Quality Counts At Texel Sale
Top quality sheep were in demand at Chelford's Pedigree Texel sale last Saturday and, following the trend seen in the commercial sale ring recently, there was wide variation between prices for top quality and those considered to be of lesser type. Quality females appealing to pedigree breeders attracted plenty of attention, and breeding rams, of a conformation and type appealing to commercial producers, sold readily throughout the sale, but plainer sheep were more difficult to move on.
The sale was topped at 1650 gns by an outstanding shearling gimmer from the Ettrick flock of the Firm of G Gray, regular supporters of the Chelford Texel sale. This substitute entry by Plasucha Tiger and out of a ewe by Clynnog Joe Tex stood second in the shearling ewe class, and after keen bidding from a number of breeders, was taken home by David and Matthew Prince for their Hightecs flock, based near Chesterfield.
Gordon and David Gray once again produced an excellent pen of gimmers selling another daughter of Plasucha Tiger, an embryo sister to the top priced sheep, and a Knock Topaz daughter, out of a ewe by Annan Manitou, for 900 gns and 850 gns respectively, both also going home with Messrs Prince.
North West Texel Club Chairman Peter Woof also showed an excellent pen of gimmers from his Stainton flock, peaking at 1050 gns for a daughter of Sportsmans Tremendous, out of a Cambwell
Strong, fit shearling rams, ready to work, were eagerly sought by a number of commercial lamb producers peaking at 800 gns for the best of a pen from serial show winner Frank Rushton, Matlock, Derbyshire. This Charben Trojan son out a ewe by
Thinacres Nugget had been Interbreed Champion at Cheshire Show and made 800 gns to R Kirby, Northallerton, Yorkshire, who was also in for another Fresh Fields shearling ram, this time by Mellor Vale Torpedo, at 740 gns, whilst D Hague of Alderley Edge, Cheshire also paid the same price for a Strathbogie Thunder son from Frank Rushton.
The Show Championship was awarded by Judge Ryan Bradley to a shearling ram from the Okehall flock of young breeder Michael Turner, Ashbourne, Derbyshire. This Tullagh Trojan son, out of a ewe by Kingsland Royal Duty also sold at 740 gns sold to P Sykes, Huddersfield.
The Ettrrick flock also provided the top priced ram lamb, when a Sportsmans Unimog son out of a ewe by Glenside Forsyth made 520 gns to C Fox, Barthomley, Crewe, with the best of a pen from the Anglezarke flock of Stephen and Janet Symes, a Knock Trident son out of a ewe by Knock Orion, making 500 gns to M & L Gibson, Nantwich.
Shearling Rams £596.75
Ram Lambs £305.12
Shearling Ewes £481.60
Ewe Lambs £150.00
The sale also saw a major reduction sale, virtually a dispersal, of the Tushingham flock on behalf of Frank Griffies. Established in 1980, the flock had been tightly bred and achieved tremendous success at regional shows over many years peaking when Pledge Lace was sold for 5,500 gns at Scottish National Sale.
Breeders from a wide area supported the sale, driving prices to 750 gns for a shearling gimmer from the Tara family, sired by Gyrhos Rambo out of a Teiglum Pledge sired ewe, and full sister to the second placed ewe lamb at the recent Royal Welsh Show. She was purchased by Messrs Pilkington Farmers, Hartington, Derbyshire. Another
gimmer from the Cindy family, this time by Knock Tarzan and out of a ewe by Haddo Odds On, made 540 gns to Phillip Melland, Staffordshire.
Ram lambs sold for 300 gns for a Skiddaw Magic son out of a ewe by Mellor Vale Masterpiece selling to W Roberts, Llanwrst. A selection of older ewes, many of which had flushed successfully made to 280 gns for the second crop Tushingham Cindy, by Tushingham Rolex out of a ewe by Haddo Odds On, being purchased by N & T Blackham, Market Drayton.
A selection of embryos out of Tushingham ewes by noted rams made up to 105 gns for embryos by Gyrhos Rambo out of a Tushingham Lace ewe by Mellor Vale Masterpiece, the 20 embryos on offer averaging £78.49.
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