Exceptional demand sees 83% ram lamb clearance at English National Texel Sale
An exceptionally strong demand for Texel ram lambs from both pedigree and commercial buyers at the English National Texel Sale, Worcester, saw a total of 194 ram lambs achieve an 83% clearance rate, with 194 lambs sold, 45 more than the same fixture last year.
British Texel Sheep Society chief executive John Yates said the high clearance rate and average of £902.68 represented one of the best English National Sales of recent years and followed on from outstanding sales at the previous three National Sales at Ballymena, Lanark and Welshpool. "The demand for Texel breeding rams so early in the season has been a credit to the commercial focus of breeders across the country. There is no doubting the premiums being earned by Texel sired lambs are boosting producers confidence as they seek to invest in the best possible genetics for the flocks."
Taking the top call of the day at 5400gns was Peter Woof’s Stainton flock when he sold Stainton Vantage II. This is a full brother to Peter’s 11,000gns lamb at Lanark last week and is an Anglezarke Uno son out of a dam by Sportsmans Tremendous II, he went to Messrs Draper for their Claybury flock.
The second best price of the sale was a 5000gns bid for Teiglum Valiant from the Clarks, this one is by Kelso Ultra and out of a dam by Strathbogie Smokey Blue and sold with an index of 373, heading home with Jonathan Rees, Abergele.
Two lambs then sold at 4000gns, with the first of these being David Gray’s second prize recorded lamb from the pre-sale show, Tima Valentino. He’s a Llyfni Usain Bolt son out of a dam by Thinacres Grenade. He has an index of 363 and sold in a two-way split to Robert Laird, Cambwell, and Allan Campbell, Strawfrank.
The second at the same money was another of the prize winners Robert Cockburn’s Knap Vogue, the reserve male and reserve overall champion from the pre-sale show. This Tamnamoney Tuborg Gold son is out of a dam by Knock Papoose and sold to Henry Gamble for the Springwell flock, Northern Ireland.
Robbie Wilson then sold Milnbank Vorderman, a third prize winner at 3600gns. This Strathbogie Untouchable son is out of a dam by Kelso Picasso and sold to the Quick family and Nicola Hartwright in a two-way split for their Loosebeare and Hartwright flocks, respectively.
Then at 3500gns was Cambwell Victory from Robert Laird, with this one being a Cambwell Trademark son out of a dam by Allanfauld Rockafella. He sold to P J Evans, Talgarth, Brecon.
After that came a 3400gns call for Hull House Voyager from John Mellin. This Hilltop Predator son is out of a dam by Castleknowe Matchmaker and sold with an index of 207, being knocked down to Ben Baggott Farms, Little Haywood, Stafford.
And making 3200gns early in the day was Procters Vectra from Procters Farm. This is a son of Scholars Twenty Twelve out of a dam by Anglezarke Nimrod and was bought by Messrs Goodwin and Son, Church Stretton, Shropshire.
And taking 3000gns was the champion, Sportsmans Van The Man when he sold to Messrs Moffat and Bradley-Farmer, Hampshire. This is a Tullylagan Tonka son out of a dam by Mellor Vale Officer.
Also at the same money was the best of the sale from the Strathbogie pen of Jim Innes, Aberdeenshire. This was Strathbogie Van Damme, a son of Strathbogie Untouchable out of a dam by Clinterty Par One. He was knocked down to Michael Leggat, Forgue, Huntly.
From the same home at 2800gns was Strathbogie Vino, another by Untouchable and this time out of a dam by Millar’s Outstanding. He sold to the Kirton family, Bewdley, Worcestershire.
And selling away at 2700gns was Cosyn Texels Viking from Carl Henry Bellis. Sired by Tullylagan Tonka he is out of a dam by Kelso Picasso and went home with Messrs Draper for the Claybury flock.
Just behind that at 2600gns was John Vaughan’s Vorn Vaurus, a son of Cambwell Taurus out of a dam by Roxburgh Spitfire and with an index of 456. He sold to the Isle of Man when joining Messrs Creer.
After that came a 2400gns call for Cowal Voyager from Keith, Alan and Roy Campbell, with this one being a Milnbank Ur The Boy son out of a dam by Kelso Pavarotti. He sold to David Martyn, Barnage, with an index of 373.
