Solway & Tyne Texel Sheep Breeders Club


Mr C Stoddart
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Mrs F Sloan

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Club Report 2016

2016 Annual Report - Solway & Tyne Club

Where has this year gone?  The club and its members have packed loads into this year and we all have great memories to look back on.

We set off in January with our AGM. Stephanie Ryder from Farmers Guardian and Ryder Livestock gave a funny and informative talk to a small but perfectly turned out audience. There were enough beef rolls to feed the 35th Battalion but we ploughed on through and a good night was had by all.  

We then organised a club outing, having missed out on one last year and in May we set off for Aberdeen, with over thirty on the bus and the trip, while cold, was a great success with varied and interesting visits to Duncryne, Logie Durno, Strathbogie and Deveronvale Flocks and an impromptu visit to Halbeath Flock on the way home. Our hosts could not have been better and our huge thanks go to the flocks who hosted us and made us feel so welcome. We not only enjoyed looking at the stock but the social side was second to none.  We are currently looking at a joint venture to Northern Ireland in the coming year.

We followed our weekend visit with a visit in August to Auldhouseburn, where 70 people enjoyed the best of hospitality, when the club visited Allan Blackwood and family, who made everyone very welcome and it was a most enjoyable day out, viewing the very good stock at Muirkirk Farm.

Our Flock Competition, held in early October, was well supported by members and ably judged by Kirree Kermode from Isle of Man, driven by or resident competition organiser Harry Woodmas.   The eventual winner was Messrs Wilkinson, Arkle Flock.

The summer shows proved popular, with good turnouts for the breed at most, although our attempts to boost numbers at the local shows by giving a prize for Texel cross prime lambs, proved a bit challenging. We do however plan to do the same again in 2017 as the Christmas shows are not as well supported as they used to be, primarily because our lambs are all away by then! Too good!!

Like the other main sales, our club sale at Carlisle, were very successful, with averages well up on the year. The first sale saw ram lamb averages jump by an astounding £400 and there was a new female record for a Sportsmans’ gimmer at the female sale of 6,800gns, which finished the season off nicely.

The first sale was judged by our long-standing friend, Robbie Wilson of the Milnbank Flock and his champion, Douganhill Young Gun, from Brian MacTaggart sold for 12,000gns. Top at this sale however was Knock Yankee who sold to a consortium of buyers for 30,000gns

The second sale also saw a steady trade and although it didn’t have the five figure prices of the first sale, it was still a great success and the female sale held at the beginning of December saw a very good clearance, also with increased averages and our top female price to date at a club sale.

Agriexpo in November, once again proved to be a big crowd puller and we were kept busy all day on our new stand, which the Society supported, for which we are very grateful.

The website, which we introduced last year, has proved to be a great source of communication with our members and wider afield and we make every attempt to put the catalogues, show and sale results up as soon as we have them.  The gallery allows members to look back at the year and we would like to see more pictures from the summer shows coming forward to add to this. There is also a facility for members to sell sheep from the site, so contact us if you would like to place an advert.

We continue to communicate with our growing membership through our website and if anyone wants to know what is going on just pop us an email direct from there.

This year we introduced some new members from the waiting list into full membership, although it is still restricted, as we have had quite a few new members from our immediate club area.

The club continues to grow and thrive a big thank you to all our committee members who take time to help with the organisation of the events.

Fiona Sloan,Secretary.





The Solway and Tyne Texel Breeder Club’s in-lamb female sale at Carlisle on Friday saw a top call of 6,800gns for the pre-sale show Champion, a Knap Vicious Sid daughter from Messrs Boden and Davies’ Sportsmans flock.

Sale leader was BGS1501715, a gimmer out of a dam by the 42,000gns Tullylagan Tonka and going back to Craighead Hercules. She sold to Vaughan Farms, Kingsland, Leominster.

Then making 2,000gns was another similarly bred gimmer by Vicious Sid and out of a Tonka dam. She sold with an index of 275 and was the pick of Kay Castle, Washingley, Peterborough.

Selling at 1,500gns was a ewe from Richard Wilson’s Eden Valley flock. This was the first prize ewe and Reserve Overall Champion, WEV1400263. She’s a Sportsmans Tremendous daughter out of a dam by Deveronvale Perfection and sold carrying to Hexel Wildcard. Buying her were HC & LA MacGillivary, Oban, Argyll.

