Davies. Sired by last year’s sale topping 145,000gns Knap Vicious Sid, he is out of a dam by Clougher President and was bought by Messrs Millar and McComb, Ballyclare, Northern Ireland, for the Millcomb flock.
And the last bid at 7500gns was made for an Orrisdale Viking son from Alec and John Minnis in the form of Mossvale Winston. This one is out of a dam by Mossvale Prospero and sold to the Clark family, Teiglum.
The sale then saw four lambs sell at 7000gns, with the first of these coming early in the day from Robert Evans. This was Hope Valley Won and Only, a son of Stainton Vantage II out of a dam by Douganhill McFly. He was knocked down to Charles and Isobel Angus, Thurso, for their Oldfield flock.
Following that at the same price was Glenside Will I Am from John Forsyth. Again by the 85,000gns Cornmore Velvet Jacket he’s out of a dam by Strathbogie Python and sold in a partnership deal to Alan Blackwood, Auldhouseburn, and Messrs Barclay, Harestone.
The third 7000gns call was made for another from Robbie Wilson, Milnbank Womaniser. Sired by Glenside Valhalla he is out of a dam by Teiglum Tornado and was bought by Andrew Fyffe, Fairywater, Richard Currie, Tullagh, and Danny McKay, Rowandale.
And the last bid at this money came for the best from Alan Blackwood’s Auldhouseburn pen, Auldhouseburn Wacko Jacko. Sired by the 145,000gns Knap Vicious Sid he is out of a Strathbogie Untouchable dam and sold to Kenny Pratt, Hilltop.
Other leading prices
6500gns Robert Forsyth’s Baltier Wellington by Tophill Union Jack to Archie MacGregor, Allanfauld, and Jimmy MacGregor, Dyke
6500gns Robert Laird’s Cambwell World Class by Cambwell Trademark to Messrs Wight, Midlock, M J Ellis, Cressage, and N E and J A Gibbs, Bettonfield
6000gns Ian Gilmour’s Humeston Windbrook by Elmscleugh Untouchable to Keith Hourston, Didcot
6000gns Messrs Nesbitt’s Alwent Weightman by Brackenridge Underdog to Bruce Goldie, Townfoot, and Messrs Ewart, Langholme
6000gns Jim Innes’ Strathbogie Wiseguy by Mullan Vivaldi to Paul Tippetts and Christine Williams, Hackney
Averages; 384 ram lambs £2313.64 (Lawrie and Symington).