The same money was enough to secure Hull House Vice Versa from John Mellin. Sired by Sportsmans Terrific II son and out of a dam by Hull House Rothchild I he has an index of 312 and sold to A J Carter, Dawlish, Devon.
A third 2400gns call then saw Ryan Bradley sell Far Hey Vendetta, a son of Anglezarke Uno out of a dam by Garngour Nobleman from the Bradley. This one went to Nigel Gibbs, Bettonfield.
Selling at 2100gns was A Milnbank Ur The Boy son from Charlie Boden. This was Mellor Vale Valentino and is out of a dam by Castlecairn Nile God and sold to join E Rees, Llangadog, Carmarthen.
Then selling at 2000gns was Ettrick Viking from Gordon Gray. This is another Llyfni Usain Bolt son out of a dam by Knock Papoose. Buying him was David Lewis, Narberth, Pembrokeshire.
Also making 2000gns was Sportsmans Vantastic from Boden and Davies. Another by Milnbank Ur The Boy and this time out of a Baltier Panther daughter he sold to Mike Horton, Garway Hill, Hereford, and Tim Healy, Sussex, in a two-way split.
Average; 194 ram lambs £902.68 (+39.68).
Shearling ram trade reaches 2500gns
Shearling ram prices peaked at 2500gns for the best of the offering from Nicola Hartwright’s Whitehart flock. This was Whitehart Ultra Modern, a Cherryvale Shergar son out of a dam by Hendre Oh Boy. He sold to the Quick family for the Loosebeare flock.
Next best at 1580gns was Whitehart Upmarket from the same home, with this shearling being another Shergar son, but this time out of a Broomknowes Lion King daughter. He was bought by Messrs Probert and Sons, Leominster.
Following that at 1420gns was another Whitehart shearling, this time Whitehart Unleashed, a Humeston River Dance son out of a dam by Ellen Valley Nemesis. Taking this one home was Anytimeanywhere, Egloskerry, Launceston.
Just shy of that at 1400gns was A E Williams and Son's best, Clun Ultimate. This is a Knock Tatum son out of a dam by Wolfclyde Nitro and sold to J A Wright, Ludlow.
Barbara Smith then sold Slapton Uncle Zeus at 1300gns. This Llegodig Sparkle son is out of a dam by Cwmithon Petrov and sold to T H Davies, Colwyn Bay.
And then making 1200gns was Whitehart Upgrade from Nicola Hartwright. Sired by Cherryvale Shergar he is out of a Haddo Rio daughter and goes to work with Ian Gilmour, Humeston, and David Gilmour, Broomknowes.
Average;52 shearling rams £816.78 (+£84.78)
Shearling ewes set new records at English National Sale
A healthy trade for Texel gimmers at the English National Sale, Worcester, saw trade peak at 7000gns with both the average and clearance rate setting new sale records.
Leading the trade was the female and reserve overall champion from the pre-sale show, Tom Evan's gimmer from the Welsh flock. This one, ESW1300234, is a Mossknowe Pudsey daughter out of a dam by Swaites O Sullivan. She sold to Messrs Boden and Davies for the Sportsmans flock, Cheshire.
With an 89% clearance and an average of £757.06, the ringside was packed from start to finish and demand for well bred, well fleshed sheep was evident throughout the sale, said Society chief executive John Yates. "It was evident from the trade that both established and new breeders continue to invest in the best available females to develop their flocks for the modern market.
“Both the average and the number sold established new sale records for the English National sale and followed the strong demand for females seen at every National Texel Sale this season, with the average rising by more than £135 on last year and a further 20 gimmers sold compared to the 2013 sale."
Second best at 4000gns was Robert Cockburn's gimmer CKP1304946, a Tamnamoney Tuborg Gold daughter out of a dam by Ettrick No Limits. Her grand dam is dam of the 145,000gns Knap Vicious Sid. She sold to Carl Henry Bellis for the Cosyn flock, Holywell, Flintshire.
And making 2200gns was Peter Woof's first gimmer in the ring, WPS1300421, a Sportsmans Tremendous II daughter out of a Stainton Richochet daughter. This one was the pick of D B Thomas, Blaenparc, Lampeter.
Making 1600gns was the Lockhart family's best from the Melton Constable flock. This own, LKH1300151, a Kingsland Tiger daughter out of a Garngour Oracle daughter. This one sold to R H and J A Bell, Charlesfield, Kelso.