Following that came a 1,100gns call for a ewe lamb from Hamish Currie’s Burnholm consignment, CKB1600138. Sired by Mossvale Winston she is out of a dam by the homebred Burnholm Troy and was bought by JJ Horn, Richmond.

At 1,000gns was another of Richard Wilson’s ewes, WEV1400326, a Stainton Usain Bolt daughter out of a daughter of Sportsmans Pele. She sold in-lamb to Anglezarke Uno and was knocked down to Messrs MacGillivary.

Averages; eight ewes £714, 35 gimmers £699, seven ewe lambs £376.50



There was a good trade for the show of sheep forward at the annual Solway and Tyne Texel Breeders Club sale at H & H Carlisle this week. Averages were up over £400 for ram lambs on the year and averages in all other sections took a leap, showing the breed to be well sought after by pedigree and commercial buyers alike.

 A ram lamb from A & G Howie, West Knock, Peterhead, Aberdeen, topped the sale when Knock Yankee was knocked down at 30,000gns to a consortium of buyers, including, Peter & Rose Woof, Stainton, Claybury Texels, Shrewsbury, Richard Wilson, Eden Valley, Robert Bennet, Plasucha, Edward Pugh, Glanllyn, David McKerrow, Nochnary and R E J Pierce, Oldford. A February born triplet, Yankee is by Knock’s successful stock ram Tophill Wall St and out of a Cambwell Trademark ewe, purchased from Cambwell Flock for 4500gns.

As expected the pen from Strathbogie had a good run later in the sale and Jim Innes’ last lamb in the ring, sold for 15,000gns to R J Teward & Son, Staindrop, Darlington.  Strathbogie Yogi, is by Millar’s Windbrook and out of a Glenside Razzle Dazzle ewe. He followed the third prize lamb from the show the previous evening, by the same sire and this time out of a Scholars Twenty Twelve ewe, selling to John Forsyth Glenside for £5,000gns and another two at 3,800gns to Messrs McKerrow and Tough and 3,500gns to John Mackie, Milton of Noth, Huntly.

Robbie Wilson, Milnbank, Huntly, had judged the show the previous evening and despite being the first lot in the ring, his Milnbank Yellowstone lamb by Glenside Willy Nilly sold for 14,000gns to Ibrahim Jaeban, Forth House, Cockermouth. Yellowstone’s dam is by Strathbogie Untouchable and her ET sister sold in 2015 for 7,000gns.

The second 14,000gns bid came from Matt and Craig Ridley, Haltcliffe, Wigton, when they bought Tima Yogi Bear, from David Gray, Sunnycroft, Selkirk. Yogi Bear is a Shannah Won-O-Won lamb, with an index of 327 and had previously taken 4th prize at the Highland Show and Champion at Northumberland. David Gray later bought back some of his own breeding when he purchased Clinterty Yankee Doodle from Brian Buchan, Clinterty, Aberdour for 4,500gns. Yankee Doodle is by Tophill Wall St and out of a dam by Ettrick Smasher.  

Robbie Wilson’s Champion from the previous evening, from Brain MacTaggart, Douganhill Farms, Castle Doulglas, was eagerly awaited in the ring and did not disappoint when he sold for 12,000gns to Paul O’Conner, Downpatrick, Northern Ireland. Douganhill Young Gun is by Sportsmans Tremendous II and out of a Hull House Special Brew ewe.  Another from the pen, Douganhill Young Blood, also by Tremendous, sold to Matthew MacTaggart, Rascarrel, Ian Barbour, Beechgrove, Annan and D P Delves, Churchstoke, Shrops for 5,000gns in a three way split.

Charlie and Steph Bowden had to wait to the end of the sale to take 7,000gns for their Knock Will I Am sired lamb, Sportsmans Yankee Doodle, when he  was knocked down to Peter Woof, Stainton Richard Wilson, Eden Valley, D Nesbitt, Seascale and R E J Pierce Oldford. The second last lot in the ring saw Sportsmans Young Yin sell to Archie Hamilton, Smyllum, Lanark, for 4,000gns. Again by Will I Am he is out of a Milnbank Special One ewe.

A bid of 6,000gns saw the first of a very good pen from Robert Osborne’s, Durisdeer Flock, Thornhill, Dumfries, go to T Nesbitt & Sons, Alwent Hall, Darlington, Durisdeer Yankee is by Llangwm Wario and out of a Bradleys Taurus ewe. His next in the ring by the same sire sold for 5,200gns and went to J Buchan Torrax, Kirriemuir. Durisdeer Youngster is out of a Hexel Toy Boy ewe. 

