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Scottish National Texel Sale grosses £1,049,925

22 August 2014

SCOTLAND - The Scottish National Texel Sale, Lanark, saw a solid trade from start to finish, with 390 ram lambs selling to average £2487.23, a rise of £177.68 on the year for 20 more sold.

British Texel Sheep Society chief executive John Yates said the sale has been a ringing endorsement of the Society’s and Texel breeders’ clear focus on the commercial demands of modern sheep farmers.

“While the top end of the trade clearly drew the pedigree breeders there was a solid commercial demand right through the sale, with good lambs easily sold.

“And with the top two priced lambs both coming from young breeders it is pleasing to see that in the Society’s 40th anniversary year the younger generation are at the forefront of the breed.

“The Texel breed is the dominant force in the British sheep industry and as today’s sale proves reaching the top of the breed can be achieved relatively quickly with careful breeding and buying decisions.”

Mr Yates added that the sales 82% clearance rate for the ram lambs was the highest recorded at Lanark in the history of the breed and the sale was also the highest ever grossing Texel Breed Society sale. “

Leading the prices and taking the second highest ever price for a sheep in the UK at 145,000gns was Robert Cockburn's ram lamb Knap Viscious Sid, from his Crieff, Perthshire-based flock.

Robert’s sale topper, a much admired lamb from the pre-sale show is a son of the 7000gns Tamnamoney Tuborg Gold and is out of a dam by Baltier Rascal I. He had stood fifth in the pre-sale show and had previously been first prize ram lamb at Lesmahagow Show.

After some fierce bidding this one sold to Charlie Boden Sportsmans, Keith, Alan and Roy Campbell, Cowal, and Hugh and Alan Blackwood, Auldhouseburn.

Second best of the day was an 85,000gns bid for Cornmore Velvet Jacket from young first time vendor John Leitch, Castlederg, Co Tyrone. This Tullylagan Tonka son is out of a Sheeoch Ringmaster dam and was again the subject of much pre-sale speculation, finally being knocked down to John Forsyth, Glenside and Alasdair Beatton, Wester Crosshill.

Another Northern Irish breeder was in the money with the third top of the day, when Brian Hanthorn, Tynan, Co Armagh, sold at 52,000gns. This was his ram lamb Mullan Vivaldi, an Oberstown Usain Bolt son out of a Douganhill McFly dam. He sold to Neil and Stuart Barclay, Harestone, Jim Innes Strathbogie, and Graham Morrison, Deveronvale.

Maybole, Ayrshire-based John Forsyth then recouped some of his outlay when he took 42,000gns for Glenside Valhalla from John Forsyth. This is a son of the 20,000gns Strathbogie Upping The Ante and is out of a dam by Strathbogie Python. He sold to Robbie Wilson, Milnbank, and Jim Innes, Strathbogie.

After that the next best of the sale was a 13,000gns bid for Garngour Vintage from Alan, Andrew and Dye Clark. This son of the 38,000gns sire Springwell Ulsterboy is out of a Strathbogie Smokey Blue daughter and sold with an index of 307. He went to Albert and George Howie, Knock, Sandy Lee, Fordafourie, and Willie Knox, Haddo.

Selling for 11,000gns was Stainton Vigilante from Peter Woof. This one had been first prize ram lamb at the Great Yorkshire Show and is an Anglezarke Uno son out of a dam by Sportsmans Trojan and sold to a consortium consistig of Kerr Jarvie, Duncryne, Jennifer Lodge, Heyworth Lodge, David McKerrow, Nochnary, Donald Allan, Ballochneck, James Robinson, Kaker Mill.

Also making this price was the best of the day from Robbie Wilson, Milnbank Vantastic. Sired by Strathbogie Untouchable he is out of a Mossknowe Pudsey dam which is also dam of the first prize gimmer at the Highland last year. Selling with an index of 276 he heads to the Arkle flock of George Wilkinson.

Taking the final five figure bid of the day 10,000gns was Crailloch Vinnie from the McColm family, Newton Stewart. Sired by Cambwell Union he is out of a dam by Annan Okay Dokey and sold to Ian Millar, Ballyclare, Northern Ireland.

Two then traded at 8000gns, the first of which was Procters Viscount from Procters Farm under the stewardship of Jeff Aiken. This son of last year’s 11,000gns Lanark champion Tophill Union Jack is out of a dam by Garngour Major and sold with an index of 263 to Keith Jamieson, Annan.

The other at this money was another from the Clark brothers, Garngour Vendetta. Again sired by the 38,000gns Ulsterboy he is out of another Smokey Blue daughter and sold to Eldon Thomas, Wydden, and Robin Ellis, Eglur.

Just shy of that at 7500gns was Michael Leggat’s lamb Foreman Hill Vampire. This Tullagh Saracen son is out of a dam by Glenside Razzle Dazzle and sold in partnership to Bruce Goldie, Goldies, and R H and J A Bell, Teviot.

Another pair then shared the next best tag of 7000gns, with the first of these being Sportsmans Viper from the Boden and Davies partnership. Sired by the 42,000gns Tullylagan Tonka he is out of a Mellor Vale Officer daughter and sold to Craig Ridley, Haltcliffe.

The second to take a 7000gns bid was the well travelled Orrisdale Viking from Pip Kermode and family, Isle of Man. He’s by Knock Trident and had been reserve male champion at the Great Yorkshire. Out of a dam by Tamnamoney Moonshine he sold the Hammond family, Tullylagan, and Martin and Cyril Millar, Mllar's.

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