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Exceptional Demand at English National Texel Sale

27 August 2014

UK - 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 per cent 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,” he said.

“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.

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