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Skipton Texel Rams Peak at 3,400gns

A top call of 3,400gns fell to a shearling ram from Kirklees husband and wife Simon and Audrey Taylor, at the 33rd annual two-day show and sale of pedigree rams and females staged by Northern Area Texel Sheep Breeders Association at Skipton Auction Mart. (Sept 18 & 19)

Mr & Mrs Taylor run the Dearne House flock in Cumberworth, near Huddersfield. Their February, 2013-born Dearne House Undercover is by Rowlestone Robbie, acquired as a ram lamb by in 2010 and described by the Taylors as “a really good commercial tup who has proved ideal for producing prime lambs.”

Top Priced Texel Ram - 3,400gns

Top Priced Texel Ram - 3,400gns

Out of a dam by their own Bridon Nixon, the top price performer joined Keith and Sarah Bradley, of Dacre Banks, near Harrogate. Previously full-time farmers, now that Mr Bradley has turned 65, the couple are concentrating on pedigree Texels. They run a 50-strong flock at nearby Menwith Hill and their new acquisition will continue to perform as a commercial sire.

A ram lamb from Procters Farm in Slaidburn was crowned male and overall supreme champion. The title winner, Procters Viceroy, is a February-born son from the first crop of lambs by Tophill Union Jack, acquired from Lancashire breeder David Houghton for 11,000gns when a championship winner at Lanark, out of a dam sired by another Procters Farm’ star, the 50,000gns Haddo Ringleader, purchased in 2010.

The late Ringleader was described by Procters Farm flock manager Jeff Aiken as a “tremendous breeder, notably with his females.” He certainly lived up to his name in the show arena and this year alone was responsible for the first prize ewe at both the Royal Highland and Great Yorkshire Shows, along with the overall supreme at the Royal Welsh.

He also sired a Procters Farm shearling ewe that became supreme champion at the association’s annual winter show and sale of pedigree in-lamb females at Skipton last December.

Union Jack has also flown the flag, with a full brother to the Skipton victor selling for 8,000gns. His latest champion, a grandson of Knock Trident, was shown by Jennifer Aiken and sold locally for 1,400gns to Harold Peel in Embsay.

David Houghton, whose Tophill flock is based at Isherwood Farm, Affetside, near Bury, himself stepped up with the first prize shearling ewe, female champion and reserve supreme champion, by the Castlecairn SAS Commander son, the 16,000gns Milnbank Times Square, who won the Royal Highland Show as a lamb and was acquired two years ago by Mr Houghton.

He has since sold ram lambs to 7,000gns, while the Knock Orion-sired dam of the reserve champion has produced lambs to 11,000gns. Her latest issue became the top price Skipton female at 1,400gns when joining Mrs S Fitton in Kearsley, near Bolton. With an outstanding pen of sheep, the Tophill flock went on to achieve further successes with shearling gimmers sold at 900gns, 850gns and 650gns.

Show judge Neil Pamplin, who formerly ran the Ashfield Texel and Beltex pedigree flocks in Ringstead, Northants, described his ram lamb supreme champion as “absolutely tremendous.” He said: “It stood out as soon as it walked into the ring and while the gimmer reserve also had a tremendous body, the ram lamb looked the part in the show ring on the day. Both are worthy champions.”

Reserve male champion was the second prize ram lamb from the Loxley flock of Giggleswick’s John and Alison North. The January-born Loxley Va Va Voom is by the Milnbank Special One son Mellor Vale Top Man, acquired two years ago, out of a Garngour Patriot-sired dam. She sold for 1,350gns to the Manderlea flock of breed stalwarts, the Keighley family in Leathley, near Otley.

Reserve female champion was the second prize shearling ewe from Red Rose breeder James Robinson, who runs the Kaker Mill flock in Carnforth, near Lancaster. The February, 2014-born daughter of Hilltop Predator, out of a Tophill Knockout-sired dam, made 1,000gns on joining the Hellifield-based Gillians Laithe flock of young up-and-coming breeder William Watson.

