Saturday’s Welsh National Texel Sale, Welshpool, saw buyers in eager mood, with a flying demand for ram lambs reflected in the 82% clearance achieved and a top call of 6200gns, a new breed centre record.
Leading the prices at 6200gns was the male champion and reserve overall champion from the pre-sale show, Richard Wilson’s Eden Valley Whizz Kid.
This son of the 11,000gns sire Sportsmans Tremendous II is out of a dam by the breed record holding 220,000gns Deveronvale Perfection. Selling with an index of 289 he was bought by Will and Liz McCaffrey for the Scholars flock, Malpas.
Second best call of the sale was a 3100gns for Robert Cockburn’s Knap Waverly. This second prize winner is by Tamnamoney Tuborg Gold and out of a Baltier Rascal sired dam. He sold to G W Williams, Llanrwst, Conwy.
Then at 1700gns was Ben Vernon’s Tullylagan Tonka son Charben Winne. His dam is a Castlecairn SAS Commander daughter that is maternal sister to Milnbank Special One. Buying him was Roy Hughes, Trefonen, Oswestry.
After that came a 1400gns call for Kimbolton White Knight from Paul Philips and family. He is by Kimbolton Va Va Voom and out of a 1200gns Tweed bred dam by East Middle Regardez Moi and sold to Duncan MacNiven, Glenfarg, Perth.
Racecourse Welsh National from M and S Jones then made 1350gns when selling to I B Davies, Talsarn, Ceredigion. This fourth prize winner from the pre-sale show is by Sportsmans United III and out of a dam by Glenside Sexpistol.
Boden and Davies’ Sportsmans Wana Be then took a 1050gns call when selling to Llanllwyda, Gwynedd. He is a son of the 145,000gns Knap Vicious Sid is out of a Tullylagan Tonka sired dam that also bred the 6000gns Vincent.
Selling at the same money was Millend Wizard from Russell Watkins and family, with this Clun Sheriff son being out of a Lochar Powerhouse daughter. He found a new home with
Taking the first of three 1000gns calls was Procters Washington from Procters Farm. This son of the £35,000gns Scrogtonhead U Stoater is out of a dam by Scholars Twenty Twelve and sold to an undisclosed buyer.
And also at 1000gns was John Vaughan’s substitute lamb Vorn Walrus selling to P L Howells, Llanwenog, Dyfed. He is by Vorn Vaurus and out of an Avon Vale Real Deal daughter.
The reserve male champion, Sportsmans Wilson was then the final lamb at 1000gns, with this one from the Boden and Davies team being by Knap Vicious Sid and out of a Clougher President dam. Buying this one was G Deakins, Knighton, Powys.
Leading shearling ram trade was the first prize entry from Cefyn Pryce at 3200gns. This was PEC1400318, a son of Caereinion U R The One and out of a Caereinion Number One sired dam. He was purchased by Richard Lewis, Karven, Haverford West.
Making 2800gns was the third prize shearling ram, Wollascott Vermount from Messrs S P and C P Williams and selling to an undisclosed buyer. He is by Cooilingel Thor and out of a Ballaglonney Dan Dare sired dam.
The Quick family’s Loosebeare pen sold to a top of 1600gns for Loosebeare Visionary, a Loosebeare Rebel son out of a dam by Loosebeare Knight Rider that was interbreed champion at Devon Country and Cornwall Shows. Buying him were Messrs Forrester, Whitchurch.
Meanwhile, Messrs Lewis, Leebotwood, Shropshire, paid 1500gns for Loosebeare Viscount II, a Whitehart Spot On son out of a Bettonfield Janitor sired dam.
Trade for shearling ewes was again tremendous, as seen at both the Northern Irish and Scottish National sales in recent days, with the entry achieving an 87% clearance rate.
Leading prices at 5500gns was Robert Pierce’s overall champion PRE1400362 from the Oldford flock, Chester. This Sportsmans Tremendous II daughter is out of a Mullan Supremacy sired dam. She was purchased by Richard Lewis for Codd and Lewis, Treffgarne, Havorfordwest.
Second best at 4400gns was the Reed family’s fifth prize winner from the pre-sale show RWS1400619 from the Scolton flock. She is sired by Whitehart Ultra and is out of a dam by Caereinion Rocket. She sold to an undisclosed buyer.
Gordon Gray’s third prize gimmer GGH1404218 then sold away at 2000gns to R Darlington, Hulme End, Buxton. She is by Baltier Thunderbird and out of an Ettrick Rob Roy daughter and from the same family at the Great Yorkshire Show 2015 female champion.
And making 1500gns was Just before that at 1500gns was Peter Woof’s second prize winner WPS1400581. Sired by Sportsmans Tremendous II she is out of a Fachell On Approval sired dam. She was purchased by W B Phillips, Ledbury, Herefordshire.
Averages; 108 ram lambs £623.78, 27 shearling rams £1079.17, 84 shearling ewes £638.13.