A 7,000gns call for a shearling ewe topped the Blue Texel prices at Worcester on Friday (2 September).

Leading trade was Whatmore Yippee from Steve and Sara Gibbons.

This Whatmore Wasp daughter is out of Whatmore Tilly, a Whatmore Siren daughter and sold to Jonathan Timms, Mileshill Place, Leeds, Yorkshire.

Then making 3,300gns was aged ram Hackney X Rated from the Watkins family’s Millend flock.

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This son of Whatmore Siren is out of Whatmore Vienna and sold in a two-way split to Clive Richardson and Janet Carson, both from Northern Ireland.

Close behind, at 3,200gns, was Hackney Your Joking from Paul Tippetts and Christine Williams.

This shearling tup is by Whatmore Siren and out of an imported dam and sold to Stays Moyse, Westhill, Aberdeenshire.

A 3,000gns call then followed that for the best of the ram lambs sold on the day, Millside DJA/16/01653A from David Alexander.

This lamb is by the 4,000gns Sams Yoyo and out of an imported dam and sold to Sam and Scarlett Hale for their Sacombe flock, Hertfordshire.

The Gibbons family was then back in the money when selling Whatmore Africa, a ewe lamb by Whatmore Wasp and out of a dam by Whatmore Tommy at 2,800gns.

This one sold to Nicola Beardsley and Harry Heath, Muggington, Ashbourne.

Two then sold at 2,000gns, with the first being another of the ewe lambs, the pre-sale champion from Andrew and Sam Froggatt.

This was Sams AFS/16/04959.

Sams AFS/16/04959

Sams AFS/16/04959 © John Eveson

She’s again by the 4,000gns Sams Yoyo and is out of a Beili dam by an imported sire.

This one was overall champion in the pre-sale show and sold to the judge, David Alexander.

The other to make this money was a shearling ram from the same home, Sams Yama.

He is by a home-bred sire and out of a dam by a Hillside sire and was bought by Glynn Arrowsmith, Llowes, Hereford, having stood first at Royal Three Counties and male champion at the Royal Welsh as well as reserve champion in the pre-sale show.

Averages: four aged rams £1,134, 32 shearling rams £706.95, 41 ram lambs, £514.63; 60 shearling ewes, £654.50; 50 ewe lambs, £496.44 (McCartneys).