This week’s English National Sale, Worcester, saw trade hit a high of 10,000gns and both pedigree and commercial buyers in bidding mood as they sought out the best available genetics for this year’s tupping season.
Texel Society chief executive John Yates said it was clear that demand for quality Texel sires was as strong as ever and buyers had bid strongly for the best of the sheep on offer.
“Despite the prime lamb trade struggling it was the resolute bidding of commercial buyers which underpinned the sale once again and resulted in strong clearances and averages in all sections.”Texel Society chief executive John Yates
“Despite the prime lamb trade struggling it was the resolute bidding of commercial buyers which underpinned the sale once again and resulted in strong clearances and averages in all sections.
“Averages for both ram lambs and shearling ewes rose on the year, with the shearling ewe average settling at £873.66, nearly £120 up on 2014 and more than £250 up on 2013. Meanwhile, the ram lamb average leveled at £936.76, a rise of £34 on the year and more than £70 up on two years previously.”
Taking the sale’s top call of 10,000gns was the reserve male champion from the pre-sale show, Ellen Valley Warlord from George Wilkinson. Sired by Milnbank Vantastic and out of a Teiglum Topper sired dam he sold with an index of 352 and was the choice of Gordon Gray, Ettrick, Messrs Knox, Haddo, and Stephen Cobbald, Acton.
Next best at 5000gns was the first prize winner from the YDP class in the pre-sale show, Usk Vale War-Lord from Usk Vale Poultry. This son of the 42,000gns Glenside Valhalla is out of a Knock Travis dam which was bred by Alastair Gault and was champion at Balmoral last year before being bought for £15,000. He sold to Paul O’Connor, Drumgooland.
Close behind that at 4900gns was Eden Valley Wild West from Richard Wilson. This son of the 2014 sire of the year Oberstown Usain Bolt is out of a dam by Sportsmans Tremendous II and was male champion and reserve overall champion in the pre-sale show. He sold to Robert Evans, Hope Valley.
John Forsyth then took 3500gns for Glenside Whistle Blower, a son of the 85,000gns Cornmore Velvet Jacket out of a dam by Strathbogie Python. This one sold to the Lawrence family for their Coton flock, Market Bosworth.
After that came a 3200gns bid for Ettrick William Wallace from Gordon Gray, with this one sired by Castlecairn Vital Spark and out of a dam by Glenside Ring A Ding. He traded with an index of 427 and was knocked down to D and J A Stewart, Ferney Lees.
Making 3100gns was Vorn Waterloo from John Vaughan, with this Vorn Vaurus son being out of a dam by Avon Vale Real Deal and sold to with an index of 484. This one sold to an undisclosed buyer.
Nicola Hartwright then sold Whitehart Wanted at 2800gns, with this one being by Loosebeare Voomer and out of a dam by Humeston River Dance. He was bought by G H and G G Wilkinson, Arkle.
Selling for 2600gns was Jim Innes Strathbogie Whopper, a son of the 52,000gns Mullan Vivaldi out of a dam by Millar’s Outstanding. This one sold in a two-way split to Steve and Helen Smith, Pen Parc, and new breeder Paul Delves, Welshpool.
And John Leitch then took 2500gns for Cornmore Water Mist, a full brother to the 85.000gns Cornmore Velvet Jacket from last year. Sired by Tullylagan Tonka he is out of a dam by Sheeoch Ringmaster and sold to David and Thomas Bradley-Farmer and Luke Lodge.
Early in the day Stuart Currie took 2300gns for Beautry Warwick, a son of Loosebeare Voldemort out of a dam by Sportsmans Pasternak. He sold to D R and E A Jones, The Bage, Hereford.
After that at 2050gns was Alwent Waterloo from the Nesbitt family. This son of Brackenridge Underdog is out of a dam by Goldies Supreme and sold with an index of 439 and was claimed by T C and R L Adams, Vale of Glamorgan.
And a 2000gns call then secured Charben Wolf from Ben Vernon. This son of the homebred sire Charben Vieira is out of a dam by Mossknowe Pudsey and sold to R and B James, Fishguard.
Average; 167 ram lambs £936.76
Shearling rams sold to a high of 2100gns for Kimbolton Valiant from Paul Phillips. This son of Wallington Special Brew is out of a dam by Drinkstone Oh Just So and sold with an index of 459. He was bought by Stephen Cobbald, Sudbury.
Then at 2060gns was Slapton Vaderstad from Barbara Smith and family, with this son of Scolton Top Spec being out of a dam by Lyonshall Lotus and selling to R C Burrough and Son, Membury.
Following him at 1540gns was Tumble Tye Colt from the Warnock family, Dover. He’s by Whitehart Supersonic and out of a dam by Tumble Tye Pan Pipes. This one was knocked down to P J Evans, Brecon.
And at 1500gns was Philip Weaver’s shearling, Empire Venom. Sired by Brijohn Ralph he’s out of a dam by the same sire and has an index of 244. Buying this one were C P Prouse and Son, Week St Mary, Devon.
Average; 64 shearling rams £748.13 (McCartneys).