Sire of the Year Trophy 2012

Sire of the Year 2012
SPORTSMAN'S SCOUT - BGS1100222

 

The Cheshire-based Sportsman's flock of Messrs Boden and Davies has scooped the Texel Sheep Society's First Season Sire of the Year award for 2012 for Sportsman's Scout, a first season ram bred in the Sportsman's flock and sold as a ram lamb in 2011 for 10,000gns.

Scout, BGS1100222, is a son of Cowal Rob Roy out of a dam by prolific show winner Castlecairn Nile God and carries an index of 221.

Purchased by a syndicate of four breeders from the Solway and Tyne Texel Club's sale at Carlisle in September 2011 it was a trio of ET bred brothers that secured the trophy for Scout and Charlie Boden, with all three coming from the Teiglum flock of Clark Farms, Lanark.

The three brothers were, Teiglum Tornado (CFT1201701), sold for 60,000gns at the Scottish National Sale, Lanark, Teiglum Troy (CFT1201694), sold at the same sale for 8000gns and Teiglum Tennessee (CFT1201702) sold for 5500gns at the Welsh National Sale, Welshpool. Their dam, (CFT1000143) is a daughter of Teiglum Outlaw which was placed second at both the Royal Highland and the Great Yorkshire shows.

All three brothers are likely to have a widespread and positive influence within the breed, with both Tornado and Tennessee having been bought by separate five member syndicates embracing several prominent flocks. Troy, meanwhile, was purchased by the noted Millar’s flock, Ulster.

And highlighting the positive connection between breed type and performance which exists in the Texel breed all three rams are within the 1% of the breed for terminal sire index with indices of 338, 330 and 339 respectively, said British Texel Sheep Society chief executive John Yates. "This shows that breeding for type and performance can go hand in hand and underlines the value many top flocks are placing on performance recording in order to deliver the type of sheep the breed's commercial customers are demanding."

Backing this confidence in the qualifying rams' breeding Robbie Wilson of the Aberdeenshire-based Milnbank flock, who organised the 60,000gns Tornado syndicate, has used the tup lamb on many of his high profile females including his entire team of ET donor ewes. No doubt Troy and Tennessee will have been utilised similarly by their respective flock owners.

Unfortunately, Sportsman’s Scout died in September, leaving only a small inventory of frozen semen. But Scout is fairly certain to leave a permanent legacy within the breed via his three leading sons.

Adding to the achievement by Scout's breeder, Charlie Boden, is the fact that he not only bred the Sire of the Year, Sportsman’s Scout, but was also the breeder of the second and third placed rams, Sportsman’s Supreme (BGS1100303) and Mellor Vale Senator (BCM110006), respectively.

Charlie Boden receiving the Sire of the Year trophy from Society president and chairman Nick Tavernor
Charlie Boden receiving the Sire of the Year trophy from Society president and chairman Nick Tavernor

Mr Boden said that while he was responsible for breeding the three leading tups it was the judicious use of them by their buyers that had resulted in them achieving not only Sire of the Year, but second and third spot too.

He said the common factor in all three rams' breeding was the sire Mellor Vale Officer which he sold privately to Malcolm Reid for the Kelso flock.

Officer was sire of 40,000gns Kelso Pavarotti (MBZ09002), which was in turn the grandsire of Sportsman’s Scout. Meanwhile, Sportsman’s Supreme was a full ET brother to Pavarotti, while Mellor Vale Senator (BCM1100066) was a maternal brother to Officer. Mr Boden said Officer was one of the best sheep he had bred to date.

And, continuing a rich vein of form both Charlie Boden and the Clark Family are closely involved with the breeding achievements of the fourth and fifth placed rams Milnbank Special One (LYM1100405) and Strathbogie Smokey Blue (IJS1100074), with Mr Boden having a share in Special One and the Clarks a share in Smokey Blue.

The First Season Sire of the Year Award was introduced by the Society in 2010 to recognise the achievements of breeders in advancing the breed through the use of the latest genetics.

Since its inception sons of previous winners, Strathbogie Python (IJS 09289) with an index of 307 at 91% accuracy and Glenside Razzle Dazzle (FPG1000055) with an index of 302 at 96% accuracy, himself a son of Python, have proved influential across the breed. Mr Boden is though the first breeder to have achieved an outstanding one-two-three in the company of some major challengers, providing further evidence of the influence and strength in depth that this flock has in the Texel breed, added Mr Yates.

Position

Sheep ID

Ram Price (Gns)

Qualifying Sons

Price (Gns)

Aggregate Price (Gns)

1st

Sportsman’s Scout

10,000

Teiglum Tornado
CFT1201701

60,000

73,500

     

Teiglum Troy
CFT1201694

8,000  
     

Teiglum Tennessee
CFT1201702

5,500  

2nd

Sportsmans Supreme

20,000

Knock Travis
HAK1200402

20,000

45,500

     

Knock Trojan
HAK1200420

17,000  
     

Cambwell Terminator
LTC1201075

8,500  

3rd

Mellor Vale Senator

2,800

Tullylagan Tonka
HPY1200404

42,000

44,300

     

Millar’s Total Recall
VMG1200404

1,500  
      Tullylagan Tyson 800  

4th

Milnbank Special One

25,000

Sportsman’s Trojan II
BGS1200587

20,000

37,000

     

Sportsman’s Tremendous II
BGS1200471

11,000  
     

Mellor Vale Tomahawk
BCM1200139

6,000  

5th

Strathbogie Smokey Blue

24,000

Teiglum Thunder
CFT1201741

17,000

27,200

     

Haddo Titan
KWJ1200386

8,000  
     

Garngour Tartan Bearer
CJN1201593

2,200