David Houghton also sold at this price, when selling HPH1300486, a Milnbank Times Square daughter out of a Knock Orion dam. Then after that at 1450gns was David Gray's Tima gimmer, GCT1303258, a Plasucha Tiger daughter out of a dam by Thinacres Grenade. She sold to Nigel Gibbs, for the Bettonfield flock.
Gordon Gray then sold to 1400gns for GGH1303109, a Knock Topaz daughter out of an Annan Manitou daughter, with this one knocked down to David Prince, Chesterfield. Meanwhile, making 1300gns was a Wayside gimmer from Charlotte Alford. This was AFC1300026, a Kingsland True Grit daughter out of a dam by Kelso Pedro and sold to J R Williams, Sennybridge.
Following that at 1250gns was Stuart Currie's gimmer CUB1300760, an Ireby Top Hat daughter out of a Procters Oswald daughter which sold to Mark Crabtree, Kettlesing
The Ettrick flock of Gordon Gray was then back in the money when taking 1200gns for a Plasucha Tiger daughter, GGH1303017, out of a dam by Cennen Magnum. She was the pick of J Lea, Hales, Market Drayton.
Then just 50gns less was paid for the first from the Einon flock of the Lewis family. This was a Milnbank Tank daughter, LSI1300105, out of a dam by Strathbogie Python and found a new home with A Thomas, Glandwr.
Also selling at 1150gns was the best of the evening from the Sportsmans flock of Messrs Boden and Davies when Ben Vernon bought BGS1300785, a Tullylagan Tonka daughter out of a Baltier Panther daughter.
A pair then sold at 1050gns, with the first of these being Peter Longdin's Wellingley gimmer which had been reserve female champion. This was LJW1300303, a Knock Sequel daughter out of a dam by Langlands Rooney. She was knocked down to D Lewis, Lyonshall.
The other at this level was the second of the sale from Robert Cockburn which also sold to Mr Lewis, Lyonshall. This one, CKP1304936, is an Ettrick Tartan Special daughter out of a dam by Hull House Nijinsky.
Average; 89 shearling ewes £757.06 (+£135) (McCartneys).
English National Show Results
Taking the supreme championship in the pre-sale show at the English National Sale, Worcester, was the Sportsmans flock of Boden and Davies, with this falling to Sportsmans Van The Man, a Tullylagan Tonka son out of a Mellor Vale Officer dam.
Reserve supreme was the female champion, Tom Evans’ gimmer, ESW1300234, from the Welsh flock. This one is a Mossknowe Pudsey daughter out of a dam by Swaites O Sullivan.
Reserve male champion was the winner of the open ram lamb class, Knap Vogue from Robert Cockburn. This is a Tamnamoney Tuborg Gold son out of a dam by Knock Papoose.
Taking the reserve female title was the second prize gimmer from Peter Longdin, LJW1300303, a Knock Sequel daughter out of a dam by Langlands Rooney.
1 – S and T Evans’ ESW1300234
2 – Messrs Longdin’s LJW1300303
3 – G Gray’s GGH1303109
4 – P Woof’s WPS1300421
5 – R Cockburn’s CKP1304946
1 – A E Williams’ Clun Uncle Sam
2- N Hartwright’s Whitehard Ultra Modern
3 – M MacTaggart’s Rascarrel Uriah
4 – B Smith’s Slapton Uncle Zeus
5 – Claybury Texels’ Claybury Universe
YDP Ram Lambs
1 – M Leggat’s Foreman Hill Viper
2- P and B O’Connor’s Drumgooland Vanquish
3 – B O’Connor’s Windermere Vantage
4 –M Alford’s Foxhillfarm Victor
5 – C Alford’s Wayside Van Gogh
Open Ram Lambs
1 – R Cockburn’s Knap Vogue
2 – J Mellin’s Hull House Voyager
3 –R Wilson’s Milnbank Vordeman
4 – J Innes’ Strathbogie Van Damme
5 – D Houghton’s Tophill Va Va Voom
Performance Recorded Ram Lambs
1 –Boden and Davies’ Sportsmans Van the Man
2 – D Gray’s Tima Valentino
3 –Procters Farm’s Procters Vectra
4 – John Mellin’s Hull House Vice Versa
5 – Clark Farms’ Teiglum Valiant.