Welsh National Show & Sale - Welshpool
Welshpool Texel Trade Proves Quality Sells
A top call of 3800gns and a healthy clearance and strong averages bore out the message that quality always sells when the Texel Sheep Society staged it's Welsh National Sale at Welshpool on Saturday (24 August).
British Texel Sheep Society chief executive said that while the sale may have lacked the five figure prices of the Scottish National Sale at Lanark two days earlier it had been a sale full of confidence and of appeal to commercial flockmasters. "We saw a ready demand for commercial rams, both lambs and shearlings, while females were also in demand from established and new breeders."
Heading up the sale roll call at 3800gns was a ram lamb from the Sportsman's flock of Messrs Boden and Davies, Sportsman's Urban.
Sired by the 42,000gns tup Tullylagan Tonka he is out of a Cambwell Rob Roy sired Knock ewe bought in Carlisle last autumn for 6000gns and is a full ET brother to Sportman's United II which sold in Lanark two days previously for 10,000gns. Buying this lamb was the breeder of the Lanark champion, David Houghton for his Tophill flock, Lancashire.
Next best of the sale was a bid of 2800gns which saw David Houghton recoup some of his earlier outlay. His pen leader was a son of 16,000gns Milnbank Times Square out of a dam by Knock Orion. He sold to Gareth Jones of the Meifod fock, Denbigh.
After that selling for 2200gns was Seiont Ultimate from Osian Rhys, Caernarfon. Ultimate is a son of Knock Stetson which sold to the Howells family for their Tycam flock, Llandysul. He is out of a dam by Douganhill Northern Light.
Three then sold at 2000gns, with the first of these being the Llyfni Utgorn II from the Williams family, Pontlyfni. He is sired by Carran Turtle and out of a Kelso Picasso daughter and was knocked down to D K and D G Goodwin, Felhampton, Shropshire.
The next to make this money was the pre-sale show champion, Wayside U Bet from Charlotte Alford, Collumpton, Devon. This one is a Douganhill McFly son out of an 11,000gns Fairywater gimmer bought at Ballymena last year. He sold to Michael James, Builth Wells.
Finally at this money was Geraint Jones' sold entry from his Cae Coed flock, Cae Coed Unique. He is a Llangwm Santa son and is out of a dam by Tophill Pharaoh. He sold to Selkirk-based breeder Gordon Gray for his Ettrick flock.
The final bid above 1500gns came for Sportsman’s Union from the Boden and Davies pen. Union, a Milnbank Times Square son out of a dam by Mellor Vale Missile, sold to G Scott, Maeshafn, Denbighshire.
Leading the shearling rams was a brace of 2000gns bids, with the first coming for Loosebeare Tricolour from the Quick family, Devon. Sired by homebred ram Loosebeare Romeo he is out of a Gaitsgill Officer dam and sold to Messrs Price and Griffiths, Trelech Carmarthen.
Second at this money was Caereinion Thor from the Pryce family. He is a Caereinion Number One son out of a dam by Summerwood Grand Union, and sold John Elliot jnr, Kelso, for the Roxburgh flock.
Following that at 1300gns was Caereinion Thunder Bolt II from the same home. This son of noted sire Cambwell Laird is out of a dam by Caereinion Number One and sold to M E Thomas, Rhydypandy, Swansea
Female prices at Welshpool peaked at 1400gns for the pre-sale female champion from John and Linda Mellin's Hull House flock, MJH1202763. This one is a Castlecairn Red Arrow daughter out of a dam by Moor Top Nero and was bought by Messrs Graham, Plumpton, Penrith, for the Hallrigg flock.
Taking a bid of 1050gns was a gimmer from the Davies family’s Aman flock, DYA1200163, a Glenside Ring A Ding daughter out of a dam by Tophill Kiwi. Taking this one home to join his Teilo flock was the judge from the pre-sale show John Davies, Capel Issac, Carmarthenshire.
