Commercial and pedigree buyers were equally active at this week’s Scottish National Texel Sale, Lanark, with a solid demand throughout the day for the ram lambs on offer.
Texel Sheep Society chief executive John Yates said the sale had been a flying success with members and commercial buyers clearly focussed on investing on the best genetics available to move their flocks forward.
“The atmosphere around the ring today was electric from start to finish, with a desire for well bred, tight skinned lambs capable of producing top drawer pedigree and commercial sheep demanded by the modern sheep industry.
“The breed’s exceptional fleshing and growth rates are unmatched and buyers today have demonstrated that, lifting the sale average by nearly £500 on the year to sit at £2812.24 for 351 ram lambs sold.”
Taking the pick of the trade was Teiglum Younggun from Alan, Andrew and David Clark. This much admired son of the homebred Teiglum Windfall is an ET bred lamb flushed from the family’s show gimmer of this year. His dam, which was interbreed champion at Great Yorkshire and breed champion at the Royal Highland, is by Castlecairn Vavavoom.
This lamb drew plenty of pre-sale attention, with a packed ringside in attendance eager to see him sold. Leading the bidding throughout was a partnership of North West breeders, with half shares taken by Procters Farm and Messrs Boden and Davies for their Procters and Sportsmans flocks, respectively.
Late in the day Brian Buchan enjoyed a flying trade for his pen from the Clinterty flock, taking calls of 60,000gns and 52,000gns and selling four to level at £30,988.
Topping the pen was Clinterty Yuga Khan, a Tophill Wall St son out of a dam by Ettrick Smasher. This lamb sold with an index of 417 and was shared eight ways by Gordon Gray, Ettrick, Robert Cockburn, Knap, the Wight family, Midlock, Messrs Gray, Scrogtonhead, Messrs Blackwood, Auldhouseburn, the Knox family, Haddo, Messrs Arnott, Haymount and James Currie, Carlinside.
Following him at 52,000gns was Clinterty Yogi Bear from the same pen. He’s another by Tophill Wall St and is it out of a dam by Clinterty Par One. He carries an index of 347 and was knocked down to Charlie Boden for the Sportsmans flock.
The Strathbogie pen from Jim Innes was another highly talked about consignment and it proved to be a tremendous sale for the Innes family, selling to a top of 42,000gns and averaging £15,411 for seven sold.
Leading the pen was Strathbogie Your Tupped, a Glenside Wild Boy son out of a dam by Strathbogie Untouchable. Selling in a two-way split he was bought by Keith, Alan and Roy Campbell, Cowal, and Bruce Renwick, Castlecairn.
At 35,000gns from the same pen was Strathbogie Ya Belter, a son of Millar’s Windbrook which stood second at the Highland. He’s out of a dam by Glenside Razzle Dazzle which is sister to the 24,000gns Strathbogie Smoky Blue. He was also shared, being bought by Procters Farm, Procters and Will Davis, Usk Vale.
A 32,000gns bid then followed for Arkle YingYang from George Wilkinson and family. This son of Brackenridge Underdog is out of a dam by Cambwell Rob Roy and sold with an index of 305. He was shared by six breeders, Kenny Pratt, Hilltop, Albert and George Howie, Knock, Brian Buchan, Clinterty, Rodney Blackhall, Sceeoch, Douglas Webster, Lower Reiss and Allan Chisholm, Wester Moy.
Selling at 24,000gns was Midlock Yorkie from the Wight family. This one is by Deveronvale Warrior out of a dam by Teiglum Thunder and sold to Messrs Orr, Halbeath and Wilkinson, Arkle.
Then making 20,000gns was another from the Arkle pen, Arkle You Bet, a Halbeath VIP son out of a dam by Finevalley Triple Crown. This lamb sold with an index of 234 and was bought by Jim Innes for the Strathbogie flock, Aberdeenshire.
At the same money was Knap Yeah Ram from Robert Cockburn. This son of Tamnamoney Ultimate is out of a dam by Baltier Rascal I which was also dam of the 145,000gns Knap Vicious Sid. He went to Archie Hamilton, Smyllum, Kerr Jarvie, Duncryne, Cammie Gauld, Cairnam and James Robinson, Kaker Mill, John Neville, Thornville, Alex Thompson, Kilcoan, John MacGregor, Allanfauld & Liam Dillon, EIRE.
