Averages and Clearance Up at Northern Area Sale
The Northern Texel Breeders Club sale at Skipton saw a strong trade for sheep destined for both the pedigree and commercial markets, with tups selling to 3400gns and females reaching 3000gns.
The sale saw a bumper clearance rate too, with 90% of the 452 sheep forward finding new homes and averages rose on last year to boot.
“It was one of the best shows and sales we have ever had and everyone seemed well satisfied,” said Northern Area chairman Steve Richardson, Barnsley.
Moor Top Star - 3400gns
The undoubted star of the show in terms of price was Moor Top Star, from local breeder David Towell’s celebrated flock at Upper Leys Farm, Glusburn Moor, Keighley.
The home-bred March, 2011-born son of Moor Top Predator, by Moor Top Nebulus, out of a 1200gns Claybury ewe by Garngour Nijinsky, is already a proven performer, having produced long bare skinned lambs with notable shape.
The Skipton top price found a new home in Berwick-upon-Tweed with Robert Bradbury, of Blackheddon Farm, and will be put to good use on the 100 flock ewes run by the commercial breeder.
Mr Towell’s standout pen of eight shearling rams also led the flock averages when selling at £1,430.63 per head.
Beautry Ewe - Top price female - 3000gns
The 3000gns top price 2012 female was the third prize shearling ewe from Stuart Currie’s Beautry flock at Rathmell, Settle.
The February, 2011-born daughter of Procters Oswald, acquired as a lamb five years ago, out of a Mullan Magnificent-sired flock ewe, created keen interest at the ringside, before falling to Warren Farms, Cleckheaton, Bradford.
Supreme Champion - Deneside Thunder
The supreme championship fell for the first time to the first prize ram lamb and male champion from the Deneside flock of County Durham’s David Nesbitt, Winston, Darlington.
Mr Nesbitt, who has been showing at the annual fixture for several years, took top honours for the first time with Deneside Thunder, a February-born son of Allanfauld Rockafella, acquired in partnership with fellow Texel breeders Steve and Sherry Richardson, Jennifer Lodge and Robert Laird. He has already produced lambs to 9500gns.
Out of one of Mr Nesbitt’s top breeding ewes, a classy daughter of Haddo Kingpin, the title winner sold for 2400gns to the Manderlea flock of William, Mark and Helen Keighley, Leathley, Otley. The Keighleys themselves sold eight shearling ewes to average £770.43 and eight shearling rams at an average of £945.
Among the sire’s first crop of gimmer lambs, the Skipton runner-up, out of an ewe by the 10,000gns Knock Orion, bought jointly by Mr Houghton and Anglezarke Texels from Aberdeenshire breeders George and Albert Howie, sold for 2100gns to Sid Walmsley and Partners, Haverah Park, Harrogate. Mr Houghton sold six shearling ewes in total to average £866.25.