Saturday’s sale of pedigree in-lamb ewes and dry ewe lambs saw a bumper demand across all sections, with a 93% clearance rate of the 254 sheep on offer.
Texels once again proved the pick of the trade, selling to a high of 3800gns for the day’s pre-sale champion from the Mellor Vale flock of Charlie Boden. This was BCM1600402, a daughter of Strathbogie Whiplash out of a dam by Milnbank Special One and in lamb to the 70,000gns Teiglum Young Gun. This one was the pick of Andrew and Becky Bishop, Eldersfield, Gloucestershire.
Following her at 1800gns was one from Gordon Gray’s Ettrick pen, GGH1606130, an ET bred gimmer by Shannagh Won-O-Won and out of a dam by Sportsmans Unimog. She sold in-lamb to the 60,000gns Clinterty Yuga Khan. She sold to Tom Williams, Felton, Bristol.
And at the same money was another from the same pen, GGH1606172, a Douganhill Vital Spark daughter out of a dam by Glue Gates Top Gun and again in lamb to the 60,000gns Clinterty Yuga Khan. This one headed north of the border to David Morrison, Barr, Girvan.
Charlie Boden then took 1400gns for another Strathbogie Whiplash daughter, BCM1600408. This one is out of a Tullagh Tonka dam and sold carrying to Teiglum Young Gun. She found a new home with Paul Castle, Washingley, Peterborough.
After that came a 1300gns call for the final entry from Gordon Gray, GGH1606060, an Ellen Valley Warlord daughter out of a dam by Glenside Ring A Ding. This one is a maternal sister to the 8500gns Tima Ace and sold carrying to the 17,000gns Usk Vale Albatross. She was taken by James Theyer, Little Clanfield, Oxfordshire.
Selling at 1200gns was one from Messrs Boden and Davies’ Sportsmans pen, BGS1602152, another by the successful Strathbogie Whiplash and out of a dam by Milnbank Special One. She sold to Paul Castle, Washingley, having been served by Teiglum Young Gun.
Another from the same pen then made 1100gns, with this being BGS1602155. Again by Whiplash she is out of another Special One daughter and sold having been served by Clinterty Yogi Bear. This one was also the pick of Paul Castle.
Four then traded at 1000gns, with the first three all being Sportsmans entries. First at this level was BGS1602237. This Whiplash daughter out of a Milnbank Ur The Boy daughter and sold in-lamb to Fordafourie Amalert. She was knocked down to Tom Williams, Felton, Bristol.
Second to make this money was BGS1602196. This Whiplash daughter sold in-lamb to Clinterty Yogi Bear and is out of a Special One daughter. She was taken by Harvey Sillis, Edgefield, Melton Constable.
Paul Castle was back in action buying the last of these three, BGS1602279, a Knap Vicious Sid daughter out of a dam by Tullylagan Tonka. She was offered carrying to Fordafourie Amalert.
The final 1000gns call came for Richard Wilson’s Eden Valley gimmer, 1600662, a Hexel Wildcard daughter out of a dam by Oberstown Usain Bolt. She was sold in-lamb to Ghros Andy and was bought by Peter Longdin, Tickhill, Doncaster.
Texel senior ewes peaked at 800gns for Henry Ashley and family’s entry, AHL1400748. This is a Cambwell Thunder daughter out of a dam by Glenside Schumacher and sold to J W and R W Osbourne, Denby Village, Derbyshire, having been served by Tullylagan War Horse.
Ewe lambs led the prices in the Beltex section when Claire Harrison sold at 1800gns. This was Clarison Crystal, a Dooley Amazing daughter out of the imported dam Regente Du Mont Des Alouettes. She sold to JML Farming, Thame, Oxfordshire.
Then at 1700gns was another from the same pen and the day’s Beltex champion, Clarison, Clodagh. Again by Dooley Amazing, she is out of another imported dam, Quira Du Mont Des Alouettes. She was bought by the pre-sale judge, Matt Prince, Chesterfield.
Then at 1100gns was a ewe lambs from Andrew and Becky Bishop, Bishops Chrissie. This Bishops Arnold daughter is out of a Cochrane’s Nimrod daughter and sold to Rosie Boden, Stockport.
And making 1000gns was another from Claire Harrison, Clarison Cindy. This one is a full ET sister to the pre-sale champion and sold to JML Farming, Thame.
In-lamb Beltex trade peaked at 1300gns for a gimmer from Andrew and Becky Bishop, ARB B374. This daughter of The Bulldog is out of a dam by Luggsmill Milos and sold in-lamb to Woodies Beyond Limits. She was taken by Rosie Boden, Stockport.
Next best at 1000gns was Bishops Blue Eyes, a Bishops Arnold daughter out of a dam by Ouragan De Pres de L’Ernard and in-lamb to Woodies Beyond Limits. This one was the choice of Stuart Wood, West Hill, Aberdeenshire.
Blue Texel prices were led by stock from the dispersal of Harry and Jake Pamplin’s Midnight flock, with the top call here being an 1800gns call for Midnight YumYum, a 2014-born ewe by AFS/11/00258 and out of a Shearstone bred ewe. She sold in-lamb to a Millside sire and was bought by Messrs Comer, Leigh, Swindon.
