Beltex females were the pick of the trade at Saturday’s (9 September) sale of pedigree breeding sheep at Newark.

Taking the day’s top call of 4000gns was a shearling ewe from Andrew and Becky Bishop, Eldersfield, Gloucestershire, with this being Bishops Best Before, a line bred daughter of the imported sire Ouragan Des Pres de L’Ernard and out of a dam by the same sire. She sold to Emily South, Kidlington, Buckinghamshire.

Then at 3000gns was another from the same home, Bishops Bootylicious. This daughter of the homebred Bishops Arnold is out of another Ouragan Des Pres de L’Ernard daughter and had been breed champion at Newark, Lincoln and Norfolk shows over the summer. She also headed to Kidlington with Miss South.

Next best at 1600gns was a Cochrane’s Nimrod sired ewe lamb from the Bishop family, Bishops Concertina. She is out another by the imported sire and was first at Royal Bath and West and Lincoln over the summer. This one was bought by Andrew Wood, Preston, for the Withy Trees flock.

Following that was another gimmer at 800gns, with this one being Staddlestone Beauty from Stewart Taylor. She is by Woodies Talenred and out of a Kingledores Rascal daughter. This one was bought by Park End Farming, Northamptonshire.

At 700gns was Messrs Belfield’s gimmer Boothlow Berry. This ET daughter of Hackney Will I Am is out of a Corstane Mighty Max daughter and sold to Georgina Crabtree, Buckinghamshire.

In the males the best Beltex of the day was an 800gns sale for a ram lamb from David and Matthew Prince, Stonedge Cornelius. This is a son of the homebred Stonedge Beelzebub and out of a Cookstown Hamish daughter. He was knocked down to Andrew and Bishop, Eldersfield, Gloucestershire.

Following him at 750gns was Freckleton Bird-S-Eye, a Matt’s Times Square son from the Roots family. This one is out of a Dooley Lanark daughter and was bought by Richard Greasley, Derby.

Just shy of that at 720gns was Windmill Bertie from the Bowring family. This one is by Corbelly Tight Ass and out an Artnagullion Toronto daughter and was bought by Ian Spendlove, Derby.

Texel 

The best of the Texels on offer saw a 1000gns call for shearling ram Melton Constable Yehudi from Tom, Joe and Alex Lockhart. This son of Millar’s Valiant is out of a Mitchelhill Toby daughter and sold with an index of 265 when bought by J H Grundy, Spalding.

Second best here was a 900gns sale for another from the same home, Melton Constable, Yannis. Again by Millar’s Valiant, he is out of a dam by Mickleburst Smasher and sold to A H Booth, Sheffield, with an index of 255.

Then making 850gns was Coton Y Fella from Richard and Margaret Lawrence. He is by Hollyford Rockafella and out of a Peacehay Nijinsky dam. This one was knocked down to T Marsden, Lincoln.

And topping ram lamb trade at 700gns was Meadowbank Action Man from Graham Baker. He is by Tullylagan War Horse and out of a dam by Sportsmans UFO and was taken home by Skinner Bros, Melton Mowbray.

The Lockharts then led the gimmer trade too, with LKH1600367 at 1000gns, a Garngour Wall Street daughter out of a dam by Strathbogie Stonker. She was bought by M Morris, South Kilworth.

Blue Texels

Leading Blue Texel trade were a pair of ewes from the dispersal of William Timms’ Tima Blues flock at 550gns each. The first of these, an imported ewe by a Kreuze sire, sold to Josh Bustance, Spalding.

Meanwhile, the second, a daughter of Sunnybank X-Factor is out of another imported dam and sold to David Roberts, Shrewsbury.

Best of the rams here was a 520gns call for Joe Thornley’s Joe’s Archie, a Sams Yankeedoodle son out a daughter of another Sams sire. He sold to Rawding Partners, Tring.

Commercial breeding sheep

An outstanding entry of commercial gimmer and ewes saw quality sheep selling way above vendors’ expectation.

Messrs Rawding Partners took top spot selling Beltex gimmers to £190.00 twice with others at £180.00.

Tim Dixon sold Suffolk x Scotch Half Bred gimmers to £170.00. Texel x Cheviot Mule gimmers off the same farm sold to £150.00. R W Gore sold Beltex x Texel gimmers to £165.00. Brackenbury Farms sold Texel gimmers to £160.00. John Wright sold Texel x Mule gimmers to £145.00, second quality Continental types saw Texel x Mule gimmers to £145.00. A small entry of aged ewes sold well with Brackenhurst College selling Rouge x Beltex fresh weaned to £108.00.

Commercial Breeding Rams

Again the right goods met a good demand. Garfield Stephens sold Charolais shearlings to 580gns also Suffolk Shearlings to 500gns, Trevor Lyon sold proven Blue Texels to 500gns.

Averages; one Beltex aged ewe £367.50, 13 Beltex shearling ewes £958.73, six Beltex ewe lambs £633.50, 24 Beltex shearling rams £481.68, six Beltex ram lambs £525, 22 Texel shearling rams £595.29, 20 Texel shearling ewes £440.47, eight Texel ram lambs £409.50, 14 Blue Texel ewes £287.25, six Blue Texel shearling rams £385, eight Blue Texel ewe lambs £210 (Newark Livestock Market).