Mother and son Jennifer and Luke Lodge, from Moss, near Doncaster, also performed well in the shearling gimmer class when each selling prize-winning entries at 1,000gns. Luke’s Moseley flock presented the third in class, by the 18,000gns Allanfauld Rockafella out of a dam bred by Templand Megane, while his mother’s Heyworth Lodge flock was responsible for the fourth prize winner, a Sportsmans Tremendous daughter bred from Haddo Neptune-sired dam. Both joined the same local buyer, John Beckwith, of Gargrave. Mrs Lodge also sold three further shearlings – two ewes and a ram – at 600gns each.

The first prize shearling ram came from the County Durham-based Deneside flock of 2102 Skipton Texel supreme champion David Nesbitt, of Winston, near Darlington. The 18-month-old Deneside Uppermost was, like his last champion, by the Livery Predator son, Allanfauld Rockafella, successfully shared in partnership with several other fellow Texel breeders and who has produced ram lambs to 9,000gns and females to 8,000gns. Out of a Callerton Outlaw-sired dam, Uppermost sold for 800gns to Neville and David Harrison, of Slaidburn.

First prize in the ewe lamb show class fell to a February-born daughter of Sportsmans Terrific 11 (by Milnbank Special One) from local breeders John and Linda Mellin, who run the Hull House flock in Hellifield. They acquired the sire for 6,000gns two years ago and he has already produced ram lambs to 5,000gns.

However, it was the first time the Mellins had sold one of the sire’s gimmer lambs, out of a Rascarrel Pele-sired dam, and she achieved top price in class of 400gns when returning to North Craven with John and Alison North. The Mellins sold further ewe lambs at 260gns twice, 250gns and 200gns twice.

Still with the ewe lambs, the third prize winner from the Pergill flock of Jill and Margaret Perrings in Rathmell made 210gns, while, outside the prizes, John Wood’s North Valley flock in Trawden accounted for a sale at 250gns with a Teiglum Outlaw daughter knocked down to Philip Hughes, of Angram, York.

David Towell’s Moor Top flock, based at Upper Leys Farm, Glusbuirn Moor, again received strong support at the fixture for a quality pen of shearling rams, the pick of which on price was Moor Top Unique, a son of Wigglesworth Spellbound, which joined David Ryder in Lindley, Huddersfield, for 2,100gns. This was followed by Moor Top Uncle Sam, by the same sire out of a ewe by Haltcliffe Jackpot, which fell for 1,800gns to B&K Wharf, of Thropton, near Rothbury in Northumberland.

A pen of shearling rams from the South Yorkshire-based Stonebridge flock of Steve and Sherry Richardson in Great Houghton, near Barnsley – Mr Richardson was Northern Area Texel Sheep Breeders chairman last year – also came in for strong support at the ringside.

Pen leader on price at 1,900gns was their third prize ram, Stonebridge Untouchable, similarly placed at this year’s Great Yorkshire Show and by Haddo Ringleader, bred from a dam by Cambwell Ranger. He fell to local buyer Chris Heseltine in Bolton Abbey. The Richardsons also sold further shearling rams at 1,400gns and 1,250gns.

The ram lamb section was eclipsed with the final lot of the day, Stainton Van Guard, from Peter Woof’s Stainton flock near Kendal. The well-bred son of Anglezarke Uno, out of a Carran Sutherland’s Star-sired dam, joined G Pyman in Penrith for 2,000gns. The Stainton flock also sent out the third prize ram lamb, a Sportsmans Tremendous son bought by JR&A Blades, of Muker, for 1,300gns.

The fifth prize ram lamb from the Beautry flock of Stuart Currie in Rathmell commanded the second highest price in the section at 1,700gns when returning to North Craven with Settle’s Paul Strickland. Beautry Vigilante is home-bred by Beautry Tot Of Rum, by a Mullan Magnificent-sired dam.

Shearling rams sold to an overall average of £686.70, compared to £647.39 the previous year. Other averages were: Shearling ewes £370.61 (2013 £419.71), ewe lambs £224.70 (£315), ram lambs £444.94 (£452.45).

Show classes were sponsored by Townson Fuels, Carrs Billington, Minexcel Nutrition, Skipton’s Tom Harrison, I’Anson Bros, CCM Auctions and Janet Sheard, agent for Massey Feeds and Glasson Group.

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