William McCaffrey from Malpas, Cheshire, sold Scholars You Know, by Eden Valley Wiz Kid for 5,000gns to John Mackie, Milton of Noth. This lamb is and out of a Sportsmans Trojan II ewe.

A bid of 4,000gns from John Peterkin, Beauly, Invernesshire, secured Knock Yogi from A & G Howie, Knock Peterhead.  Another by the Tophill Wall St ram, he is out of a very productive dam by Garngour Nobleman and had an index of 351.

In the shearling ring, bidding was brisk for a good show of commercial rams. The Strathbogie flock, showing shearlings for the first time at the sale, again featured strongly in the top prices.  Their first prize ram and reserve male champion from the previous evening, sold jointly for 7,800gns to Robert Cockburn, Knapp Flock, Errol Perthshire and Messrs Wood and Hunter Dalchirla, Crieff. He is again out of a ewe by the successful Glenside Razzle Dazzle and by Aman Vyrnwy. He was followed into the ring by Strathbogie Willie who sold for 5,800gns to RC Ellis, Eglur Flock, Llaneurgain, Flinshire and William McCaffrey, Scholars Flock, Cheshire.

The usual good consignment from Douganhill led off with a bid of 5,200gns from Paul Quick, Loosebeare, Devon, for Douganhill Whisky Mac by Douganhill Urastar and out of a Claybury Powerpack mother.

Robin and Caroline Orr’s, Halbeath flock from Dunfermline took the next two top prices, when a Halbeath VIP son out of a Teiglum Topper ewe sold to George and Harry Wilkinson, Arkle, Wigton for 4,000gns and their second prize shearling from the show earlier, made 3,600gns to a Northern Ireland consortium, including Paul O’connor, Downpatrick, Alistair Gault, Forkins, R. Henderson, Ballynahone, Sam McCauley, Ballymoney and R Strawbridge, Coleraine.

The Females the previous evening were a good trade seeing most sold, with the leader coming from the reduction of the Allanfauld Flock from John MacGregor, Kilsyth, Glasgow. A Goldies Velocity daughter out of a ewe by Strathbogie Stifler, this gimmer had an index of 351. She sold to Boden and Davies Ltd, Sportsman Flock for 5,000gns.

Robert Cockburn sold his Knapp Gimmer by Tamnamoney Tuborg Gold to Mr Herdman, Dromore, Northern Ireland for 4,800gns.  She is out of a Knock show ewe by Baltier Rascal.

There were two bids for 4,000gns. The first went to the second prize winner from Richard Wilson, Eden Valley Flock when she sold to Page Farm Partnership, Rookwith, Ripon and the top price lamb of the night from Leigh Smith’s Majestic Flock, Hensingham, Cumbria, also sold for 4,000gns, when Messrs Bowden and Davies added her to their previous purchase. She is by Glenside Valhalla and had been champion at Skelton and Penrith shows.


    1 Aged Ram                                    £1890.00 

265 Ram Lambs                                 £1264.40 (plus 406.93)

179 Shearling Rams                           £  979.78 (plus 262.86)

  12 Ewe Lambs                                  £  892.50 (plus 505.00)

  85 Shearling Gimmers                     £  845.00 (plus 17.91)

  23 Sale from the Allanfauld Flock £  957.60


There was a steady trade for the Solway and Tyne second sale of Texels on 24th September at Harrison & Hetherington, Carlisle, although averages were again up on the year.

The ringside had to wait until the second last pen in the ring, from J & H Clark, Garngour Lesmahogow, to see the top two prices of the day.  The sale topper of 2,000gns was a March born ram lamb by Teiglum Windfall and out of the full sister to the 2016 Biggar Show Interbreed Champion. Garngour Yamaha, sold to Giles Pyman, Park View, Stainton Penrith.  Her sister and Biggar show champion herself who is also by the renowned Castlcairn Vavavoom, produced the second top price, when the next  through, Garngour You Bet,  sold for 1400gns in a join purchase to Gordon and David Gray, Sunnycroft Lindean, Selkirk and Allan Mounsey, Wardhall Gaurds, Arkelby, Wigton.

The third fourth and fifth prizes, from the earlier show, judged by Dougie Fleming, Biggar, took the next three prices respectively. The first of these was an as yet unnamed Stainton ram lamb from Peter and Rose Woof, Stainton, Crooklands. Kendal.  He is by Hexel Wildcard and out of a ewe by Sportsmans Tremendous II. He sold to Society Chairman, David McKerrow, Nochnary, Freuchie, Fife for 1000gns.

