TEXEL breeders were in spending mood at the breed’s Scottish National Sale, Lanark, on Thursday, August 26, with the sale seeing a top price of 100,000gns, four ram lambs selling at more than 50,000gns and a total of 23 lambs trading at five figure prices.
And this year’s trade followed the form of previous years, with lambs by last year’s record priced Sportsmans Double Diamond am-ong many of the top sellers and a host of other top priced sires in the back pedigrees of several leading lots.
On a day which saw 290 ram lambs average £3,818.20, a total of 15 sons of Double Diamond levelled the day at £20,804, with grandsons of the 2019 Lanark leader, Garngour Craftsman, dominating the trade.
Taking the day’s leading call at 100,000gns was Auldhouseburn Expression from Hugh and Alan Blackwood, Muirkirk, Ayrshire.
Sired by last year’s world record setting sale topper, the 350,000gns Sportsmans Double Diamond, this
lamb is out of a dam by the 130,000gns Rhaeadr Best of the Best. His dam’s sister sold for 40,000gns, while the dam was sold for 13,000gns last year.
This one was subject to a flurry of bids from around the sale ring before being knocked down to Oxfordshire-based James Theyer for his Clanfield flock, with the Blackwoods retaining a half share in him.
Second best at 80,000gns and sharing a sire with the sale leader was Procters El Presidente from Procters Farm, Lancashire, under the management of Jeff Aiken. This one, by Double Diamond, is out of a dam by the 100,000gns Sportsmans Batman and sold with an index in the top one per cent of the breed. Buying this one in a two-way split were Messrs Boden and Davies, Sportsmans, and Stuart Barclay, Harestone, Cheshire and Aberdeenshire, respectively.
And the Boden family recouped their expenditure when taking 75,000gns for Sportsmans Express. Sired by Castlecairn Doodlebug, he is out of 2020-born ewe lamb by Garngour Craftsman and shares a maternal grand dam with Double Diamond. Selling with an index in the top one per cent of the breed, he was shared by Keith, Alan and Roy Campbell, Cowal, Argyll, and
Robert Bennett, Plasucha, Welsh-pool.
Following him at 52,000gns was another from the Procters pen, Procters Eureka.
Another by the 350,000gns Double Diamond, he is out of a Sportsmans Batman-sired dam which is from the dame family as a 14,000gns gimmer and the 12,000gns Procters Cheeky Mon-key. He sold in a two-way share to Northern Irish breeders Alistair Gault, Forkins, and Mark Priestley, Seaforde, and has an index in the top one per cent of the breed.
Then making 38,000gns was Cressage Enforcer from Matthew Ellis, Shropshire. This son of Mellor Vale Dakota is out of a dam by Hexel Beast from the East and has an index in the top 25 per cent of the breed. Buying this one for the Hilltop flock, Aberdeenshire, was Kenny Pratt, with shares taken by Jim Innes, Strathbogie, also Aberdeenshire, and Willy Davis, Usk Vale, Monmouth.
Gordon Gray’s Ettrick pen was a hive of activity, with buyers eager to secure lambs.
Top here was 26,000gns for the reserve champion from the pre-sale show Ettrick Earthquake.
This son of Hope Valley Dazzler is out of a dam by the privately purchased Midcombe Brigadier and sold with an index in the top five per cent of the breed. He was knocked down to a syndicate of Alan Clark, Garngour, Dy Clark, Clarks, David McKerrow, Nochnary, Brian Buchan, Clinterty, and Messrs Teward, New View.
A 24,000gns call then secured one of the earlier lots of the day, New View Electrifying from the Teward family, Darlington. This Sportsmand Double Diamond son
is out of a dam by Teiglum Braveheart. He sold to Gordon Gray for the Ettrick flock and Robert Cockburn for his Knap flock.
Myfyr Evans then took the same money for his best of the day, Rhaeadr Entrepreneur, with this son of Sportsmans Dare Devil being out of a dam by Teiglum Youngun and selling to Jack Arnott, Haymount, and Donald and Sarah MacPherson, Hexel.
Two then traded at 22,000gns, with the first being Haymount Eye of the Beholder from Jack Arnott. This son of Sportsmans Dirty Harry is out of a dam by Clinterty Yuga Khan and sold back to his sire’s breeder, Charlie Boden, Sportmans, and a share taken by Danny Sawrij, Kedzlie Farm.
Second at this level was Knock Eastwood from Albert and George Howie, Peterhead.
This son of Castlecairn Diamond Vision is out of a Knock Banker daughter and was taken by Andrew Clark, Teiglum, and the Wight family, Midlock.
Close behind at 20,000gns was
Willy Davis’ best of the day, Usk Vale Eddie. He’s by Teiglum Cinnamon and out of a dam by Sportsmans A Star and sold to Eammon Vaughan for the Partridge Nest flock, Staffordshire.
An 18,000gns call late in the sale secured Gary Beacom’s best of the day, Lakeview Earn Your Keep, who certainly lived up to his name.
Sired by Castlecairn Doodlebug, he is out of a dam by Arkle Awesome and went in a four-way split to Kenny Pratt, Hilltop, Thomas Muirhead, Ochilmore, Robert Cockburn, Knap, and Willy Davis, Usk Vale.
Average; 290 ram lambs £3818.20.