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Pickervance Top Pick at Skipton Texel Females Sale
06/12/07

A strong, in-depth shearling gimmer class caught the eye at the Northern Area Texel Sheep Breeders’ 15th annual winter sale of pedigree females at Skipton Auction Mart. (Sat, Dec 1)

David Pickervance, left, with his
Skipton Texel pedigree female champion,
joined by judge Luke Lodge.

Texel pedigree female champion

A first-ever championship success at the popular fixture was achieved by Red Rose breeder David Pickervance, of Breworth Fold Farm, Brindle, Chorley, with a home-bred in-lamb shearling ewe that returned to Lancashire when bought for the day’s top price of 680 guineas by Alec Steff, of Burnley.

The February, 2006, victor, Brindle PBD06018, is by Grougfoot Investment II, a regular producer of show champions, out of a Thinacres Captain-sired dam. She is in lamb to Watchknowe Noval, a product of Foundry Murphy’s Law.

Just missing out on an unprecedented third successive Skipton championship coup were Wharfedale husband-and-wife Texel breeders Mark and Helen Keighley, of Manderlea Farm, Leathley, Otley.

Successful in both 2005 and 2006, the Keighleys had to settle for the runners-up berth this time around with an in-lamb March-born shearling ewe Manderlea KAM06108, which sold for 300 guineas to T Pateman, of Brompton-by-Sawdon, Scarborough.

The home-bred reserve champion is by Hellifield-based John Mellin’s Hull House Klooney, out of a dam by Annan Goldsmith, the 2000 Lanark champion, while her grand dam’s sire Skirbeck Verdict was one of the best gimmer lambs at the Skirbeck dispersal sale in the early 1990s. The runner-up is due to Gib Farm Motorolo, by Stainton Instructor.

Judge Luke Lodge, of Moss, Doncaster, was impressed by the strong show of shearlings and said he had found it difficult to choose between the two frontrunners.

The Keighleys’ Manderlea flock had an extremely productive day overall, also being responsible for the third prize shearling ewe, a one-two-three in the gimmer lambs class and first and second prizes in the senior in-lamb ewes section.

The second prize senior ewe achieved top price in class when bought for 250 guineas by David Mellin, of Black Lane Ends, Colne, while the top-priced ewe lamb at 100 guineas went to Nick Dalby, of Hartwith, Harrogate, buying on behalf of his son David.

While not participating in the show classes, Edward Taylor, of Broughton, presented a strong pen, which sold to a top price of 540 guineas for an in-lamb shearling ewe secured by Thomas Carlisle, of Cracoe.

Shearling ewes averaged £170, two-shear ewes £100, three-shear £157, four-shear £132 and ewe lambs £100.

The day also featured a festive auction sale of 129 pieces of Border Fine Art, Beswick and other ornaments and gifts, with keen interest at a packed ringside from both serious collectors and Christmas gift hunters.

Texel pedigree females results: Ewes – 1 & 2 M & H Keighley, Leathley, 3 H & J Priestley, Ormskirk. Shearling ewes – 1 D Pickervance, Brindle, 2 & 3 - M & H Keighley. Ewe lambs – 1, 2 & 3 M & H Keighley.

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