Blue Texel sheep were in strong demand on Friday in Carlisle as David Alexander’s production sale from his Millside Blue Texel flock saw a top price of 2600gns and strong averages throughout all sections on offer.

Sale leader was one of Mr Alexander’s pick of the catalogue, a shearling ewe by a Craigalbert ram out of a homebred ewe. She sold to John Jones, Newtown, Powys. Mr Jones also bought another shearling ewe, this time by a Jonsland tup out of a homebred ewe which was knocked down at 1500gns.

Second highest price on the say was a call of 2000gns for a ewe lamb by a Craigalbert ram out of a homebred ewe which sold to John Lyle and Co, Leven, Fife. Mr Levan was another mass buyer and also paid 1100gns for a March 2008-born ewe by a Jonsland ram out of an imported ewe and another 2009-born ewe by a Craiglabert sire out of a homebred ewe for the same money.

At 1850gns a shearling ewe again by a Craigalbert tup out of a homebred ewe by a homebred tup sold to D L Jones, Pencadgr, Carmarthenshire, while a ram lamb by a Craigalbert sire out of a homebred ewe sold for 1800gns to A T Froggatt, Abotts Bromley.

Charollais breeder Charles Sercombe, Melton Mowbray, Leciestershire, paid 1500gns for a shearling ewe by a homebred ram out of a bagatelle ewe, while at 1200gns the next shearling ewe of similar breeding went to M N Jones, Ynys, Talsarndy. At the same money, A and J Allison, Carnwath, Lanark bought a ewe lamb by the 2010 royal Welsh Show champion.

Norfolk breeder Hayley Clarke was next in spending 1200gns on an older ewe by a Craigalbert sire out of a homebred ewe by an imported tup. She also paid 1100gns for a shearling ewe again by a Craigalbert sire out of a homebred ewe and the same money for a Jonsland tup-sired shearling ewe out of a homebred dam.

Averages: 10 ewes £939.75; 1 aged ram £1050; 25 gimmers £1095.24; 6 ram lambs £936.25; 11 ewe lambs £1038.55; 28 cross-bred gimmers £204.82 (Harrison and Hetherington).