Scottish National Show & Sale - Lanark
Texel Rams Sell Well at Lanark
Texel ram lambs met a ready demand at Lanark on Thursday (22 August) at the Scottish National Sale when the best of the lambs on offer were subject to fierce competition and commercial demand saw a clearance rate of 72%, with 370 lambs finding new homes.
Commenting on the trade British Texel Sheep Society chief executive John Yates said he was delighted that once again the season's main Texel sale had seen both commercial and pedigree producers competing for top quality Texel lambs.
"The message that Texel sires leave lambs capable of earning significant premiums as prime, store and breeding lambs has never been stronger and that was clearly reflected in the trade at Lanark. Texel breeders are to be congratulated on presenting an excellent show of lambs suitable for the modern commercial sheep farmer."
But it was the pedigree end of the trade where the sparks flew with no fewer than 13 ram lambs selling for five figure prices and a top call of 48,000gns backed up by sales at 40,000gns, 38,000gns, 34,000gns and 32,000gns twice.
Heading up the prices was Strathbogie Untouchable from Jim Innes, Huntly, Aberdeen. This Strathbogie Terminator son is out of an Annan Limmy sired dam, JKA080009. He stood overall male champion at the Royal Highland Show and sold in a three way split to Bruce Renwick, Castlecairn, Robbie Wilson, Milnbank, and Alan Blackwood, Auldhouseburn. He was the lead lamb from an exceptional pen of lambs from the Innes family which grossed in excess of £128,000 and averaged more than £16,000.
Second best of the day's trade was a call of 40,000gns for the reserve overall champion from the pre-sale show and the winner of the recorded ram lamb class, Robbie Wilson's lamb Milnbank Ur-The-Boy. He is by Teiglum Tornado and out of a Millar’s Outstanding sired ewe, with his great granddam being an 8500gns Ettrick ewe. He sold to Charlie Boden, Sportsman's and Keith, Allan and Roy Campbell’s Cowal flock, with an index of 383.
Then making 38,000gns was Henry Gamble's sole lamb Springwell Ulsterboy. He is a son of Cornerstone Tin Tin and out of a dam by Derryvore Ranger which won champion at Antrim and Armagh and was Northern Ireland Show Gimmer of the Year 2012. He sold to Jimmy Warnock, Watchknowe, Robert Forsyth, Baltier, and Alan, Andrew and David Clark, Garngour and Teiglum.
Taking a call of 34,000gns was Knock Ursus from Alan and George Howie, Peterhead, Aberdeenshire. This one is a Sportsman’s Trojan II son out of a Cambwell Rob Roy sired dam that is maternal sister to the 6500gns Knock Turbo. He heads to Southern Ireland in a three way split between Messrs Walsh, Niland and O'Shea.
A pair then sold at 32,000gns, with the first of these being Jim Innes second lamb in the ring Strathbogie Upgrade which had stood third in the open lamb class. He is by £40,000 private buy Scholars Twenty Twelve and out of a Glenside Razzle Dazzle dam that is full sister to the 24,000gns Strathbogie Smokey Blue. he was purchased in a two way split between Robin Kellet for the Parkhill flock and Melanie Kellet for the Booley flock, both of Northamptonshire.
The second to make this price was later in the day when the Clark family sold the first from their Garngour pen, Garngour Upperclass. Sired by last year's purchase Auchencairn Tello, he is out of a Strathbogie Smokey Blue sired dam that is sister to the 11,000gns Rob Roy. He was purchased by William McCaffrey for the Scholars flock, Robert Bennett for the Plasucha flock and Matt Ellis for the Cressage flock.
Following him was a bid of 20,000gns when the Boden and Davies partnership sold their second lamb of the day, Sportsman's Umpire to Suffolk-based Stephen Cobbald. He is by the 42,000gns Tullyagan Tonka and out of a dam by Cowal Rob Roy II, BGS100234.
Another from the same pen and similarly bred, Sportsman's Unbeatable, the interbreed ram lamb champion from the Royal Welsh show then sold at 18,000gns. He had stood second in the open ram lamb class and is again by the 42,000gns tup Tullylagan Tonka and is out of another Rob Roy II sired dam. He was bought by Steven Renwick, Craig Douglas, The Wight family, Midlock and Hartside Farms, Hartside.
The Boden and Davies team then re-invested some of their takings when paying 16,000gns for Strathbogie U.2 from Jim Innes. He is another by the Scholars Twenty Twelve sire and out of a dam by Baltier Nijinsky, IJS08217, which was dam of the reserve overall champion at the Highland last year.
