Main NSA Sale Sees Strong Texel Demand
Commercial ram buyers were out in force at the main NSA Ram Sale, Builth Wells, on Monday 23rd September, with well fleshed Texels gaining the pick of the trade throughout the day.
It was clear from the outset that buyers were prepared to pay for quality, with a number of good prices early in the day, but sale goers had to wait until the latter part of the sale to see the highest price of the day when a shearling consigned by Isle of Man-based Danny and Paula Creer hit 8000gns.
Taking the day's top price of 8000gns was Coolingel Thor from the Creer family, Isle of Man
The ram, Coolingel Thor, was bred by the couple's sons, Daniel, Finloe and Thomas, in their Coolingel flock which runs alongside the Ballaglonney flock of their parents.
Thor is a son of a Ballaterson sire borrowed from fellow Isle of Man breeders Derek and Alison Kermeen, himself a Knock Pilot son and is out of a Ballaglonney Noble Lord daughter.
Buying the pick of the sale were Stephen and Caroline Williams for the Wollascott flock, Shropshire, with the ram subject to an intense bidding battle which started with a maiden bid of 5000gns and quickly climbed to the final price before the hammer fell in the Williams' favour.
Selling at 3400gns was the reserve champion from the pre-sale show Corriecravie Tiree
Next best of the day was a bid of 3400gns for Corriecravie Tiree – JTC1200333 - from Paul Johnson, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. Corriecravie Tiree was the first prize Signet Recorded ram before being Reserve Overall Champion. This son of Connachan Rooster Cogburn is out of a dam by Cambwell Onich and sold with an index of 285. He was knocked down to Wynne Davies, Bronallt, Pwllheli.
A 2650gns sale saw the Reed family sell Scolton Top Spec
Following that at 2650gns was Scolton Top Spec from the Reed family, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire. Sired by Caereinion Rocket, Top Spec is out of a dam by Caereinion Monarch and headed back to Northamptonshire with Barbara Smith for the Slapton flock.
A bid of 2300gns was then enough to secure Caereinion Tornado from C E Pryce. This son of Atok Romeo is out of a dam by homebred sire Careinion Number One and was bought by A D and K J Williams for the Kelland flock, Llandeilo, Builth Wells.
And taking a 2000gns call was Cennen Talisman from Hywel Thomas. Sired by Procters Saracen, Talisman is out of a Lyonshall Kruger daughter and was bought by D Williams, Bolbro, Abermule.
Topping the ram lamb trade was a call of 1300gns for Nicola Hartwright's lamb Whitehart Upfront. A son of Cherryvale Shergar he is out of a Humeston River Dance daughter and was bought by noted shearling producers the Gray family, Langside.
Following him at 1100gns was Vale Utopia from Alan and Owen Hughes, Sigingston, Cowbridge. This Goldies Supreme son is out of a Cairness Owen daughter and sold with an index of 309.
Selling for 1050gns was Blaencar Up-An-Coming from E G Morgan, Sennybridge. This one is a Cambwell Rob Roy son out of a dam by Kidstone Paparazzi.
And making 1000gns was Plasucha Uri from Robert Bennett. Sired by the noted Glenside Ring A Ding he is out of a Penparc King Pin daughter. He sold with an index of 325.
Leading the female prices was a 1000gns call for a gimmer from Hywel Thomas, Cennen, TCA1200058. She is a Procters Saracen daughter out of a dam by Garngour Master and was bought by P A S Jones, Fachog.
Another from the same home, this time the female champion from the pre-sale show, TCA1200056, then took the next best call of 740gns. She is another Saracen daughter out of a dam by Clinterty Liberty and was bought by Laga Farms Ltd.
Selling at 660gns was a Scolton gimmer from the Reed family, RWS1200256. This substitute entry is by Caerneinion Rocket and out of a dam by Caereinion Monarch and was knocked down to R Thomas, Milford Haven.
And the Reeds then sold again at 640gns, taking this money for a Meinspride Royal King daughter which had been third in the pre-sale show. This was RWS 1200238 out of a dam by Meinspride Hayen. She sold to G Wilson, Nether Kellet, Carnforth.
At 600gns was yet another from Scolton, RWS1200251, a Monarch daughter out of a dam by Calybury Knave. She was bought by T H Davies, Pendared, Colwyn Bay.
Also at this money was an Ettrick gimmer from Gordon Gray. Sired by Milnbank Sgt Pepper she is out of a dam by Procters Nijinsky and was bought by D Lewis, Narbeth.
Females £325.08 Avg for 100 sold with 82% clearance
Ram Lambs £333.28 Avg for 266 sold with 90% clearance
Shearling Rams £627.24 Avg for 750 sold with 95% clearance
(Clee Tomkinson and Francis)