A 16,000gns bid followed that, with this money paid for Sportsmans You’re a Winner from the Boden and Davies team’s pen. This son of Strathbogie Whiplash is out of a dam by the previous Lanark champion Cairnam Talisman and sold to Northern Irish breeder John Leitch for the Cornmore flock with an index of 285.
Then making 15,000gns was Knock Yardsman from Albert and George Howie. This son of Tophill Wall St is out of a dam by Sportmans Supreme and sold with an index of 330 to Andrew Neilson, Brackenridge, the Clark family, Garngour and Robert and William Fleming, Mossknowe.
A little below that at 14,000gns was Claybury Yosemite from the Draper family. This son of Stainton Vantage II is out of a dam by Clinterty Samba I and sold with an index of 384 to Messrs Campbell, Cowal, with a third share taken by David Houghton, Tophill.
Then at 13,000gns was Milnbank Younique from Robbie Wilson, with this Glenside Willy Nilly son being out of a dam by the 60,000gns Teiglum Tornado. He sold to Ruth Mitchcheson, Belsay, Northumberland.
Following along at 12,000gns was another of the Strathbogie lambs, Strathbogie Yolo, a Glenside Wild Boy son out of a dam by Scholars Twenty Twelve and bought in a six way split between Archie Hamilton, Smyllum,
N Woodmass, Harene , R Roddan, Dashwell, G Pyman, Thacka, A Mawson, Midcombe & D Jarman, Stow beck
Another 12,000gns call followed for Knap Yorkie, a lamb sired by Tamnamoney Ultimate and out of the same Baltier Rascal dam as the 20,000gns Knap Yeah Ram and the 145,000gns Knap Viscious Sid. He found a new home with Messrs Galloway, Clantibuies and James Hair, Drumbreddan.
Just shy of that at 11,000gns was Strathbogie Yabba Dabba Doo, another by Wild Boy and out of a Strathbogie Terminator daughter. Buying this one were Messrs McLaughan, Greene and Docherty.
Then selling at 9000gns was Roger Strawbridge’s Tamnamoney Young Willie McBride, a Knap Wot a Nut son out of a dam by Knock Travis. He sold to John Mellin, Hull House.
And getting away at 8000gns was Fourdafourie Young Star from Sandy Lee. This Fachell Victor son is out of a dam by Douganhill McFly and was bought by Messrs Clark, Garngour and Teiglum.
At the same money was Tophill Yankee Boy from David Houghton, with this Tophill Wall St son being out of a dam by Tamnamoney Rob Roy and selling in a shared deal to Richard Henderson, Ballynahone, Alastair Gault, Forkins, Paul O’Connor, Drumgooland, Roger Strawbridge, Tamnamoney and Sam McAuley, Whitepark.
Other leading prices
7500gns - Ballynahone Yorkie from Richard Henderson to Messrs Coubrough, Hartside and Campbell, Strawfank.
7000gns - Loosebeare Yahoo from Messrs Quick to Messrs Hartwright, Whitehart.
7000gns - Stainton You Bet from Peter Woof to Messrs Howie, Knock, and Sandy Lee, Fordafourie.
7000gns - Arkle Yahoo from Messrs Wilkinson to Carl Henry-Bellas.
7000gns - Sportsmans Yaya from Charlie Boden to Mark Paterson, Alderview.
6500gns - Sportsmans Yogi Bear to Henry Gamble, Springwell, A Irwin, Hogstown, Messrs Wilson, Blackstown, Barclay Bell, Kiltarriff and David Warwick, Braehead.
6500gns - Cowal Yogie Bear from Messrs Campbell to Martin Warnock, Straidarran and Michael Smythe, Foyleview.
6500gns - Scholars Young Gun from William McCaffrey to Keith Hourston, Didcot.
6000gns - Tullagh Yandel from John and Richard Currie to Messrs Kermode, Orrisdale.
6000gns - Sportsmans Yahoo from Charlie Boden to Ben Baggot.
6000gns - Fairywater Yellowstone from Andrew Fyffe to Messrs Stewart.
6000gns - Tullylagan Yukon Gold from Messrs Hammond to Ryan Brolly, Faughanvale.
6000gns - Garngour Yeltsin from Messrs Clark to Messrs MacGregor, Allanfauld and Messrs MacGregor, Dyke.
