Gisburn Auction Marts first opening sale of breeding and store sheep on Saturday, saw the the annual production sale of registered Texels from William and Andrew, Holden, Higher Bold Venture, Oswaldtwistle start proceedings.
Two 2007 born stock rams by Ettrick Mighty Mouse sold at £500 and £300 respectively. The three shear Garngour Narrator sired ram sold for £380. The shearling gimmers by Knock Playboy sold for £360 and £310 and a three shear ewe sold for £410.
M Williams and Son, Criccin, North Wales sold two crop Texel ewes to £310 twice and four crops to £150 twice.
Next followed commercial ewes and lambs. Achieving the top price was Frank Barnes, Samlesbury with Mule Hoggs and singles at £208. Ewes with twins sold regularly in the £170-£180 bracket. Mule Shearlings from Mick Gillette, Mellor readily sold between £130-£138.
The opening show and sale of store lambs was judged by Chris Staines, Accrington. The best pen of 10 Continentals was won by E and M Townley and Son, Clapham which went onto sell for £75. Top price of the day at £78.50 was for black Texels from D R and G Snow, Glasshouses at £78.50. Overall Texel x lambs averaged £58, Suffolks £60.50, Charollais £59.50 and Mules £48.50.
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Andrew & William Holden with their 2007 born stock ram which sold for £500.