Second best at 1600gns was Midnight Willow, a 2013-born ewe exactly the same way bred as the sale topper and again in-lamb to the Millside sire. She was bought by Giles Hardman, Low Bands, Gloucestershire.
Then at 1500gns was the best of the gimmers from the Midnight flock, a gimmer bred in the Buteland flock, GDS/16/02347. She is by Rattrays Yogi and out of a dam by a Beili sire and sold in-lamb to the Millside tup. This one was taken by Messrs Partridge, Kersey, Ipswich.
A trio then sold at 1300gns, with the first of these being flock ewes. The first was a 2015-born ewe bred in the Sams flock, AFS/15/04775Y. Sired by Millend Whirlend and out of a Beili dam she was also in-lamb to the Beili sire and was bought by Tom Williams, Felton, Bristol.
Second at this level was Millend Young Georgie, a Hackney X-Rated daughter out of a dam by Shearstone Real Deal. Again in-lamb to the Millside tup she was bought by Chris and Laura Beck, Halesworth, Suffolk.
And the final 1300gns call was made for a gimmer bred in the Sams flock, AFS/16/05004, She is by AFS/14/04739X and out of a dam by a Millside sire and sold in-lamb to the Millside tup to Sophie Long, Bishops Frome, Herefordshire.
Selling for 1200gns was Millend Wilma, a daughter of DJA12/00776V and out of a dam by Millend Star Potential. She sold in-lamb to the Millside tup and was bought by Messrs Comer.
In the Blue Texel ewe lambs, the leading call was a 1200gns call for Xana Bliss from Mandy Friend and Emma Carr. This daughter of DJA15/01450Y is out of a dam by Woodstone Victor and sold to Rachael McMaster, Reigate, Surrey.
Second best at 1000gns was one from the Pamplin brothers’ dispersal, Midnight Beauty. Sired by DJA15/01515Y and out of a Shearstone ewe she was also bought by Rachael McMaster.
And, also at this price was Midnight Burberry, again by the Millside sire and out of a Millend ewe by a Millside tup. She was bought by David Gray, Selkirk, Scottish Borders.
Suffolk trade peaked at 600gns for a gimmer from Messrs Hallam and Eggleston’s Seagrave entry, G86:16/01779, a Birness Presidential daughter out of a dam by Jubilee Too Grand and sold carrying to Kings Rock of Ages. She was taken by Tom Williams, Felton, Bristol.
Then at 500gns was one from the Bulmer family’s Salton flock. This was D17:16:01014, a daughter of Donrho Hector and out of a Kings Discovery daughter. She was offered in-lamb to Tir Griffin and was bought by Duncan Jeary, Melton Constable, Norfolk.
Making 450gns was another from the Seagrave pen, G86:16:01777, a Rhaeadr Wellington daughter out of a dam by Jubilee Too Grand. She was bought by Tom Williams and sold carrying to Cairness The Night Manager.
Meanwhile, in the senior ewes Geoff Biddulph sold a 2014-born ewe 92J:14:00923 at 550gns. She is by Haddo High Voltage and is out of a Stockton Cruz dam. In-lamb to Cairness Great Expectations she was bought by D J Summers and Son, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire.
Another from the same home then made 520gns, with this being 92J:14:00924. She is by Strathisla Red McGregor and out of a Strathisla Apache dam. In-lamb to Salopian He’s The Boy she sold to Robert Pratt and family, Dunstable, Bedfordshire.
Leading the Charollais trade was a gimmer from Geoff Biddulph, 16PF01701. This daughter of Trannon Pacific is out of a ewe by a homebred sire and sold in-lamb to Elmwick Preston. She was bought by Robert Lowe, Little Dalby, Melton Mowbray.
Then at 500gns was another from the same pen, 16PF01687. Again sired by Trannon Pacific, she is out of a dam by Glyn Coch Ninja and sold in-lamb to the homebred Gawsworth 11PF00235. This one also sold to Robert Lowe.
Bleu Du Maine
A small offering of Bleu Du Maine ewe lambs from Jonathan McInnes Skinner peaked at 550gns for Ernford Philippa. This is a daughter of Ernford Nugget and out of a ewe by Ernford Jackal. She sold to Swallows Farm, Sykehouse, Goole.
And at 500gns was Ernford Pixie, another by Nugget and out of a Jackal daughter. She sold to SD Agriculture, Uppertown, Chesterfield, with the same buyer taking another, Ernford Priscilla at the same money. She was similarly bred.
Averages; five Texel senior ewes £556.50, 65 Texel shearling ewes £658.27, 22 Texel ewe lambs £206.18, six Beltex senior ewes £586.25, seven Beltex shearling ewes £712.50, 15 Beltex ewe lambs £710.50, 10 Blue Texel senior ewes £1113, eight Blue Texel shearling ewes £905.63, seven Blue Texel ewe lambs £832.50, one Blue Texel stock ram £1260, 11 Suffolk senior ewes £320.73, nine Suffolk shearling ewes £416.50, 12 Suffolk ewe lambs £233.10, four Charollais senior ewes £294, eight Charollais shearling ewes £426.56, three Charollais ewe lambs £262, three Bleu Du Maine ewe lambs £542.50 (Newark Livetock Sales).