Taking a bid of 13,000gns was Brian Buchan's best lamb of the day, Clinterty USA, a Knock Tarquin son out of a dam by Clinterty Par One, BBY1100190. He was knocked down to Malcolm Sym, Callerton, and Doug Nesbit and family, Alwent.
Just shy of that at 11,000gns was the champion from the pre-sale show, Tophill Union Jack from David Houghton. This is a son of Knock Trident and out of a dam by Tamnamoney Rob Roy , HPH1100277. Buying this one was Jeff Aiken for the Procters Farm enterprise, Clitheroe, Lancashire.
And rounding up the five figure prices was a pair of 10,000gns bids. First at this price was another of the Strathbogie pen, Strathbogie Uno. He is by Strathbogie Terminator and out of a Glenside Razzle Dazzle sired dam and sold to John Greene, Culdaff, Co Donegal.
The other at this price was Sportsman’s United II. This one is another by Tullylagan Tonka and is out of a 6000gns Cambwell Rob Roy sired dam. Taking this one home was Idris Morris, Fachell.
Other leading prices
8500gns Sportsman's Ulysses from Boden and Davies to Messrs, Lewis, Einon.
8500gns Anglezarke Uno from Steven Symes to Peter Woof, Stainton.
Average; 370 ram lambs £2309.55
Texel breeders invest strongly in gimmers at Lanark
Wednesday evening's gimmer sale at the Scottish National Texel Sale, Lanark, saw breeders, new and established, competing hard to secure the best of the genetics on offer in a quality selection from the breed's leading flocks.
Taking the best of the prices was Gordon Gray's Ettrick flock, Selkirk, with Mr Gray's pen leader being a daughter of the 2011 Lanark tup lamb sale leader, the 46,000gns Foyle View Superstar. This gimmer, GGH 1202029, is out of a dam by homebred sire Ettrick My Jinks and sold to breed newcomer Gordon Brookes, Earlston.
The evening's second top call of 7200gns came for the female champion from the pre-sale show from the Northamptonshire-based Twelve Oaks flock of the Chambers family. Their gimmer, a sole entry from their flock, was a Carran Sutherland's Star daughter, CTO1200201, out of a dam by Hexel Overnight Celebrity. She was knocked down to Jim Innes for the Strathbogie flock, Huntly.
Then making 7000gns was another from the same home as the top priced lot, Gordon Gray's Ettrick flock. This gimmer also sold to Gordon Brooke, and is by homebred sire Ettrick Sir Alan. This was GGH1202084 a shearling ewe out of a Clynnog Joe Tex daughter.
A little earlier in the sale came a call of 5800gns for John Mellin’s first in from the Hull House pen. This was MJH1202713, a Castlecairn Red Arrow daughter out of a dam by Castleknowe Matchmaker and sold to Alasdair Beaton, Wester Crosshill, Slamannan, Falkirk.
The afternoon’s reserve female champion, a Glenside gimmer from John Forsyth then sold at 5500gns. This was FPG1200432, a Strathbogie Python daughter out of a dam by Knock Prestige (lot 46). She sold to Allan Chisholm, Wester Moy, Muir of Ord.
And at 3200gns was Gordon Gray's last of the day GGH12020123, with this Foyle View Superstar daughter out of a Kiltariff Osprey daughter, selling to Archie Hamilton, Lanark.
A little later came a 3000gns bid for one from the Deveronvale flock of Alan Morrison, MGV1200284, an ET bred daughter of Glenside Razzle Dazzle out of a dam by Clinterty Par One. This one was knocked down to Perry McNickle, Crieff.
Trading for 2800gns was Lee Sutherland’s first from the Crosskirk flock, SLF1200030. This is by Kelso Pavarotti and out of a dam by Claybury Nevada and sold to David Bradley-Farmer, Hampshire.
Selling for 2500gns was Samuel Gordon’s gimmer GSI1200132 from the Lindstair flock. She is a Ballygroogan Ronaldo daughter out of a dam by Ballygroogan Jockey and sold to Messrs Teward, New View Farm, Staindrop, Darlington.
Also making 2500gns was Robert Cockburn’s gimmer, CKP1203242, from his Knap flock. She is by Baltier Rascal and out of a dam by Ettrick No Limits and sold to Robert Pierce, for the Oldford flock, Chester.
Robin Kellet, Northamptonshire, then paid 2500gns for Peter Woof’s first in the ring, WPS1200336, an ET bred daughter of Carran Sutherland Star out of a Fachell On Approval daughter.
And trading at 2200gns was Jock McKerrow’s first in, MDG1200566. Sired by Sportsman’s Showman and out of a dam by Hexel Lexus. She sold to Gordon Brooke, Earlston.
