Texel ram lambs met a blistering trade at Lanark on Thursday ( August 23) at the Scottish National Texel Sale, with a top price of 60,000gns and 11 lambs selling for five figure prices and a further 17 lambs trading at 5000gns or more.
Teiglum Tornado - 60,000gns
On top of that the sale saw 42 more lambs sold than last year, with the 411 ram lambs sold averaging £2054.40 and an 80% clearance rate.
Texel Sheep Society chief executive John Yates said the sale had once again proved the Texel breed's overwhelming strength in depth with lambs at the sale appealing to both commercial and pedigree breeders.
"A resounding number of lambs were sold to commercial producers all of whom are seeing premium rewards in the prime ring for Texel cross lambs. This is being reflected in the continued strong demand for top quality Texel tups and is borne out by the trade here at Lanark."
Taking the day's best price of 60,000gns and with it the leading pen average of the sale at £19,257 was the Clark family's Teiglum flock, Carluke. There sale leader was Teiglum Tornado.
This Sportsman’s Scout son is out of a dam by Teiglum Outlaw and has an index of 346. He sold to Robbie Wilson, Milnbank, Messrs Renwick, Castlecairn, Allan Chisholm, Wester Moy, Donald Rankin, Kilmaluag, and Messrs Vernon, Charben.
Trading at the second top call of 42,000gns was the reserve male champion from the pre-sale show and the first prize ram lamb from the open class, Tullylagan Tonka from Philip, Jonathan and Stewart Hammond, Cookstown, Co Tyrone.
Taking this lamb home was Charlie Boden of the Boden and Davies partnership for the Sportsman's flock, Stockport, Cheshire.
Three then sold at 20,000gns, with the first being the overall champion from the pre-sale show, Cairnam Talisman from young breeder Cameron Gauld. This lamb is by Glenside Razzle Dazzle and out of a dam by Glenside Lieutenant which Mr Gauld received as payment when working for Robbie Wilson last year. He was sold in a three way split to show judge Keith Campbell, along with his brothers, Alan and Roy Campbell, Cowal, Procters Farm, Procters and David McKerrow, Nochnary.
The second lamb to sell at this price saw Charlie Boden recoup some of his earlier outlay when taking 20,000gns for Sportsman's Trojan II. This son of Milnbank Special One, a tup bought at Lanark last year, is out of a dam by Tullagh Real Deal and sold in a two way share to Albert and George Howie, Knock, and Kenny Pratt, Hilltop.
A final 20,000gns bid came from a trio of Northern Irish breeders when they bought Knock Travis from Albert and George Howie. This lamb is by Sportsman's Supreme and out of a dam by homebred sire Knock Orion and was bought by Alastair Gault, Forkins, Richard Henderson, Ballynahone, and Richard Strawbridge, Tamnamoney.
A brace of lambs then took 17,000gns bids, with one of these also from the Howies. This was Knock Trojan, another by Sportsman's Supreme out of a dam by Anglezarke Krug and with an index of 384. He sold to Robert Forsyth, Baltier.
The other at this price came earlier in the sale and was another of the much fancied Teiglum pen. This was Teiglum Thunder, a Strathbogie Smokey Blue son out of a dam by Rascarrel Panther. He sold in a three way split to Peter and Lynn Gray, Scrogton, Messrs Wight, Midlock and Douglas Fleming, Burnhead.
Next after that was a 16,000gns bid for the first prize lamb from the Royal Highland, Robbie Wilson’s Milnbank Times Square. This Castlecairn SAS Commander son is out of a dam by Millar’s Outstanding and sold to Charlie Boden, Sportsman’s.
Trading at just 1000gns less was John Llewelyn Owen’s lamb Hen Gapel Thunder, a son of Humeston Rarity out of a dam by Millar’s Outstanding. He sold at 15,000gns to Charles and Isobel Angus, Oldfield and Graham Morrison, Deveronvale.
The penultimate lamb at five figures was William McCaffrey’s second lamb in, Scholars Tiny Tempo which sold at 13,000gns. This one is by Ghyros Rambo and out of a dam by Mellor Vale Masterpiece and is an ET brother to William’s ewe lamb which was reserve breed champion at the Royal Welsh. He sold in a five way split to Messrs MacGregor, Allanfauld, Stuart Barclay, Harestone, Messrs Clark, Garngour and Teiglum and James Currie, Carlinside.
And the last lamb to trade at five figures was Sportmans't Supreme from Messrs Boden and Davies. This son of Milnbank Special One is out of a dam by Baltier Panther and was bought by Peter Woof, Stainton.
Average; 411 ram lambs £2054.40 (Lawrie and Symington).
Other leading prices
9000gns - Mellor Vale The One
8500gns - Cambwell Terminator, Haddo Topgun, Ellen Valley Trojan
8000gns - Teiglum Troy, Haddo Titan
7500gns - Broomknowes Titanic, Hull House True Grit, Knock Thunder, Tamnamoney Tuborg Gold
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