Texel ram trade continued in a strong vein at the Solway and Tyne Texel Club’s sale at Carlisle on Friday with a top call of 14,000gns in the ram lambs and shearling tups selling to a top call of 5,400gns.

Heading the trade was a lamb from Robert Forsyth’s Baltier pen, Baltier Thunderbird by Stonebridge Roebuck and out of a dam by Kelso Ozone.  

Following the trend at this year’s sales, this one was a bare skinned lamb and sold with an index of 289. He sold in a three way split to Cammie Gauld, Cairnam, Kerr Jarvie, Duncryne, and Michael Rattray, Tullibardine.

Selling for the day’s second best price was the champion from the pre-sale show, Teiglum Topper from the Clark family at 12,000gns. This son of Strathbogie Smokey Blue is out of a dam by Craighead Masterpiece and sold with an index of 292. Snapping him up were the Wilkinson family for their Arkle flock with equal shares also taken by Robin Orr, Halbeath, and Matthew Jack, Kingdom.

Then making 10,000gns was Robbie Wilson’s first lamb in, Milnbank Tank. This substitute lamb had stood second in the open class in the pre-sale show and is by Castlecairn SAS Commander and out of a dam by Douganhill Lionheart. He went to Jimmy Douglas, Cairness and John Forsyth, Glenside.

Just 500gns shy of that and continuing a rich vein of form at this season’s main sales for Steve and Sherry Richardson was Stonebridge Tiger at 9,500gns. This Allanfauld Rockafella son is out of a dam by Rascarrel Nightlife and is an ET brother to the 5100gns gimmer from Worcester last week. He sold to J and J Dunlop, Dumfries.

And another pen which proved to be in demand was that of the Arkle flock of the Wilkinson family.

Their topper at 8,000gns was Arkle Tokyo Star, a son of Cambwell Rob Roy out of a dam by Newton Field King. This sold to the Rascarrel flock of Tom MacTaggart with an index of 312.

Albert and George Howie’s Knock flock has enjoyed a good season too and Carlisle was no exception, with their best making 7,000gns. This was Knock Tetley, a son of Supreme out of a dam by Garngour Nobleman. He sold to H G and I E Williams and I Jones, for the Llyfni and Llangwm flocks, respectively.

Another from the Howies, Knock Tarquin, again sired by Supreme and this time out of a dam by Knock Orion then sold at 6,000gns. He has an index of 318 and was bought by Brian Buchan for the Clinterty flock.

Also trading at 6,000gns was the first in from the Wilkinsons, Arkle Topaz, a son of Rob Roy out of a dam by Ellen Valley Nugget. With an index of 297 he also sold in a shared deal to W L and J A Forrester and R and J Plant, for the Doonguile and Bromley flocks, respectively.

Shearling Rams

Taking the top price in the shearling rams was the first prize shearling from the pre-sale show, Haltcliffe Storm, a Tamnamoney Ned son from Matt and Craig Ridley. This one is out of a dam by Douganhill Jermonimo and sold at 5,400gns to D g and D Jones and Son, Pentreath.

Selling at 4,000gns in the shearlings was Crailloch Smirnoff from Angus Mccolm. This Crailloch McCoist son is out of a dam by Cowal Kidnapper and was taken by A Hamilton, Lanark.

From the Ridleys at 2,550gns was Haltcliffe Sugar, by Haltcliffe Rob Roy and out of a Summerwood King Kong daughter. He was bought by B R Lawson and Son, Whashton.  And at 2,400gns was Haltcliffe Stig, another Tamnamoney Ned son out of another Jeronimo daughter which sold to T W Ireland, Ennerdale.

Following on at 2,300gns was Culter Allers Sir Jock from Messrs McCosh Bros. This son of Tullagh Pacha is out of a dam by Ireby Jock and sold to Messrs A E Williams and Son, Lun.

Two took 2,200gns bids, with the first being from the Crailloch pen. This was Crailloch Spartacus, an Annan Okay Dokey son out of a dam by Crailloch McCoist. Buying him was Anne Nairey for the Meinspride flock.

And also making 2200gns was Finevalley Shephards Pride from Allan Clark. This one is by Newhill Rock Star and out of a dam by Midlock Omega. Buyers here were J C and C M Dalton, Allendale.

Averages; one aged ram £682.50, 226 ram lambs £1106.97, 167 shearling rams £861.88 (Harrison and Hetherington).

Females

A shearling ewe from Albert and George Howie’s Knock flock, Aberdeenshire, led the trade in the females at the Solway and Tyne Texel Club’s sale on Thursday evening.

Bred from one of the most succesful female families in the Knock flock, the gimmer had taken the first prize ticket in the pre-sale show was knocked down at 6,000gns to Charlie Boden for the Sportsman’s flock, Cheshire.

The Howie’s sale topper was HAK1100152, a daughter of Cambwell Rob Roy out of a dam by Anglezarke Krug which is also dam to the 24,000gns ewe sold to Trinidad Investments two years ago.

Then selling at 2,200gns was the next in the ring from Knock, HAK1100215 another by Rob Roy and out of a dam by Tophill Nockout. She sold to Esmor Evans, Mold, for the Maerdy flock.

Just behind that at 2,000gns was one from the Sportsman’s flock of Charlie Boden. Mr Boden’s pen leader was BGS1100344, a daughter of Hen Gapel Royal Gold out of a dam by Castlecairn Keltic Star. She was bought by Ben Vernon, Rocester, Staffordshire.

Averages; 106 shearling ewes £516.18, 10 ewe lambs £302.40 (Harrison and Hetherington).