Thirteen is lucky for Texel breeders in Lanark

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Thirteen deals carried out at or over the 10,000 guinea mark (£10,500) and a strong commercial trade were the highlights of the Texel sheep sale at Lanark market yesterday.

By the end of the nine-hour sale, some 370 ram lambs had been traded at an average of £2,309 compared with 411 selling in 2012 at an average of £2,054.

John Yates. chief executive of the Texel breed society, described the sale as the best he had experienced in his five years with the breed: “We have a lot of new buyers coming in and this is giving us a big boost.”

He added that the sale had attracted buyers from all over the UK and he was pleased to see a bus load of breeders from Ireland. Although they were not actively buying, there were also visitors from Germany, Switzerland and France at the sale. “They are seeing the quality of sheep we are now producing and I am sure they will be buying in the future,” he added.

Top price of the sale was 48,000gns one of four five-figure prices producing an average of more than £16,000 for eight lambs for James Innes, Strathbogie, Huntly.

After some spirited bidding, his top lamb went to a buying trio of Robbie Wilson, North Dorlaithers, Turriff, Alan Blackwood, Auldhouseburn, Muirkirk and Bruce Renwick, Castlecairn, Kelso.

Innes, who started his 50-strong pedigree flock in 2000, then sold to Robin Kellett, Parkhill, Northants for 32,000gns. At 16,000gns, Charlie Boden, of Boden & Davies, Stockport bought the next Strathbogie lamb.

Ensuring he and his shepherd, Michael Leggat, had their best ever sale day, Innes then sold for 10,000gns to Green.

The sale first caught fire when Robbie Wilson, North Dorlaithers, brought his Milnbank pen into the ring. All were by Teiglum Tornado in which he bought a third share last year when Tornado topped the sale at 60,000gns. His top lamb was reserve in the pre-sale show and also topped the performance recorded class. He was snapped up for 40,000gns by Charlie Boden.

Boden later more than recouped his money when his pen of seven lambs averaged £9,870 with three at or over 10,000gns. His topper went for 20,000gns to Stephen Cobbald, Acton Hall. Then at 18,000gns, he sold to a buying trio of Wight of Midlock, Steven Renwick, Blackhouse and Hartside Farms. At 10,000gns, Welsh breeder, Idris Morris, Y Fachell, Caernarfon, bought the third Boden lamb.

Last year the Clark family from Garngour, Lesmahagow, Allan, Andrew and David, topped the sale. Yesterday they again brought forward a pen of very good lambs that topped with a 32,000gn bid. Taking this one home were William McCaffrey, Scholars, Cheshire, Robert Bennett, Plasuscha, Powys and the Ellis family from Kauri, Denbigh.

Brian Buchan, Clinterty, Fraserburgh, sold at 13,000gns, to Nesbit, Alwent, Co Durham and Walker of Calerton.

Lancashire-based breeder David Houghton of the Tophill flock, Bury, took the top spot in the pre-sale show with Tophill Union Jack, who was then sold for 11,000gns to Proctors farm, Slateburn, Lancs.

Best price in the gimmers was a 14,000gns bid for the top from Gordon Gray’s Ettrick flock, Selkirk. She was sold to breed newcomer Gordon Brookes, Earlston. Gimmers averaged out at £1,738 for 57 sold.