Demand for the very best Texel genetics was as electric as ever at Saturday’s Christmas Stars sale of in-lamb females at Carlisle, with trade peaking at 14,000gns and a number of four figure sales.
Heading up the prices was a gimmer from Jim Innes’ Strathbogie flock in the form of IJS1300278. This Scholars Twenty Twelve daughter is out of a Glenside Razzle Dazzle daughter and sold in lamb to the 52,000gns Mullan Vivaldi, himself a son of the 2014 sire of the year Oberstown Usain Bolt. Buyer was Graham Morrison for his Aberdeenshire-based Deveronvale flock.
Second best at 9000gns was the first gimmer from Keith, Alan and Roy Campbell’s Cowal pen. This daughter of the 2012 Lanark champion Cairnam Talisman carries Kelso Pavarotti and Muiresk Northern Dancer through her mother’s pedigree and her dam is full sister to Cowal Rob Roy II, Sportsmans Supreme and Cowal Scottish Star. She sold in lamb to the 145,000gns Knap Vicious Sid and was knocked down to Boden and Davies, Cheshire, for their Sportsmans flock.
Recouping some of the earlier spend when selling at 6500gns were Messrs Boden and Davies. Their pen topper was a gimmer from the Sportsmans flock, BGS1300870. This one is a daughter of the 42,000gns Tullylagan Tonka out of a Milnbank Special One bred mother. Also selling in lamb to Knap Vicious Sid she was knocked down to Edward Pugh of the Glanllyn flock.
A substitute entry from Robbie Wilson’s Milnbank flock was the next highest seller when going at 6000gns. This was LYM1301128, a daughter of the 60,000gns Teiglum Tornado out of a dam line which includes Glenside Razzle Dazzle and Strathbogie Python. She sold in lamb to the 42,000gns purchase Glenside Valhalla and heads to Aberdeenshire with C G Paterson, Huntly.
Also making 6000gns was another entry from the Cowal flock, CKC1303056. This Cambwell Socrates daughter is out of a Muiresk Northern Dancer daughter which was a second prize winner at the Royal Highland Show in 2011. Again sold in lamb to Knap Vicious Sid, she found a new home with Richard Wilson for his Eden Valley flock.
Another from Strathbogie then traded at 5000gns, with this being IJS1300299, an ET bred daughter of Strathbogie Terminator out of a dam by Annan Limmy. Sold in-lamb to the 52,000gns Mullan Vivaldi she heads to Northumberland with R I Henderson, Broomley.
Then at 4800gns was a Sportmans gimmer from Messrs Boden and Davies, with this being BGS1300782, a Milnbank Times Square daughter out of a dam by Hen Gapel Royal Gold. She sold carrying to Procters Ventura and was knocked down to Henry Ashley, Boston, Lincolnshire.
Following her at 4600gns was another from the same pen, this time a Mellor Vale entry from Charlie Boden’s own flock. This was BCM1300195, an ET bred daughter of Tullylagan Tonka out of a dam by the noted Baltier Panther. She is in-lamb to Knap Vicious Sid and was bought by David McKerrow, Freuchie, Cupar.
A pair from Mellor Vale then followed at 4500gns, with the first being BCM1300191, a Tullylagan Tonka daughter exactly the same way bred as the 4600gns gimmer. Again in lamb to Vicious Sid she was the choice of M Ellis, Cressage, Shropshire.
The other at this price was BCM1300230. Again ET bred she is by Milnbank Times Square and is out of a dam by Glenside Legacy which is also dam of the noted sire Mellor Vale Officer. This one sold to Ben Baggott Farms, Little Haywood, Stafford.
Robbie Wilson was back in the money at 4400gns when selling a Milnbank gimmer by Teiglum Tornado. This was LYM1301098 a gimmer out of a dam by Castlecairn Provost and in-lamb to Glenside Valhalla. She was bought by R Wilson and Sons, Appleby-in-Westmorland.
And three then followed at 4000gns, with the first being a Sportsmans gimmer by Tullylagan Tonka. This was BGS1300923, an ET bred entry out of a dam by Hen Gapel Royal Gold. She is in-lamb to Vicious Sid and sold to J Winter, Appleby-in-Westmorland.
The second at this price was a Strathbogie entry, IJS1300223. Sired by Scholars Twenty Twelve she is out of a dam by Glenside Razzle Dazzle and sold in-lamb to Mullan Vivaldi. Buying her was Northumberland-based R I Henderson, Stocksfield.
And the final call at this level came for a Cowal gimmer from the Campbell family. This was CKC1302915, a Tullylagan Tonka daughter out of a dam by Blackstown Linesman 1 and in-lamb to Cowal Vital Spark II. She was sold to Robert Evans, Hope Valley, Shrewsbury.
Averages: Castlecairn 13 gimmers £1162.27, Milnbank 13 gimmers £1767.23, Sportsmans and Mellor Vale 13 gimmers £3610.38, Clinterty seven gimmers £550.50, Strathbogie 12 gimmers £3482.50, Cowal eight gimmers £3635.63, Annan five gimmers £714, Knap 10 gimmers £1506.75, Fordafourie five gimmers £525, Deveronvale nine gimmers £1697.50 (Harrison and Hetherington).