The next two both made 900gns.  Firstly, R Connell, Grange Farm, Maryport secured Ellen Valley Yielder, from George Wilkinson, Arkleby, Aspatria. Yielder is out of the flock’s show ewe and by Stainton Winchester. The second last lot in the ring from Andrew Neilston, East Brackenridge, Strathaven, sold to Ian Spedding, Harelaw, Wolsingham, Bishop Auckland. Brakenridge Yen is again by Hexel Wildcard and this time out of a ewe by Teiglum Thunder.

The females saw a sound trade, with averages again up on the year. The show Reserve Overall Champion, a shearling ewe by Foreman Hill Vampire and out of a ewe by Tullylagan Tonka, saw Charlie and Steph Boden of the Sportsmans flock, Mellor Hall, Stockport sell her to R Mitcheson, Bolam Lake, Belsay for the top of 1700gns.

The Alford Family from Foxhill Farm, Cullompton, Devon had the best run of the day on the female side with their two good pens of ewes.

Daughter Charlotte Alford led the way with her one crop Wayside ewe by Strathbogie Terminator, out of an Ettrick Rainbow Warrior ewe.  She sold to Steph and Charlie Bowden for 1600gns Her first in the ring the same way bred, sold for 1500gns to D P Delves, The View, Churchstoke.

Mike and Melanie Alford sold their two crop ewe, by Douganhill McFly, out of another Rainbow Warrior mother for 1250gns to James Runciman & Sons, Allanshaws, Stow, Galashiels. A bid of 1000gns secured the next highest price, from Charolotte Alford, for R Mitcheson, Bolam Lake, Belsay, when he purchased her one crop ewe the same way bred.

Mr Delves added another three at 900gns a piece to his flock, purchasing another Terminator daughter from The Alfords, and two gimmers from Sportsmans flock, both by a Knap Sid Vicious.

AVERAGES          2016                                             2015                                                

49  Shearling Gimmers 505.9362                £463.86 (62)       

9    Ewes £962.50                                               £201.00 (14)                                       

1    Aged Ram £294                                           £294.00 (1)                         

15  Shearling Rams 569.10                             £497.05 (34)       

100 Ram Lambs 462.53                                   £422.88 (113)


Flock Competition 2016


Ewe Lambs


Large Flock -       1.   ‘Arkle’                   Messrs Wilkinson

                              2.   ‘Finevalley’           Alan Clark

                              3.   ‘Glenway’              Ian Murray


Medium Flock -    1.   ‘Hallrigg’               Messrs Graham

                               2.   ‘Nunfield’              Ruth Mitchinson

                               3.   ‘Rascarrel’             Matthew MacTaggart


Small Flock -         1.   ‘Hexel’                   Donald McPherson  

                                2.   ‘Stow Beck’           Dave Jarman   

                                3.   ‘Midcombe’           Adam Mawson


                              Champion                      ‘Arkle’  Messrs Wilkinson

                              Reserve Champion       ‘Hexel’   Donald McPherson




Large Flock -        1.   ‘Crailloch’                 Angus McColm

                               2.   ‘Arkle’                       Messrs Wilkinson

                               3.   ‘Glenway’                 Ian Murray


Medium Flock -    1.   ‘Rascarrel’                 Matthew MacTaggart

                                2.   ‘Hallrigg’                  Messrs Graham

                                3.   ‘Nunfield’                 Ruth Mitchinson


Small Flock -         1.   ‘Midcombe’               Adam Mawson

                                2.   ‘Hexel’                       Donald McPherson 

                                3.   ‘Smyllum’                  Archie Hamilton


                                Champion                      ‘Rascarrel’     Matthew MacTaggart  

                                Reserve Champion       ‘Crailloch’    Angus McColm




Senior                 1.   ‘Aman Watcyn Wyn Dya’      Messrs Wilkinson

                            2.   ‘Scrogtonhead Vagaboy’        Alan Clark

                            3.   ‘Proctors Wildcard’                Angus McColm


Lambs                1.   Strathbogie Yolo’                  Messrs Woodmass

                            2.   ‘Clinterty Yorkie’                   Angus McColm

                            3.   ‘Stainton Youcorn’                 Messrs Graham


                          Champion -   ‘Strathbogie Yolo’   Messrs Woodmass


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