Alasdair Beaton, Wester Crosshill, then bought from Steve and Sherry Richardson, Barnsley, at 2100gns. With this one being an Allanfauld Rockafella daughter out of a dam by Rascarrel Nightlife (lot 67).
And making 2000gns was another by Razzle Dazzle from the Deveronvale flock, MG1200329. She is out of an Annan Jewel dam and was bought by Messrs Scott for the Drumpark flock.
Also taking this price was Michael Smyth’s gimmer, SMV1201147 from the Foyleview flock. She is a Kirkview Special daughter out of a Brague Nixon dam and sold Gordon Brooke.
At the same money was David, Isla and Lisa Gray’s gimmer, GCT1202318. She is by Ettrick Sir Alan and out of a dam by Thinacres Grenade and again went to Mr Brooke.
Average; 57 gimmers £1738.21
Tophill Tup Lamb Leads Show Classes at Scottish National Sale
Lancashire-based breeder David Houghton of the Tophill flock, Affetside, Bury, took the top spot in the pre-sale show at the Scottish National Texel Sale, Lanark, with his ram lamb Tophill Union Jack.
This lamb, a Knock Trident son is out of a dam by Tamnamoney Rob Roy and had won the open ram lamb class before being tapped out as male and overall champion by judge Alastair Gault of the Forkins flock, Northern Ireland.
Taking the reserve overall slot was the day's female champion, a gimmer from the Chambers family's Twelve Oaks flock, Northamptonshire. This shearling ewe, CTO1200201, is a Carran Sutherland’s Star daughter out of a dam by Hexel Overnight Celebrity.
Reserve male championship honours went to the winner of the recorded ram lamb class, Robbie Wilson's tup lamb Milnbank Ur The Boy, a son of 60,000gns Teiglum Tornado out of a dam by Millar's Outstanding which goes back to an 8500gns Ettrick ewe and has an index of 383.
In the females the reserve championship went to John Forsyth's Glenside flock, with the second prize shearling ewe, FPG1200432, a triplet born daughter of Strathbogie Python out of a dam by Knock Prestige.
Winning the shearling rams was another Twelve Oaks entry, Twelve Oaks Taras Bulba, a Carran Sutherland's Star son out of a Garngour Nijinsky daughter, while picking up top honours in the novice ram lamb class was a lamb from the Hope Valley flock of Robert Evans.
This lamb, Hope Valley Utopia, is a son of Gyhros Rambo out of a dam by Douganhill McFly.
1- D and J Chambers, Twelve Oaks, CTO1200201 (lot 79)
2- J Forsyth, Glenside, FPG1200432 (lot 46)
3- R Bennett, Plasucha, BFE12020002 (lot 2)
4- D McKay, Rohan, YMK1200168 (lot 7)
5- J Mellin, Hull House, MJH1202713 (lot 48)
1- D and J Chambers, Twelve Oaks Taras Bulba (lot 110)
2- B Vernon, Charben Trojan (lot 99)
3- J Lodge, Heyworth Lodge Teflon (lot 106)
4- R Templeton, Tartan Tank (lot 102)
5- D Unwin, Amersham Teddy (lot 104)
Novice Ram Lambs
1- R Evans, Hope Valley Utopia (lot 296)
2- J Thomas, Bryn Garth U-Bank (lot 420)
3- A Holden, Young Venture (lot 325)
4- S MCauley, Whitepark Usain (lot 365)
5- P O'Connor, Drumgooland Urban Warrior (lot 576)
Open Ram Lambs
1- J D Houghton, Tophill Union Jack (lot 616)
2- Boden and Davies, Sportsman's Unbeatable (lot 366)
3- J Innes, Strathbogie Upgrade (lot 193)
4- P Garrivan, Ballydesland Ulick (lot 153)
5- R Wilson, Milnbank Uraguy (lot 166)
Performance Recorded Ram Lambs
1- R Wilson, Milnbank Ur-The-Boy (lot 168)
2- H Gamble, Springwell Ulsterboy (lot 320)
3- T and A Laird, Cambwell Union (lot 245)
4- G Gray, Ettrick Ura Winner (lot 426)
5- Clark Farms, Teiglum Utah (lot 361)
Male and overall champion
J D Houghton, Tophill Union Jack (lot 616)
Reserve male champion
R Wilson, Milnbank Ur-The-Boy (lot 168)
Female and reserve overall champion
D and J Chambers, Twelve Oaks, CTO1200201 (lot 79)
Reserve female champion
J Forsyth, Glenside, FPG1200432 (lot 46)