A Texel gimmer from the Lockhart family, Norfolk, took the day’s top call of 1500gns at the Midland Texel Breeders Sale, part of the September Sheep Sale at Newark.

This was LKH1700495, a twin-born gimmer by Stainton Venom and out of a dam by Mitchelhill Toby. She sold with an index of 410 and was bought by A H Booth, Hardwick Lane, Sheffield.

Next best in the Texel females was a trio of 700gns calls, with the first of these also being gimmers from the Lockharts. The first of these was LKH171700493, another by Venom and out of a Mitchelhill Toby daughter. She sold to Richard Greasley, Keedleston, Derbyshire, with an index of 350.

The other from the Lockhart pen at this money was LKH1700519, a Procters Yeoman daughter out of a dam by Strathbogie Stonker. She was another to head to Derbyshire with Mr Greasley.

And the final 700gns call came for one from Richard Wilson, Appleby, with this being WEV1700954, an ET bred gimmer by Knock Yankee out of a dam by Anglezarke Uno. Selling with an index of 272, she was also taken by Mr Greasley.

Best in the Texel males was a 1000gns sale for a shearling tup from the Lockharts, Melton Constable Amazon. This son of Garngour Wall Street is out of a Mitchelhill Toby daughter, and found a new home with R and S Hatton Frisby on the Wreake.

Close behind at 950gns was Moorgate Abram from B and J Newton. This son of Ettrick Water Boy is out of a Brookhill Viscount-sired dam and sold to Frank Page, Northampton.

Five shearling tups then trade at 900gns, with three of these coming from local vendor Philip Weaver. The first was Empire Acoura Boy, a Tamnamoney Vanilla son out of a dam by Langside Talon, with this one selling to C Foster, Market Rasen.

The same buyer then took Empire Empire Adrian Mole, a Wellingley Whiskey Galore son out of a dam by Llegodig Samson. Third from the Empire pen at 900gns was Empire All Star, another by Vanilla and out of a dam by Cambwell Scott 2nd. He was bought by T Marsden, Cold Hanworth.

Also making 900gns was the best of the day from the Prince family, Derbyshire, with this being Hightecs Action Man, a son of Handbank Madoc out of a dam by Avon Cale Real Deal. He sold with an index of 493 to M J Wells and Son, Moynash.

And the final 900gns call was made for one from Richard and Margaret Lawrence, Coton All Right. He’s by Crailloch Usain Bolt and out of a dam by Hollyford Rockafella and sold to G A and A Vickers and Son, Tilton.

Leading Texel ram lamb trade at 600gns was Peter Woof’s Stainton Barthalo, a Knock Yankee son out of a dam by Anglezarke Uno. He sold with an index of 292 to G G E Ball, Nottingham.

Beltex

Topping the Beltex trade at 900gns was a shearling ram from the Booden flock of A Hamplett, with this being Booden Caesar, a Dooley Aaron son out of a Jed V/D Drie Musschen daughter. He sold to S S Hinchley, Brockhurst, Chesterfield.

Then at 850gns was Windmill Curt from the Bowring family, with this son of Hancock being out of a Corbelly Tight Ass daughter. He was bought by Messrs Wildgoose, Scarcliffe, Derbyshire.

And making 800gns was another from the same home, Windmill Cracker. He’s another by Hancock and out of a BeechcrossThe Mr T daughter. Buying this one was Richard Greasley, Derbyshire.

The Wright family then sold at 750gns, taking this money for Brothertoft Curly, a Dooley Affinity son out of a Figaro V/D Laatste Stuiver daughter. He was knocked down to G A Stephens, Melton Mowbray.

In the Beltex females the best price of 600gns was achieved for Richard Harrison’s gimmer Harridale Cha-Cha-Cha, a Harridale Break Away daughter out of a Dooley Nissan-sired dam. She sold to Stuart Wood, Aberdeenshire.

This bid was matched by the best of the Beltex ewe lambs, Stonedge Delia, a Cynin Count Down daughter out of a dam by Broughton Willie Wonder, with this one also being bought by Stuart Wood.

Blue Texel

Topping a small entry of Blue Texels at 900gns was Paul Gentry’s shearling ram Gentrys Bad Boy, a Bishops Xavier son out of a dam by Pen-y-Bec Turbo, with this one selling to Messrs McCurdie, Rugby.

Second best here was a brace of 550gns calls, with the first of these being made for Gentrys Brigadier, another by Xavier and out of a Mac dam. He sold to J Mills and Son, Winwick.

Meanwhile, the other at this money was an aged ram from Emma Carr and Mandy Friend, with this Millside tup being by an imported sire and out of a dam by a Jonsland ram. He sold to J and N Fyfe, Lutterworth.

Commercial breeding sheep

Commercial ewes were led at £155/head by gimmers from Garfield Stephens, with other pends from the same vendor making £145/head twice and £130/head.

Meanwhile, commercial Beltex cross shearling tups sold to 1000gns twice for Messrs Hutchinson, Balderton, Newark, with others from the same home at 900gns.

Averages; 39 Texel shearling rams £635.12, 46 Texel gimmers £452.87, 16 Texel ram lambs £379.97, 15 Beltex gimmers £395, four Beltex ewe lambs £417.38, 13 Blue Texel rams £635.12, eight Beltex ram lambs £249.38, 29 Beltex rams £623.55  (Newark Livestock Sales).