Average; 351 lambs £2812.24 (Lawrie and Symington).
A Yorkshire-bred gimmer which had stood third at this year’s Great Yorkshire Show and stood reserve female champion in the pre-sale show stole the limelight in the gimmer sale at Lanark when selling for 13,000gns.
This one, from the Mellin family’s Hull House flock, Hellifield, Skipton, led the trade on an evening which saw a packed ringside compete eagerly for the best of the gimmers on offer. She is by Garngour Vodka and is out of a dam by Sportsmans Terrific II.
ET bred, this gimmer MJH1504937, was subject to a good degree of pre-sale speculation and bidding was frenetic with a number of leading breeders in the running for her and the eventual buyer being Hugh and Alan Blackwood, Auldhouseburn.
Second best of the sale was a 6500gns for Robert Bennett’s pre-sale female champion and reserve overall champion, BFE1505078, is by the homebred Plasucha Va Va Voom and is out of a Connachan Sharky-sired dam. Selling with an index of 324 she went home with Robbie Scott, Drumpark.
Northern Irish breeder Brian Hanthorn then took 4200gns for his substitute gimmer which stood fifth in the pre-sale show. She is by Garngour Upperclass and out of a dam by the homebred Mullan Supremacy. This one, HBN1501199, was bought by Messrs Ellis for the Cressage flock.
Following her at 4000gns was James Robinson’s gimmer, RBO1500105, from his Kaker Mill flock. Sired by Stainton Vigilante and out of a dam by Hilltop Predator she sold to Messrs Hepworth.
And then making 3500gns was one of the last gimmers through the ring, Matthew MacTaggart and family’s MTR1500747. Sired by Strathbogie Usher, she is out of a dam by Fairywater Samerai and sold to Robert Jones, for the Dromonby flock, Winston, Darlington.
After that came a 2300gns call for the second from Robert Bennett, BFE1505037. This daughter of the homebred Plasucha Valentine is out of another Connachan Sharky dam and sold to Stephen Cobbold, Suffolk.
A 2000gns call then secured the second from the Hull House pen, MJH1504915. She is another by Garngour Vodka and out of a dam by Castleknowe Matchmaker. She was knocked down to Stewart Ferris, Dromore, Co Down.
Average; 68 gimmers £1328.56 (Lawrie and Symington).
Northern Irish breeders were to the fore in the pre-sale show at the Scottish National Sale, Lanark, with both the male and overall championship and the reserve male championship taken by lambs from the province.
Claiming top spot were John and Richard Currie with Tullagh Yandel, a Milnbank Womaniser son out of a dam by Gruig Outlaw.
Judge Bruce Renwick then tapped out his female champion, the Bennett family’s gimmer, BFE1505078, as his reserve overall champion, with this one having taken the female championship a little earlier.
Standing reserve male champion was the leader from the performance recorded ram lamb class, Millar’s Yankee from Cyril and Martin Millar. This one, also bred in Northern Ireland, is by Halbeath Victorious and is out of a Stainton Real McCoy daughter.
Reserve in the female championship was the second prize gimmer from John Mellin and family, MJH1504937. She’s by Garngour Vodka and is out of a dam by Sportsmans Terrific II.
1 – Messrs Bennett’s BFE1505078
2 – John Mellin’s MJH1504937
3 – Ryan Bradley’s BYK1500169
4 – Robert Pierce’s PRE1500586
5 – Brian Hanthorn’s HBN1501199
1 – Harry Griffies’ Cairngryffe Wolverine
2 – Hugh Jackson’s Boat Wonder Boy
Novice Breeders Ram Lambs
1 – Patrick Donnelly’s Donrho Yokel
2 – Charlotte and James Nicolson’s Knockem Yabba Dabba Doo
3 – Michael Mennie’s Westside Yukon Gold
4 – Andrew Renwick’s Blackhouse Yogi
5 – Lisa Jayne Timmis’ Lisa’s Texels Your Highness
Open Ram Lambs
PRT Ram Lambs
1 – Messrs Millar’s Millar’s Yankee
2 – Claybury Texels’ Claybury Yosemite
3 – Procters Farm’s Procters Yeah Man
4 – J D Houghton’s Tophill Yamamoto
5 – K, A and R Campbell’s Yogi Bear
Group of Three
1 – Messrs Innes
2 – James Miller
3 – Richard Henderson
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