Texel tups meet strong demand at Skipton
Trade for Texel shearling rams was keen at Skipton last Saturday, with a shearling from Mark Ireland's Heys flock leading the prices at 2000gns. Mark's sale topper, Heys Tim Whisky is a son of 8000gns Hull House Sam Whisky and sold to Nick Dalby, Hartwith.
Heys Tim Whisky - 2,000gns
And selling a brace of shearlings at 1200gns was David Towell, Glusburn, with one selling to J Bradley, Darley, and the other going to P Dewhirst, Waddington.
Scottish breeder John Green, of the Greenall flock, made the long trip down from Lilliesleaf, Selkirk, and was among the leading performers with six averaging £800. The top 1000gns performer, by the 10,500gns Ettrick Rainbow Warrior, joined Bill Turner, Skelton-on-Ure.
The same sire was responsible for four of Mr Green’s consignment, with the remaining two by the 7000gns Ellen Valley Knight Rider also selling well at 980gns and 820gns.
Taking the red ticket in the shearling class in the pre-sale show were Giggleswick’s John and Alison North. Their class leader was a Garngour Patriot son out of a homebred ewe and sold at 800gns to John Mellin, Long Preston.
Thomas Harrison, of Clifford House Texels, Skipton, presented the first prize ram lamb and reserve champion, which made 480gns on joining J K and C A Bretherton, Feniscowles, Blackburn.
Averages; shearling rams £557.65, ram lambs 356.53, shearling ewes £261.75.