Following her at 720gns was one from the Quick family, QEL1201658, a Caereinion President daughter out of a dam by Winkleigh Falcon. She was bought by G R Davies, Bala, Gwynedd.
Another from the same home, QEL 1201827, then took a bid of 700gns. She is by Peacehay Masterpiece and out of a dam by Bettonfield Janitor and was taken home by A Gruffudd, Lon Pant, Caernarfon.
At the same money was one from Gordon Gray's Ettrick entry, GGH1202052. She is sired by 46,000gns tup Foyle View Superstar and is out of a dam by Knock Papoose. This one sold to the Howells family for the Tycam flock.
69 shearling ewes £381.57
94 ram lambs £642
20 shearling rams £812.85
It was first time lucky at the Welsh National, Welshpool for novice breeder Charlotte Alford of the Wayside flock who pick up the pre-sale championship with her tup lamb, substitute entry, Wayside U Bet (lot 1199).
This Douganhill McFly son is out of a Fairywater ewe which the Alford family purchased last year at Ballymena for 11,000gns after she picked up the pre-sale championship.
Standing reserve to the tup lamb was the winner of the open ram lamb class, Sportsman't Urban from Messrs Boden and Davies. Sired by 42,000gns Tullylagan Tonka he is out of a Knock ewe bought in Carlisle last year for 6000gns which is a Cambwell Rob Roy daughter.
Taking the female championship was the winner of the shearling ewe class, John Mellin's gimmer by Castlecairn Red Arrow, MJH1202763 (lot 24). She is out of a dam by Moor Top Nero.
Reserve female championship honours went to the second prize gimmer from Gareth Jones' Meifod flock, JXF1200014 (lot 26). A Baltier Panther daughter she is out of a Castlecairn Keltic Star daughter bred in the Glenside flock.
1- J Mellin, Hull House, MJH1202763 (lot 24)
2- G Jones, Meifod, JXF1200014 (lot 26)
3- H G and I E Williams, Llyfni, WHA1200306 (lot 1)
4- D and J Chambers, Twelve Oaks, CTO1200219 (lot 72)
5- W R Davies, Sundorne, DWR1200109 (lot 58)
1- E W Quick, Loosebeare Tricolour (lot 277)
2- A Nairey, Meinspride Trigger (lot 283)
3- F H Chave and Son, Peacehay Twenty Twelve (lot 260)
4- C E Pryce, Caereinion Thor (lot 287)
5- L Jones, Pant Tomos (lot 257)
Novice Ram Lambs
1- C Alford, Wayside U Bet (lot 1199)
2- G Jones, Cae Coed Unique (lot 241)
3- G Jones, Meifod Ultimate (lot 202)
4- J D Houghton, Tophill Ulrich (lot 151)
5- O Rhys, Seiont Ultimate (lot 246)
Open Ram Lambs
1- Boden and Davies, Sportsman's Urban
2- T Ryder, Ryders Unit (lot 170)
3- M and s Jones, Racecourse Underrated (lot 156)
4- J and H Clark, Garngour Usain Bolt (lot 227)
5- Claybury Texels, Claybury Unforgettable (lot 145)
Recorded Ram Lambs
1- J and H Clark, Garngour Upgrade (lot 228)
2- G Gray, Ettrick Underwriter (lot 209)
3- I Prys Jones, Llangwm Usher (lot 109)
4- Clark Farms, Teiglum Usher (lot 161)
5- P A Kermode, Orrisdale Ullapool (lot 123)
Overall champion - C Alford, Wayside U Bet (lot 1199)
Reserve overall champion - Boden and Davies, Sportsman's Urban (lot 116)
Male champion - C Alford, Wayside U Bet (lot 1199)
Reserve male champion - Boden and Davies, Sportsman's Urban (lot 116)
Female champion - J Mellin, Hull House, MJH1202763 (lot 24)
Reserve female champion - G Jones, Meifod, JXF1200014 (lot 26)